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Kroger COO retires

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI – Kroger on Tuesday announced that Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO, has retired after 40 years with the company. 
 
"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 CEO. "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."
 
Ellis' successor will be named at a later date. 
 
Ellis joined Fred Meyer in 1975 as a parcel clerk at age 16, and went on to serve in a series of operations and merchandising leadership positions in stores, division management and as a corporate officer. He was VP of Fred Meyer's food group before joining Kroger as a senior officer in 2004. He returned to lead Fred Meyer as president in 2006. He was promoted to SVP retail divisions in 2012, leading five operating divisions, as well as Kroger's jewelry and convenience store businesses, and became president and COO on Jan. 1, 2014.
 
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Sam’s Club to offer free health screenings the week after the Fourth of July

BY Michael Johnsen

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Sam's Club is extending an invitation to  both members and non-members on July 11 with a free health screening in those locations with a pharmacy. 
 
“It’s important that as people age they take proactive health steps so they can live long lives and help reduce their healthcare costs,” stated Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP Sam’s Club health and wellness. “By offering these free screenings, we hope to give older adults a chance to protect one of their most valuable assets – their health.”
 
The screenings are valued at $150 and include tests for blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, risk ratio, glucose and body mass index. 
 
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Crazy Foam returns to shelves for first time since ’90s

BY Lesley Thulin

BOSTON — Crazy Foam, a 3-in-1 body wash, shampoo and conditioner featuring cartoon characters, will return to shelves after a decades-long hiatus.

Launched in 1965 by the American Aerosol Company and known as “Fun Foam Soap,” Crazy Foam will be available in three character sets: DC Comics, Looney Tunes and Justice League, featuring such characters as Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Bugs Bunny and Green Lantern.

“Playing with Crazy Foam in the tub is one of my fondest childhood memories because it transformed bath time into an opportunity to let my imagination run free by creating vivid worlds for my Crazy Foam characters to live in,” Crazy Foam International CEO Josh Fink said.

Until the ’90s, Crazy Foam featured Popeye, Spider-Man and The Hulk. The new generation, available at Kroger and retailing for $5.99, includes a larger can and more accessible button.

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