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• Kroger yesterday announced the the retirement of Jerry Clontz – president of the Mid-Atlantic division – after more than 48 years of service with the Kroger family of companies. Paula Ginnett will assume the role, effective November 1.

Ginnett joined Kroger after more than 25 years with Walmart Inc. For the past five years, she served as vice president, regional general manager for Walmart U.S.

• The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced yesterday that David Mitchell, President of Mitchell Grocery Corporation of Albertville, Alabama, has been presented with this year's Spirit of America Award, which recognizes a lifetime commitment to the independent supermarket industry.
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