LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- John Hackett, President of the Mid-South Region of Kroger started out as a bagger. It led to a career with the company based in Louisville that spanned more than five decades. He was in charge of more than 160 stores across the region, but now he’s decided to retire.
“It just makes sense. My kids are grown up, my grandkids are growing up and I really want to spend more time with them,” said Hackett.
Hackett also spearheaded the company’s community involvement in charities, something that he says will go unchanged.
“Whether it’s the Crusade or Dare to Care food bank, UofL, UK, Churchill Downs, we're going to be staying just as involved. I want it to be that way and I tried to set it up before I left that everyone would have a piece to play and I think that's going to happen,’ said Hackett.
No word on who will take his place, but he expects the company will make an announcement before he retires at the end of June.