BOULDER, Colo., Dec 21, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Wild Oats Markets, Inc. (OATS), a leading national natural and organic foods retailer, today announced Robert Miller has been elected to serve as non-executive Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Miller brings more than 40 years of business management experience with leading food retail corporations to further add depth to the Wild Oats Markets Board of Directors.
Mr. Miller currently serves as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Rite Aid Corporation, one of the nation's leading drugstore chains. Mr. Miller was also the Chief Executive Officer of Rite Aid from December 1999 until June 2003. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Kroger Company, a leading retail food company. He joined Kroger in 1999 when the company acquired Fred Meyer, Inc., where he served as CEO since 1991. Mr. Miller started his food retail career at Albertson's Inc. where he spent 30 years in several senior management positions.
Mr. Miller replaces John Shields as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Shields elected to step down as Chairman earlier this year, but continues to serve as a Director on the Wild Oats Markets Board.
Wild Oats Markets, Inc. is a nationwide chain of natural and organic food markets in the U.S. and Canada. With annual sales of nearly $1 billion, the Company currently operates 108 stores in 24 states and British Columbia. The Company's natural food stores include Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Henry's Marketplace, Sun Harvest and Capers Community Markets. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.wildoats.com.