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January 29, 2014

Ken Martindale, president and COO of Rite Aid, discussed the challenges involved and the careful process behind the reinvention of a brand, and shared the story of Rite Aid’s own reinvention as a company — and the decisions and strategies its leaders put in place to drive that transformation — at a special one-day summit co-hosted by The Drug Store News Group and the Mack Elevation Forum in August.

“How many of you are with a company that has come to the realization that the way you’re currently structured or the way you’re positioned simply isn’t enough in today’s marketplace; or that the products and services you’re providing are not as relevant to the changing consumer as they once were?” That was a key question Ken Martindale, president and COO of Rite Aid, had for attendees of a special one-day summit co-hosted by The Drug Store News Group and the Mack Elevation Forum in August. And nearly every hand in the room was raised in the air.

April 1, 2014

Kroger on Tuesday announced that SVP Robert "Pete" Williams plans to retire in May after 37 years with the company.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced that SVP Robert "Pete" Williams plans to retire in May after 37 years with the company.  

March 25, 2014

Crossmark, a sales and marketing services company, has named Ben Fischer CEO.

PLANO, Texas — Crossmark, a sales and marketing services company, has named Ben Fischer CEO.

He most recently served as Crossmark’s president and COO. He succeeds Joe Crafton, who is retiring after 26 years of service with the company. Fischer will assume his new role as CEO, effective April 7.

February 25, 2014

Kroger on Tuesday announced Dennis Gibson has been promoted to president of the QFC division.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced Dennis Gibson has been promoted to president of the QFC division. He succeeds Joe Fey, who was named president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division in January.

Gibson, 58, has been serving as VP merchandising in Kroger's Columbus division.

January 29, 2014

Rite Aid announced that associates in its corporate offices located throughout the greater Harrisburg area raised $613,555 during its 2013 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced that associates in its corporate offices located throughout the greater Harrisburg area raised $613,555 during its 2013 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region. Rite Aid has raised more than $6.4 million for the United Way of the Capital Region since it began holding a corporate campaign in 2002. 

January 21, 2014

Kroger on Tuesday named Jay Cummins president of the Smith's Food and Drug Stores division and Joe Fey president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday named Jay Cummins president of the Smith's Food and Drug Stores division and Joe Fey president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division.

January 9, 2014

Family Dollar Stores on Thursday announced that it has promoted Jason Reiser to the position of EVP - chief merchandising officer. Reiser will report to Howard Levine, chairman and CEO.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores on Thursday announced that it has promoted Jason Reiser to the position of EVP - chief merchandising officer. Reiser will report to Howard Levine, chairman and CEO. 

The company also noted that president and COO Michael Bloom has left the company to pursue other interests. The company will conduct a search for a new president and COO. 

January 9, 2014

Schnuck Markets chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck, 63, plans to transfer the latter title in March to his brother, president and COO Todd Schnuck, 55, the company said.

ST. LOUIS — Schnuck Markets chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck, 63, plans to transfer the latter title in March to his brother, president and COO Todd Schnuck, 55, the company said.

December 19, 2013

Rite Aid appears to be transitioning from a turnaround phase to one in which it's looking more toward future opportunities, company executives suggested in a conference call Thursday morning when announcing the chain's third quarter 2014 results.

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid appears to be transitioning from a turnaround phase to one in which it's looking more toward future opportunities, company executives suggested in a conference call Thursday morning when announcing the chain's third quarter 2014 results.

November 8, 2013

Rite Aid’s efforts to convert the chain to the new Wellness store format have been running smoothly for a couple of years now, but it was this year that the chain reached two key milestones.

Rite Aid’s efforts to convert the chain to the new Wellness store format have been running smoothly for a couple of years now, but it was this year that the chain reached two key milestones.

In May, the company announced that it had converted a majority of its stores in the Buffalo, N.Y., area to the format, for a total of nearly 100, marking the occasion with an event featuring John Standley, the company’s chairman and CEO, and Ken Martindale, the president and COO, as well as celebrity fitness expert Denise Austin.

November 5, 2013

Family Dollar president and COO Mike Bloom will be featured on the CBS award-winning reality series, "Undercover Boss" this Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. EST.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Family Dollar president and COO Mike Bloom will be featured on the CBS award-winning reality series, "Undercover Boss" this Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. EST. For the episode, Bloom went undercover in several Family Dollar stores and at one of the company's distribution centers, where he worked a variety of jobs alongside company team members. 

October 17, 2013

Kroger on Thursday announced that Michael Ellis will be named president and COO, effective Jan. 1, 2014, completing the succession plan announced in September.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Thursday announced that Michael Ellis will be named president and COO, effective Jan. 1, 2014, completing the succession plan announced in September. The company expects its board of directors to elect and name Ellis to those titles at the next board meeting in December.

October 14, 2013

Jason Reiser has been elevated to the role of SVP/lead merchandising officer at Family Dollar, according to an internal memo from company president and COO Mike Bloom.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Jason Reiser has been elevated to the role of SVP/lead merchandising officer at Family Dollar, Drug Store News has learned. "In this role, Jason will have executive responsibility for leading cohesive merchandising strategy and execution," noted company president and COO Mike Bloom. "Jason has already made a positive impact since joining Family Dollar in July.

October 14, 2013

One consequence of the government shutdown may be the erosion of consumer confidence among the poor, noted dollar store operator Howard Levine, executive chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, in a conference call with analysts last week.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — One consequence of the government shutdown may be the erosion of consumer confidence among the poor, noted dollar store operator Howard Levine, executive chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, in a conference call with analysts last week. "The way I think about these kind of things is it's just not a help to consumer confidence," he said. "The threat of the shutdown, the uncertainty regarding some of the government assistance that our consumers impact, the uncertainty around job growth are very real to our customer everyday."

September 23, 2013

Ideavillage Products Corporation announced the promotion of Ron Boger to president and COO.

WAYNE, N.J. — On Friday, Ideavillage Products Corporation announced the promotion of Ron Boger to president and COO. Playing a pivotal role in developing Ideavillage as one of the leading As Seen On TV companies in the industry, Boger is credited with bringing such item successes to the company as Stompeez, Bright Light Pillows, Fushigi, Smooth Away, Slim Shots, and more.

September 20, 2013

Kroger on Friday announced its board of directors' long-term CEO succession plan.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Friday announced its board of directors' long-term CEO succession plan. 

David Dillon, 62, a 37-year Kroger veteran who has been serving as CEO since 2003, will retire as CEO on Jan. 1, 2014, while continuing to serve as chairman — Dillon will serve as chairman through Dec. 31, 2014.

September 19, 2013

Rite Aid posted its fourth-consecutive profitable quarter Thursday as it reached a milestone in its store conversions and saw growth in the latest expansion to its loyalty program.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid posted its fourth-consecutive profitable quarter Thursday as it reached a milestone in its store conversions and saw growth in the latest expansion to its loyalty program.

September 11, 2013

Family Dollar Stores has named Jeffrey Macak as EVP supply chain, reporting to Mike Bloom, president and COO.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores has named Jeffrey Macak as EVP supply chain, reporting to Mike Bloom, president and COO.

For the last 13 years, Macak has served as VP global supply chain for Bed Bath & Beyond, where he was responsible for the supply chain, logistics and distribution of goods for the company and its subsidiaries.

June 24, 2013

Kroger on Friday announced it has named Rick Going president of the company's new Nashville division, Calvin Kaufman president of the new Louisville division, Jayne Homco president of the Michigan division and Erin Sharp group VP of Kroger manufacturing.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Friday announced it has named Rick Going president of the company's new Nashville division, Calvin Kaufman president of the new Louisville division, Jayne Homco president of the Michigan division and Erin Sharp group VP of Kroger manufacturing. 

June 24, 2013

Fresh off its third consecutive profitable quarter, Rite Aid has appointed Ken Martindale as president and COO, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Fresh off its third consecutive profitable quarter, Rite Aid has appointed Ken Martindale as president and COO, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Martindale, who is currently SVP and COO, as well as president of the Rite Aid Foundation, will assume the new position effective immediately. John Standley will continue as chairman and CEO.

June 10, 2013

Dollar Tree on Monday announced the promotion of Gary Philbin, 56, to the position of president and COO. He has served as COO since 2007.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree on Monday announced the promotion of Gary Philbin, 56, to the position of president and COO. He has served as COO since 2007.

June 5, 2013

Dee Amoré, the all-natural brand of Mr. Dee's, Inc., announced the launch of Dee Amoré Simply Baked — the never-fried french fries with less than 1 g of fat per serving.

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — Dee Amoré, the all-natural brand of Mr. Dee's, Inc., announced the launch of Dee Amoré Simply Baked — the never-fried french fries with less than 1 g of fat per serving.

May 28, 2013

After 50 years of service with the company, Kroger's mid-south division president John Hackett is retiring.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After 50 years of service with the company, Kroger's mid-south division president John Hackett is retiring. Hackett began his career with Kroger in 1963 as a store clerk in London, Ohio, while working his way through college at The Ohio State University.

April 25, 2013

Clif Bar on Wednesday promoted Kevin Cleary, president and COO, to CEO.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar on Wednesday promoted Kevin Cleary, president and COO, to CEO. In his new role as CEO, Cleary will focus on expanding Clif Bar’s growth in the sports nutrition and healthy snacks category while continuing to lead the company’s day-to-day business operations.

Owners Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford will continue as co-chairs of Clif Bar's board of directors.

April 20, 2013

“Sixty percent of all buying decisions have already been completed prior to ever speaking with a supplier. And most of us struggle with undervaluing our competitors and overvaluing our company assets. That is a deadly combination that makes you vulnerable.” That was one of the key messages Mack Elevation Forum founder and leader Dan Mack had for attendees of Friday morning’s Elevation Forum meeting. Mack created the program in 2008 for senior sales and marketing leaders, and today the group totals more than 30 companies who meet to discuss cutting-edge ideas and strategies emerging in the industry.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — “Sixty percent of all buying decisions have already been completed prior to ever speaking with a supplier. And most of us struggle with undervaluing our competitors and overvaluing our company assets. That is a deadly combination that makes you vulnerable.” That was one of the key messages Mack Elevation Forum founder and leader Dan Mack had for attendees of Friday morning’s Elevation Forum meeting.