Kroger Names New SVP/Retail, Fry’s President

Kroger has promoted two executives at the corporate level and in its Fry’s division that are said to support its Restock Kroger initiative.

Steve McKinney, currently president of the Fry’s Food Stores division, has been promoted to svp/retail divisions for the company, effective February 5. Monica Garnes, currently corporate vice president of produce-floral merchandising, will succeed McKinney as president of the Fry’s division.

McKinney began his career with Kroger in 1981 as a clerk for Florida Choice Supermarkets, a former Kroger banner. In 1988, he joined Fry’s in Phoenix and served in various leadership positions, including deli director and executive director of operations. He was named vp/operations for Fry’s in 1998. In 2006, McKinney was named vp/operations for Kroger’s Southwest division. In 2007, he was named vp/operations for the company’s Ralphs division. He was named president of Fry’s in 2013.

Garnes launched her career with Kroger in 1995 when she joined the management training program in the Columbus division. She held a variety of leadership roles in her 23-year career with the company, including human resources coordinator, produce buyer, store manager, public affairs manager, and district manager before advancing to produce-floral merchandiser in the division.

She was promoted to vp/merchandising for the Fry’s division in 2013 and named to her current role in 2015.