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CINCINNATI, OH, July 31, 2003 -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Joseph A. Grieshaber Jr. has been promoted to group vice president of perishables merchandising and procurement. He also will become an officer of the Company.

Mr. Grieshaber, 45, previously served as vice president of merchandising for Kroger's Great Lakes division, based in Columbus, Ohio. He had held that position since 2000. Mr. Grieshaber began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a management trainee in Nashville. He has held a variety of significant management positions with the Company in Tennessee, Texas, Michigan and Ohio, including jobs in meat and seafood merchandising.

"We are pleased to welcome Joe to Kroger's senior management team," said Don McGeorge, Kroger president and chief operating officer. "His considerable merchandising experience will play an important role in the future growth of our high-quality perishables business."

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains. At the end of fiscal 2002, the Company operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,488 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 32 states under approximately two dozen banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith’s, Fry’s and Fry’s Marketplace, Dillons, QFC and City Market. Kroger also operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 784 convenience stores, 441 fine jewelry stores, 376 supermarket fuel centers and 41 food processing plants. For more information about Kroger, please visit our web site at

Kroger Contacts:
Media Contact: Gary Rhodes
(513) 762-1304

Investor Contact: Kathy Kelly
(513) 762-4969

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