85 Facts About Kroger


Kroger Company, or simply Kroger, is an American retail company that operates supermarkets and multi-department stores throughout the United States.

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Kroger operates 33 food processing or manufacturing facilities, 1, 618 supermarket fuel centers, 2, 251 pharmacies, and 225 The Little Clinic in-store medical clinics.

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Kroger Company is the United States' largest supermarket operator by revenue and fifth-largest general retailer.

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Kroger is one of the largest American-owned private employers in the United States.

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About two-thirds of Kroger's employees are represented by collective bargaining agreements, with most being represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers.

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In October 1963, Kroger acquired the 56-store chain Market Basket, providing them with a foothold in the lucrative southern California market.

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Kroger opened stores in Florida under the SupeRx and Florida Choice banners from the 1960s until 1988, when the chain decided to exit the state and sold all of its stores; Kash n' Karry bought the largest share.

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Kroger built an ultra-modern dairy plant in Indianapolis in 1972, which was then considered the largest dairy plant in the world.

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Kroger exited the Chicago market in 1970 selling its distribution warehouse in Northlake, Il.

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Kroger withdrew from the Minneapolis-St Paul area in 1970, selling 16 stores.

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Kroger exited Milwaukee in 1972, selling a few stores to Jewel.

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Kroger entered the Charlotte market in 1977 and expanded rapidly throughout the 1980s when it bought some stores from BI-LO.

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Less than three months after BI-LO pulled out, that company decided to re-enter the Charlotte market, and in 1988, Kroger announced it was pulling out of the Charlotte market and put its stores up for sale.

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Ahold bought Kroger's remaining stores in the Charlotte area and converted them to BI-LO.

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Kroger had a number of stores in the Western Pennsylvania region, encompassing Pittsburgh and surrounding areas from 1928 until 1984 when the U S began experiencing a severe economic recession.

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Kroger's exit ceded the market to lower-cost, locally owned rivals, most notably Giant Eagle and the SuperValu-supplied grocers.

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Kroger entered the competitive San Antonio, Texas, market in 1980 but pulled out in mid-1993.

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Kroger bought most of these stores back in 1999 and began reverting them.

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In 1982, Kroger sold the 65-store Market Basket chain it had operated for several years in southern California.

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In 1983, The Kroger Company acquired Dillon Companies grocery chain in Kansas along with its subsidiaries and the convenience store chain Kwik Shop.

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When that plant shut down, Kroger closed its northeastern Ohio stores in the Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown areas.

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Some of those former Kroger stores were taken over by stores like Acme Fresh Markets, Giant Eagle, and Heinens.

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Kroger opened and had about 50 stores in St Louis until it left the market in 1986, saying that its stores were unprofitable.

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Kroger experienced a similar withdrawal from Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1989.

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Additionally, the Houston market was strengthened when Kroger bought several stores from AppleTree Markets, which were former Safeway stores in early 1994.

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In 1998, Kroger merged with the then fifth-largest grocery company Fred Meyer, along with its subsidiaries, Ralphs, QFC, and Smith's.

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Kroger swapped all ten of its Greensboro, North Carolina-area stores in 1999 to Matthews, North Carolina-based Harris Teeter, for 11 of that company's stores in central and western Virginia.

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Long the dominant grocer in western Virginia, Kroger entered the Richmond, Virginia, market in 2000, where it competes against market leaders Martin's and Food Lion.

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Kroger entered the market by purchasing Hannaford stores that either already existed or were being built in Richmond.

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In 2001, Kroger acquired Baker's Supermarkets from Fleming Companies, Inc.

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In 2004, Kroger bought most of the old Thriftway stores in Cincinnati, Ohio, when Winn-Dixie left the area.

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In 2008, Kroger began a partnership with Murray's Cheese of New York City.

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Murray's Cheese counters within Kroger stores sell a variety of artisanal cheese from all parts of the world.

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On July 9, 2013, Kroger announced its acquisition of Harris Teeter in a deal valued at $2.

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In 2013, Kroger announced that the spouses of the company's unionized workers would no longer be covered by the company's insurance plan.

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Kroger cited the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a prime reason for the move.

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Kroger announced in April 2013 that full-time employees would maintain their health insurance benefits.

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On March 3, 2015, Kroger announced it will enter Hawaii, having registered with the state as a new business in February 2015.

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Kroger, which is in the process of looking for locations to open its first store, will face competition from Honolulu-based rivals Foodland and Times; major retailers Safeway, Walmart, and Costco; Japanese-owned Don Quixote; and Department of Defense-owned DeCA Commissaries.

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On May 1, 2015, Kroger announced the acquisition of the seven-store Hiller's Market chain in Southeast Michigan, and that it would operate all but one of those stores under the Kroger banner.

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In June 2015, Kroger eliminated the Harris Teeter brand from the crowded Nashville, Tennessee market, where its growth had been stunted by aggressive competition since it entered with six stores in the early-2000s.

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Kroger has traditionally had a market-leading presence in Nashville, and initially promised to keep the five remaining Harris Teeter stores open when it acquired the chain, but later said the market "did not support Harris Teeter's future business plans.

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On May 10, 2017, Kroger opened its first convenience store in Blacklick, Ohio, labeled "Fresh Eats MKT".

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Kroger is going to convert some Turkey Hill stores into the concept store.

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In February 2018, Kroger announced that it will be selling its 762 convenience stores to EG Group, a British service station operator, for $2.

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On May 17, 2018, Kroger announced a partnership with Ocado, a UK-based online supermarket.

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Kroger has taken advantage of its investment in online shopping capability to grow rapidly during the pandemic.

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On May 24, 2018, Kroger announced they were acquiring Home Chef for $200 million with an additional $500 million in incentives if certain targets are met by Home Chef.

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In July 2018, Kroger officials backed off a Net 90 payment plan to the produce industry.

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In October 2018, Kroger announced online wine delivery to 14 states in partnership with DRINKS.

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On December 4, 2018, Kroger announced a deal to sell food inside drugstore Walgreens.

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Kroger Express will offer meal kits and other meal solutions.

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Kroger has been investing millions of dollars, in replacing many cashier stations with automation by 2023.

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In March 2019, Kroger announced it was expanding its service with robotics company, Nuro to Houston, Texas with Nuro's autonomous Priuses.

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In September 2019, Kroger announced a partnership with the Plant Based Food Association to test a plant-based meat retail concept in 60 stores in Denver, and parts of Indiana and Illinois.

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In November 2019, Kroger unveiled an updated logo for their stores and company, with the '"Fresh For Everyone" tagline and the "Krojis".

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Kroger announced an expansion of its online wine delivery program into Arizona.

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In December 2019, Kroger was named the second-largest grocer in the nation with $110 billion in 2016 sales.

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In January, 2021 the Long Beach City Council in California, passed an ordinance making it mandatory for some large grocery stores—like Kroger—to provide their essential workers hazard pay of US$4 dollars an hour "effective immediately for 120 days.

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In October 2021, Kroger announced an expansion into South Florida with its online delivery service, 'Kroger Delivery'.

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Kroger Delivery is set to launch in the Northeast of the US and expand its operations in California, to be followed by sites in Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, and North Carolina.

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Kroger launched its online delivery services in Central Florida earlier in 2021.

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For Kroger, this move into foodservice distribution represents an expansion beyond its core retail grocery operations.

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Kroger's shares traded at over $32 per share, and its market capitalization was valued at US$25.

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Similar to rival chains Meijer, Sears, Kmart, Target, Walmart, and Albertsons, and modeled after Kroger-owned Fred Meyer, these stores contain multiple departments.

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In February 2006, Kroger announced plans for two new Kroger Marketplace stores to open by the end of the summer in Cincinnati suburbs Lebanon and Liberty Township.

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Kroger operates its own fleet of trucks and trailers to distribute products to its various stores, in addition to contracts with various trucking companies.

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In June 2018, Kroger announced testing driverless cars for delivering groceries.

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Similar to most major supermarket retailers, Kroger uses a three-tiered private label marketing strategy.

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Kroger offers a collection of its own branded products, referred to by the retailer as "Our Brands".

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The brand's launch marked the first time Kroger had delved into making its own gluten-free products, including flour mixes, bread, etc.

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The Simple Truth brand became the first Kroger offering to be introduced in China, on Alibaba's Tmall platform.

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Kroger previously owned and operated the SupeRx drug store chain.

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In 1985, Kroger outbid Rite Aid for the Hook's Drug Stores chain, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and combined it with SupeRx to become Hook's-SupeRx.

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In 1994, Kroger decided to exit the stand-alone drugstore business and sold its Hook's and SupeRx stores to Revco, which later was sold to CVS.

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Today, Kroger operates 2, 251 pharmacies, most of which are located inside its supermarkets.

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The Kroger Pharmacies continue as a profitable portion of the business and have been expanding to now include pharmacies in City Market, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs, Harris Teeter, Smith's Food and Drug, and Kroger Supermarkets.

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Since 1998, Kroger has added fuel centers in the parking lots of its supermarkets.

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In 2006, Kroger introduced a new common logo for all of its convenience store chains that is used at the fuel centers of all of its supermarket chains—a rhombus with a white, stylized image of the continental United States in the center bordered by four colored areas: dark blue representing the Pacific Ocean, red representing Canada, green representing the Atlantic Ocean, and yellow representing the Gulf of Mexico.

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In 2019, Kroger banned the use of Visa credit cards at two of its subsidiary chains: Foods Co.

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Kroger Wireless, formerly known as i-wireless, is a national private label wireless service provider sold in over 2, 200 retail locations within the Kroger family of stores across 31 states.

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Kroger Wireless allows customers to purchase phones at select Kroger store locations, via their website, or by bringing their eligible Sprint device for activation.

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In 2013, Kroger was noted for carrying 17 out of 22 Red List species, four of which are in the top list of said species.

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Kroger rebuffed their demand, stating, "If the local gun laws are to allow open carry, we'll certainly allow customers to do that based on what the local laws are.

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Kroger told employees that it will no longer provide two weeks of paid emergency leave for unvaccinated employees who contract COVID-19, unless local jurisdictions require otherwise.

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