Kroger President Mike Ellis Retires

Mike Ellis, the president and chief operating officer of Kroger, the parent company of Fred Meyer Jewelers, has retired after 40 years with the company.

Ellis has been president of Kroger since January 2014. He also served as president of Fred Meyer from 2006 to 2012, then he became the senior vice president of retail divisions, including jewelry.

“We’re very grateful to Mike for his contributions over the past 40 years, and we wish him all the best in retirement,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We have long taken a team approach to leadership, and together our highly experienced team of operators and merchandisers is focused on delivering on our aggressive growth goals.”

Kroger operates 2,626 supermarkets and department stores in 34 states and Washington, D.C., under 24 names, plus 327 fine jewelry stores, 780 convenience stores, 1,342 supermarket fuel centers, and 37 food- processing plants.