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Kroger Columbus Division President Macaulay To Retire After 40 Years

Bruce Macaulay
Bruce Macaulay

Last updated on June 14th, 2024 at 10:28 am

Bruce Macaulay will retire as president of Kroger’s Columbus Division in Ohio. Macaulay’s last day will be March 27.

Macaulay joined Kroger in 1973 as a part-time clerk. He worked at the Berwick Plaza store in Columbus while studying at The Ohio State University. He later transferred to the store on Refugee Road, the first in the company to use electronic scanners at check lanes.

Macaulay entered the company’s management training program in 1979. Through the years, he served in various roles, including co-manager, store manager, grocery merchandising and district manager.

He also spent several years at the company’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, holding positions like director of grocery merchandising, VP of grocery merchandising and procurement and group VP of grocery, drug/general merchandising, pharmacy and advertising. He also worked in Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton Division.

In 2008, Macaulay was named to his current position as president of the Columbus Division, where he oversees operations for 123 stores throughout northwest, southeast and central Ohio.

Prior to that, he served as president of the Great Lakes Division, a merger of Kroger’s Michigan and Columbus divisions.

Macaulay has always welcomed change and been passionate about growing the business, Kroger says. During his tenure, he was a leader in the development of category management. He led the consolidation of grocery merchandising to the corporate office.

Macaulay also played a key role in the merger of Fred Meyer.

In addition, he led the Columbus Division in opening the first Marketplace concept in a Kroger division in November 2004.

“Bruce is an extraordinary leader and gentleman,” said Mike Ellis, president and COO of The Kroger Co. “His passion for our associates, customers and the community have contributed to Kroger’s growth in countless ways. Bruce’s knowledge, compassion and guidance will be missed, but his legacy will continue within our industry, company and the community.”

During his time in Columbus, Macaulay actively supported the United Way, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the United Negro College Fund, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Easter Seals, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer, Meals on Wheels and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

In retirement, Macaulay plans to spend more time with his wife, two children and five grandchildren. A successor will be named at a later date.

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