The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) Friday (14 September) announced that Lawrence M. Turner, who has served as Treasurer since 1984, plans to retire in early 2002 after 28 years with the Company. Mr. Turner, 54, will take early retirement from his full-time position on January 5, 2002. However, he will be available to assist on corporate refinancing projects through June 2002.