Kroger Co. has been the dominant traditional supermarket chain in the U.S. for the last decade, but many of the building blocks of its current success were actually put in place more than half a century ago. As president and chief executive officer from 1946 to 1964, Joseph B. Hall took Kroger from being a far-flung network of 1,430 small, mom-and-pop style corner stores and created a modern supermarket company, nearly quadrupling sales to $2.3 billion and increasing the store count ...

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