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Kroger appoints new Smith's Food and Drug president
January 21st, 2014
CINCINNATI – Kroger Co. has named Jay Cummins as president of Smith's Food and Drug Stores and Joe Fey as president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division.
Cummins, previously president of the Mid-Atlantic division, succeeds Mark Tuffin, who was appointed senior vice president of retail divisions in December.
"In his more than 40 years with the company, Jay has been an enthusiastic and passionate leader in each role he has held," Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "Jay's experience and commitment to our Customer 1st strategy will ensure Smith's continues to go above and beyond for our customers."
Smith's has 131 stores in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. The supermarket chain is based in Salt Lake City.
As president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division, Fey takes over the post vacated by Cummins. Fey previously served as president of the QFC division.
"Joe always leads by example and is deeply committed to our customers, our associates and our company," Ellis stated. "His merchandising expertise and experience in leading the QFC division will be great assets in our Mid-Atlantic division. We are looking forward to his positive energy and guidance."
Based in Roanoke, Va., Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division encompasses 121 stores in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.
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