business news in context, analysis with attitude

• Jon Flora, president of Kroger-owned Fry's Food Stores in Arizona, has passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 58.

Flora, who was familiar to customers because of his role as the public face of Fry's, was a longtime Kroger employee - he started as a clerk and "bottle boy" at its Dillons stores in 1971. And he was highly thought of both inside and outside the company for his volunteer efforts, particularly with hunger-related charities.

Kroger Chairman/CEO Dave Dillon released a statement that said, in part: “We are deeply saddened to lose Jon, our dear friend and extraordinary leader ... Jon leaves a legacy of enthusiasm and passion for doing what’s right for our customers, our neighbors and our associates. He touched the lives of countless people in our company as well as throughout our industry and community. ... Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
KC's View: