Mark Tuffin takes reins at Smith's

Jim Hallsey to retire

CINCINNATI — Kroger banner Smith's has a new president.

Mark Tuffin will succeed Jim Hallsey, who is retiring from his post after 47 years of service with Smith's and Kroger, the supermarket retailer announced Tuesday. Hallsey served in his role as president of Smith's since 2001.

Tuffin, who most recently served as Kroger's VP transition, leading the company's efforts to implement significant organizational changes between all areas of the business, brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role. Tuffin joined Smith's in 1996.

"Mark possesses remarkable leadership skills and experience in both the Smith's division and leading Kroger's transition efforts," Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen said. "Despite the challenges of organizational change, he never lost sight of our core mission to put the customer first. We are pleased Mark has accepted this new role."

Smith's operates 133 stores throughout seven Western states.

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