KROGER’S CURRENT LONGEST-SERVING ASSOCIATE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
PICKERINGTON DAIRY CLERK TO RETIRE AFTER 63 YEARS
WESTERVILLE — After 63 years with Kroger, the company’s current longest serving associate, Larry Arnold, retired at the end of February. The 79-year-old from Falls Township in Muskingum County, Ohio, worked as a dairy clerk at the Pickerington Marketplace. He started with the company in 1953, when a week before his 16th birthday he accepted a job as a clerk at the former Market Street store in Zanesville.
Kroger, the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets, employs approximately 443,000 associates across the country. Arnold decided in December to pass along his title of longest-serving associate. “It’s just a feeling everybody gets,” he said. “They always said you know when you’re done, and I knew when I was done.”
“Kroger is grateful to Larry for his decades of service to the company and its customers,” said Kroger Columbus Division President Joe Grieshaber. “All of us with Kroger congratulate him and his family on a tremendous career, and wish him all the best in retirement.”
Since the announcement in December, Arnold has been enjoying some time away from work, but on a visit to the store earlier this month, he confessed leaving won’t be easy, “I will miss the people — you’ll always miss the people — and I’ll miss the customers, we have nice customers up here.”
Kroger hosted a retirement celebration for Larry at the Pickerington Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road North on Feb. 28.