CINCINNATI — In the great race to build supermarkets that emerged after World War II, Kroger Co., as befits its conservative personality, was more like the tortoise than the hare. After the company famously passed up its chance to go down in history when it let Michael Cullen leave the company to found King Kullen, which became known as the originator of the self-service supermarket concept, Kroger now sits comfortably ahead of the pack. Robert Aders, who worked at Kroger for 13 years ...

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