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Updated Sep 15, 2013 - 9:20 am

Fry's Food Stores President Jon Flora dies

Fry's Food President Jon Flora died Friday. He was 58. (YouTube screenshot/FrysFoodStores)

PHOENIX -- The president of Fry's Food & Drug Stores has died.

Jon Flora was 58 when he suffered a massive heart attack at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Friday, a friend of the family told KTAR. He was going to Maine to vacation with his family.

According to Business Week, Flora was named president of Fry's in 2007. He previously served as the senior vice president of Kroger, the parent company of Fry's.

Flora joined Kroger in 1971 as a clerk and bottle boy at Dillon's Stores. During his career, he held a number of leadership positions with the company, including vice president of merchandising.

Earlier this year, Flora was honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix as a "true champion for children in need."

Dave Dillon, Kroger chairman and CEO, said Saturday that the company was deeply saddened by Flora's sudden death because he mentored many employees and was an "extraordinary leader."

"Jon leaves a legacy of enthusiasm and passion for doing what's right for our customers, our neighbors and our associates," Dillon said. "He touched the lives of countless people in our company as well as throughout our industry and community."

The Tolleson-based Fry's employs 18,000 in Arizona.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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