Kroger Names Josh Harpole as New VP of Merchandising for Louisville Division
LOUISVILLE, KY - Kroger has recently announced the appointment of a new Vice President of Merchandising for its Louisville Division. Josh Harpole, former District Manager within Kroger’s King Soopers Division, has been tapped to fill the role, overseeing merchandising for 116 stores and over 17,000 employees throughout Kentucky, Southern Illinois, and Southern Indiana.
"His knowledge in both operations and merchandising will help our teams deliver a great experience as we work to serve America through food inspiration and uplift," Ann Reed, Louisville Division President, said in a statement reported by Louisville Courier Journal.
Harpole joined the King Soopers Division in 1994 as a courtesy clerk and continued to hold a variety of leadership roles. In 2006, he was named Operations Coordinator, and then, in 2008, was promoted to Assistant Merchandiser for Deli/Bakery, and later, Merchandiser for the same department.
The most recent position Harpole has held is that of District Manager, a role he was appointed to in 2017. Not only experienced, but well educated, Harpole earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Regis University as well as a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Colorado.
"Louisville is an exciting, growing division and I can’t wait to get started,” Harpole said in a release.
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