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CINCINNATI, Ohio, September 22, 2008 – The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) is honored to recognize 35 leaders who were named “Top Women in Grocery” this year by Progressive Grocer, a leading industry publication.

“Kroger’s impressive list is a tribute to the spirit of diversity that is gaining traction throughout the food industry – especially among supermarket operators – which in our minds makes retailing a much more rich and effective enterprise that reflects an increasingly diverse consumer base,” said Stephen Dowdell, editor-in-chief of Progressive Grocer.

Of the 90 women selected from hundreds of nominations throughout the industry, including retailers, suppliers and wholesalers, 35 work in Kroger’s family of stores. Top Women were recognized in three categories: Senior Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers.

“It is an honor to have so many of our great leaders recognized by Progressive Grocer,” said David B. Dillon, chairman and chief executive officer of Kroger. “These women represent the thousands of dynamic women who have decided to build their careers with Kroger. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated professionals devoted to making Kroger a terrific place to shop for our customers and a great place to work for our associates.”

The following women were selected:

Cindy Bondar Director of Labor Relations Kroger, Indianapolis, IN
Kendra Doyel Director of Public Affairs Fry’s, Phoenix, AZ
Bette Foley Senior Vice President of Operations Food 4 Less, California
Martha Freitas Assistant Human Resources Manager Kroger, Houston, TX
Holly Fritz Facility Engineering Kroger, Indianapolis, IN
Jayne Homco Vice President of Merchandising Kroger, Houston, TX
Anne Jenkins Assistant Advertising Manager Kroger, Roanoke, VA
Sandra Jones Store Manager Kroger, Apex, NC
Denise Kerr Store Manager City Market, Grand Junction, CO
Karyn Kobos Operations Coordinator Kroger, Atlanta, GA
Christina Konrad Regional Construction Manager Kroger, Dallas, TX
Brenda Lightfoot District Manager Kroger, Houston, TX
Sukanya Madlinger Vice President of Merchandising Kroger, Cincinnati, OH
Gloria Matthews Zone Operations Manager Kroger, Atlanta, GA
Tameeka McClain Natural Foods Merchandiser Kroger, Roanoke, VA
Shannon Miller Store Manager Kroger, Ashland, KY
Brenda Mills Store Manager Kroger, Beaumont, TX
Fran Orphan Store Manager Kroger, Midlothian, VA
Marnette Perry Senior Vice President Kroger, Cincinnati, OH
Peggy Prescott Human Resources Manager Kroger, Atlanta, GA
Brenda Preston Store Manager Kroger, Hollins, VA
Kandas Queen Store Manager Kroger, Weston, WV
Linda Severin Vice President of Corporate Brands Kroger, Cincinnati, OH
Kelli Sluder Store Manager Kroger, Johnson City, TN
Elizabeth Smith Store Manager Kroger, Dallas, TX
Molly Stiles Store Manager Kroger, Farragut, TN
Carol Swindle Store Manager Kroger, Plano, TX
Dee Tanner District Manager Kroger, Louisville, KY
Jody Tucker District Manager Kroger, Houston, TX
Stephanie Turner Division Manager Kroger, Atlanta, GA
Debbie Veselka Pharmacy Merchandising Kroger, Houston, TX
Joan Vogel District Operations Specialist Kroger, Houston, TX
Katie Wolfram Vice President of Merchandising King Soopers, Denver, CO
Kary Wright Store Manager Smith’s, Salt Lake City, UT
Kathleen Wright Director, Perishable Food Partnership Kroger, Portland, OR

Kroger, one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains, is honored to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2008. The Company’s more than 320,000 associates serve customers in 2,476 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, Dillons, QFC and City Market. Kroger associates also serve customers in 779 convenience stores, 393 fine jewelry stores and 737 supermarket fuel centers the Company operates. The Company also operates 41 food processing plants in the U.S. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about the Company, please visit our web site at

Kroger Contacts:
Media: Meghan Glynn
(513) 762-1304

Investor: Carin Fike
(513) 762-4969

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