Super(market) career: from bag boy to COO, grocery exec retiring


In 1967, St Cloud State University student Bob Thueringer took a job bagging groceries at Coborn’s in Sauk Rapids in his effort to to work his way through college. He stayed with the company, rose through the ranks and was named Coborn's chief operating officer in 2006. Now the St Cloud Times reported that he has announced his retirement.

The Star Tribune reports that Thueringer will depart on June 30 after 47 years with the company. In that time, Coborn's grew from three stores to 120 retail locations. The company has expanded from central Minnesota to a presence throughout the Midwest. It also operates Coborn's Delivers, a metro area grocery delivery service that took over Simon Delivers in 2008.

Under Thueringer's leadership, Coborn's introduced optical scanning, developed in-store pharmacies and added natural and organic departments.

Coborn’s board of directors has named the company's current chief financial officer Pam Osborn to the role of COO, effective Jan. 1.

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