Kroger Near Me
The Kroger Company is an American supermarket chain. Since the company was founded over 130 years ago, it has grown to be a market leader in the United States. Today the company has stores in over thirty states. The chain owns supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, pharmacies and jewelry stores, as well as food processing and manufacturing facilities.
The company has over two thousand locations, has several billion dollars of assets, and operates with over one hundred billion dollars in revenue. The company employs over four hundred thousand Americans, and is publicly traded on the NYSE. To find a Kroker shop near you, simply search for “Kroger near me”.
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How large is The Kroger Company?
The Kroger company currently has 2,778 locations across America. These locations are in thirty four states. They also run 786 convenience stores and 326 jewelry stores. Kroger also operates 1,360 supermarket fuel centers and 2,122 pharmacies. The company employs over 431 thousand workers across its businesses. The Kroger Company owns assets totalling $34 billion, and has a net income of just over $2 billion. The company trades on the New York Stock Exchange with the symbol KR, and is on the Standard and Poor’s 500 large companies. In recent years the company has continued to purchase other smaller supermarket chains in order to expand business into new markets. Today the company headquarters is in Cincinnati, Ohio.
How did The Kroger Company begin?
In the 1880s, Bernard Kroger, the son of a merchant used his life savings (approximately $10 thousand in today’s money) to open a grocery store business in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kroger experimented early with business practices, and made his own products such as bread so customers would not need to visit a separate bakery. In the 1920s and 1930s Kroger began the first grocery chain in America to monitor its product quality, and tested the food it sold. By the 1950s, The Kroger Company began to expand and purchase other supermarket chains, including Henke Pillot of Houston, Texas; Krambo Food Stores, Inc, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Market Basket in southern California; and Big Chain Stores, Inc. of Shreveport, Louisiana. This enabled it to enter the market in states in which it had no stores of its own. In the 1970s, Kroger became the first American grocery company to use electronic scanners, and to participate in consumer research.
What products are sold by Kroger?
The supermarkets owned by Kroger sell meats, groceries and dairy products as in other supermarkets. The company previously owned the drugstore chain known as SupeRx, but later decided to sell its stakes in this business. Today Kroger also owns and operates its own pharmacies in 31 states. These pharmacies sell medicines and health products. They also offer patient advice and give flu shots during flu season. Most Kroger supermarket locations also include movie rental kiosks from Redbox. Kroger also operates a personal finance business known as Kroger Personal Finance. This business sells insurance, home equity loans and mortgages, and also offers various credit card plans.
You can find a Kroger supermarket, pharmacy or other business in your area by searching for “Kroger near me”.
Kroger Near Me – Kroger Facts
Kroger is the largest supermarket chain in America by revenue. It is the second largest retail company in America, behind Walmart. It is also the third-largest retailer in the world, behind Walmart and Costco.
Kroger helps to feed the homeless and poor in America. They are one of the one hundred partners of Feeding America, a non-profit organization that operates food banks, soup kitchens and shelters. In 2014, Kroger donated food and funds equivalent to 270 million meals! The company has also donated $30 million to breast cancer research programs. Kroger is the United Service Organization’s largest cumulative donor, having contributed $15 million since 2010. Kroger also donated $51 million to over 140 thousand schools and educational organizations in 2015.
Kroger also takes steps to reduce its impact on the environment. Over 1100 of its stores feature organic recycling. It uses 100% sustainable palm oil in its products. It is also taking steps to improve its fleet of trucks and vehicles. Thirty one trucks have been converted to run on natural gas instead of gasoline, and fleet productivity has been improved by 41% since 2010. Almost all of Kroger’s manufacturing plants operate using a zero-waste policy. The company has managed to reduce its overall electricity consumption by 20 million kilowatt-hours.
The Kroger Company has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices since 2013. In 2015, it was named the Energy Star Award Partner of the Year.
Recent Kroger stores exist as both ‘combination’ stores and ‘marketplace’ stores. Its ‘combination’ stores are the primary type, and include a complete supermarket and pharmacy. The average size is 77 thousand square feet, and startup costs tend to average $19 million. ‘Combination’ stores also include perishable, healthcare, natural and organic and pet care sections. ‘Marketplace’ stores can be twice as large, between 100 and 145 thousand square feet, and cost on average $23 million to establish. These stores contain all the features of the ‘combination’ stores, but also include larger prepared food and merchandise sections. These sections sell clothing, toys and home goods. As of 2015, 117 of Kroger stores are ‘marketplace’ stores.
California has the most Krogers locations, with 321 stores in 2015. 202 of those stores are in the Los Angeles area alone. Ohio has the second-most, with 212 stores existing in the same year. Delaware and Florida are the states with the fewest locations, with just two and one stores respectively!
Kroger owns 784 convenience stores in 18 states. 725 of these operate as gas stations, as well. These locations do not generate much income for Kroger, however, with the convenience store arm of the business only generating 4% of total sales for the company.
To find your nearest Kroger locations, just search for “Kroger near me”!