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• Kroger has promoted Steve Young, vice president of process change at the grocery chain's corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, to be its new vice president of operations in its Central Division.

• Tops Friendly Markets announced the hiring of Mike Lumadue to be the company’s director of health and beauty care and general merchandise. Lumadue was most recently the director of health and beauty care and general merchandise at Weis Markets.

• Jeffrey Rein reportedly has retired as chairman/CEO of Walgreen Co., to be succeeded by Alan McNally, a member of the broad of directors, while a search for a permanent replacement is conducted.

No reason was given for Rein’s departure, but speculation was that the board was displeased with current operating results and wanted to shake things up.

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