Flora, who joined Kroger in 1971 as a clerk at Dillon’s, spent his career in many leadership positions within the company, including vice president of merchandising, vice president of the Southwest Division, president of the Michigan and Great Lakes Divisions, senior vice president and officer presiding over seven of Kroger’s supermarket divisions, and in 2007 was named president of Fry’s.
Flora was instrumental in strengthening relationships, said Rodney Mullen, Kroger president and chief operating officer, in a statement. “Jon’s deep industry knowledge and innovative skills engaged and inspired those around him,” he said, in the statement. “He was a great teacher and friend who also was eager to learn from others. Jon was a hands-on leader and his favorite place to be was in the stores with his 18,000 Fry’s associates. We will all miss him deeply, he was an unbelievable human being.”
Flora was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as the “2013 Valley’s Most Admired Leaders” and the “2012 Executive Volunteer of the Year.”
Jo Ellen Lynn, Fry’s spokeswoman, said funeral arrangements are pending.