King Soopers President Russ Dispense to retire
The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, announced that Russ Dispense, president of its King Soopers division, will retire July 1, after 51 years with the company. His successor will be announced at a later date.
"Throughout his distinguished career, Russ has always been known for his passion for the community, King Soopers and for people. His desire to see those who work with him grow and develop has changed the lives of our associates and touched the lives of our customers," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Under Russ's leadership, King Soopers has grown significantly while remaining Colorado's favorite grocery store in a highly competitive market. Russ will end his incredible career as our longest-serving King Soopers president. We are grateful for his many years of exceptional service and leadership, and wish him, Debbie and their family all the best in retirement."
A Colorado native, Dispense began his career in the supermarket industry in 1965, when he joined King Soopers as a courtesy clerk. He served in various leadership positions in stores and district management through the years, as well as at warehouses, manufacturing plants and administrative offices. Dispense was promoted to vice president of retail operations and merchandising for the King Soopers division in 1983. He also served as vice president of real estate. In 1999, he was promoted to president of Kroger’s Smith’s division, based in Salt Lake City. Dispense was named to his current role as president of King Soopers/City Market division in 2001.