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Kroger names new president for Fred Meyer Stores

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Monday named Joe Grieshaber the president of Fred Meyer Stores, replacing Jeff Burt, who resigned from the company. Target on Monday announced Burt would be joining its ranks to lead its grocery business, effective April 10. Previous to his new post, Grieshaber has been serving as president of Kroger's Columbus division.

Succeeding Grieshaber will be Dan De La Rosa, who has been promoted to serve as president of Kroger's Columbus division. De La Rosa currently serves as VP merchandising for Fred Meyer Stores.

Grieshaber will serve as president of the company's Fred Meyer division, based in Portland, Ore., effective immediately. "Joe is known throughout the retail industry as an exceptional leader who always brings out the best in his people and teams," stated Fred Morganthall, Kroger's EVP retail operations. "His depth of experience will help the Fred Meyer team build on their successes and continue to innovate and deliver a unique shopping experience for our customers."

Grieshaber began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a store management trainee in Nashville, Tenn. He has served in a variety of leadership roles with Kroger, including meat merchandiser, district manager and as VP merchandising for the Columbus division. In 2003, he was named group VP of perishables merchandising and procurement, where he was responsible for fresh and natural foods throughout Kroger's family of stores. He was promoted to president of Dillons in 2010, and was named to his current role in 2015.

Grieshaber and his wife, Vickie, have three grown daughters and five grandchildren.

De La Rosa will serve as president of Kroger's Columbus division, which operates food stores primarily in central, northwest and southeast Ohio. "Dan is a dynamic leader who combines a passion for people with strong experience in both merchandising and store operations," Morganthall said. "Dan's commitment to associate development and putting the customers first will help ensure the Columbus division's continued success."

De La Rosa joined the company as a clerk's helper in the Ralphs division in 1980, where he served in a number of store operations and merchandising roles, including store director, director of corporate brands for both Ralphs and Food 4 Less and district manager. Since 2007, De La Rosa has served in a variety of merchandising roles, including regional director of merchandising for the company's western region. In 2013, he was promoted to VP meat and seafood merchandising for Kroger, and in 2015 he was named to his current role as VP  merchandising for Fred Meyer.

De La Rosa and his wife, Denise, have one grown daughter.

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Rite Aid enters 23rd year raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Monday announced the launch of its annual Miracle Balloon campaign in support of local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the company’s annual Miracle Balloon campaign. Rite Aid customers will be encouraged to support their local children’s hospital by purchasing $1 paper Miracle Balloon and in return, customers will receive $7 in coupon offers for select products sold at Rite Aid.

“For nearly 25 years, Rite Aid has been a proud sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” stated Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our associates to raise funds during the campaign and the generosity of our customers and supplier partners, we’re able to bring our core value of being a caring neighbor to life, helping to make miracles happen for children being treated at the 95 hospitals we support across the country.”

The 2017 campaign marks Rite Aid’s 23rd year of fundraising for the organization, which helps provide pediatric equipment, treatments, research, therapy programs and charitable care benefiting sick and injured kids. Since becoming a partner in 1994, Rite Aid has raised nearly $81 million, including $6 million in 2016, for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, making Rite Aid the organization's sixth largest corporate partner. In addition to selling Miracle Balloons, Rite Aid associates host a variety of special fundraisers such as motorcycle rides, golf and fishing tournaments, plant and flower sales and car washes.

“We’re thrilled our long-time partner, Rite Aid, is kicking off their annual fundraising campaign during Children’s Hospitals Week, a new initiative dedicated to shining a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it,” said John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “We are so grateful for Rite Aid’s continued support and applaud their unwavering commitment to improve the lives of the sick and injured children.”

 

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Former Rite Aid COO named to top post at QuickChek

BY Brian Berk

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — QuickChek announced John Schaninger, VP of sales and marketing, left the company and has been replaced by former Rite Aid COO Rob Easley.

Schaninger served QuickChek, operator of 10 pharmacy locations, for 38 years. He left to pursue other interests.

"John has played a vital role in the growth of QuickChek," said QuickChek CEO Dean Durling. "He felt the time was right to pursue other opportunities. We thank him for his many years of service and all the contributions he has made."

Easley served as Rite Aid’s COO in 2007 and 2008. He also served H-E-B for 16 years from 1991-2006 as a senior marketing and operations executive. He joined QuickChek in February as its senior vice president of merchandising and marketing, a newly created position.

“We are very pleased to have Rob Easley join our senior management team,” said Durling. “While we are celebrating our first 50 years, Rob’s strong background in marketing, strategic planning and operations will help us grow to the next level as we look to our future.”

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