ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Coborn’s Inc. said that Bob Thueringer, chief operating officer, will retire next year after 47 years at the company.Coborn's COO Bob Thueringer

He will be succeeded by Pam Osborn, who is currently chief financial officer. The transition is scheduled to take place effective Jan. 1, 2014. Osborn’s successor has not been named.

Coborn's CFO Pam OsbornThueringer joined Coborn’s in 1967 as a bagger at a Coborn’s supermarket in Sauk Rapids, Minn., launching a long and successful career that culminated with his promotion to COO in 2006. During his time at the company, it grew from three grocery stores to 120 retail locations, including 48 grocery stores. Thueringer is credited with helping lead Coborn’s through strategic acquisitions, emerging technologies and evolving consumer trends. He was also a perennial executive sponsor of the company’s annual United Way campaign, which raises more than $300,000 each year for local United Way chapters.

“I am grateful for the tremendous experience I have had at Coborn’s,” said Thueringer. “My career was filled with countless opportunities to learn, grow and spread my wings. I was empowered to be entrepreneurial and to take risks. I had the good fortune of working with so many good, talented people. I have grown to love this company and our employees, and everything we stand for.”


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"Bob is an iconic leader at Coborn’s and is one of the best in the business,” said Coborn’s president and chief executive officer, Chris Coborn. “He understands and appreciates what it means to take care of the customer.”

Osborn has been Coborn’s CFO since June 2011. Prior to that, she was the company’s vice president of finance and accounting, as well as the company’s controller. She also previously was vice president of operations at Nash Finch Co.

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