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The If List: Getting to Know Kroger’s Thom Stead

The If List: Getting to Know Kroger’s Thom Stead


PLANO, TX
Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

With a tenure spanning over 15 years, Thom Stead brings determination, leadership, and an adaptive mindset to his career; the same can be said for his regular day-to-day. Rising through the ranks at Kroger in several different departments, Thom now watches over the dynamic and fast-paced Meat and Seafood categories. However, his answers to these questions show a different side.

Join me in our The If List feature as we look into the quirks, habits, and inner motivations of those working on the buy-side.

If you had to choose now, what would your last meal consist of?

Chips and salsa from Chuy’s.”

If you could have any actor play you in a movie, who would you want?

“Daniel Day-Lewis.”

If you could imagine yourself in a different industry, what would it be?

“Forestry.”

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

“My dad’s mom; I never got to meet her.”

If you had to wear the same thing every day, what items of clothing would you pick?

“Jeans and a T-shirt.”

If you were another species in the animal kingdom, what would you be?

“A great blue heron.”

If you could make everyone watch a movie of your choosing, which movie would you want them to see?

High Fidelity.”

If you had to eat the same thing every day for the rest of your days, what would you eat?

“Cucumbers.”

If you could join a musician, dead or alive, on stage to sing along or play an instrument with, who would you choose and why?

“Hamilton Leithauser; his songs feel genuine.”

If you could re-experience an awesome day in your life, what day would you choose and why?

“The day my wife and I rented a car in the middle of winter. We were in the most northern part of Norway and adventured in the countryside.”

If you had a superpower, what would you want it to be?

“Pause time.”

If you had to choose one song to be the soundtrack of your year, what would it be?

Cub Pilot’ by Fruit Bats.”


Keep reading Deli Market News as we continue to dive deep into the thought-leaders, movers, and shakers driving our industry.

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