Charles Mitchell, VP of operations for The Kroger Co.’s Atlanta Division, is retiring after 43 years with the Cincinnati-based grocer.
“Throughout his extraordinary career, Charles has been a strong contributor to the success of the Atlanta Division,” said Bruce Lucia, Kroger’s Atlanta division president. “He has made a positive impact across our industry, and his knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed. We thank Charles for his many years of dedicated service and wish him and his wife, Toni, the very best in retirement."
Variety of Leadership Roles
Mitchell began his career with Kroger in 1972 as a management trainee in Atlanta. Throughout his career, Mitchell held a variety of leadership roles in merchandising and operations, and has been VP of operations since 2009.
“It has been a privilege to serve as Kroger's vice president of operations,” Mitchell said. “I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me, and to our associates for their commitment to Kroger customers.”
A graduate of Tuskegee University, Mitchell held a leadership role in the grocer’s Multicultural Committee and Enterprise Diversity Committee, and is an active supporter of the United Negro College Fund, helping to raise more than $1 million to support the nonprofit over the years.
Based in Atlanta, Kroger’s Atlanta division is one of the Southeast’s largest retail grocery chains, with more than 186 stores, covering Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina.