Operations

Operations Overview

Food stores are our primary business and account for approximately 94% of total company sales. Our convenience and jewelry stores and manufacturing facilities contribute the remainder of total sales. The information below is current as of December 18, 2015.

  • We operate 2,774 grocery retail stores in 35 states under nearly two dozen banners. Our formats include supermarkets, price-impact warehouse stores, and multi-department stores, which are similar to supercenters, but offer an expanded variety of national brand appeal and general merchandise. State by state facts can be seen here.
  • Kroger also operates 786 convenience stores under six banners in 19 states. Our C-stores provide valuable synergies for the rapid expansion of our supermarket fuel centers.
  • 326 fine jewelry stores under names like Fred Meyer Jewelers and Littman Jewelers. This is a high-margin business with good cash flow.
  • Kroger is the only major U.S. supermarket company to operate an economical three-tier distribution system.
  • Kroger also operates 37 food processing or manufacturing facilities producing high quality private-label products that provide value for customers and enhanced margins for Kroger.
  • Kroger operates 1,360 supermarket fuel centers, which are a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy.
  • Kroger's 2,122 pharmacies, located in our combination food and drug stores, provide high quality services at everyday low prices.
FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
Store Count - Beginning of Quarter 2,414  2,640 2,642 2,638 2,631 2.625 2,626 2,623
New Stores 3  13 4 8 8 10 3 8
Stores Acquired - New 227  0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Stores Acquired - Relocations 0  0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Relocations 1  6 2 1 4 3 1 2
Sub-Total
231  19 6 9 12 13 10 10
Expansions 6  6 2 3 10 4 5 5
Sub-Total 237  25 8 12 22 17 15 15
Operational Closures (4)  (11) (8) (15) (14) (9) (12) (11)
Store Count - End of Quarter 2,640 2,642  2,638 2,631 2,625 2,626 2,623 2,620
Food Store Square Footage - End of Quarter (millions) 160.6  161.6 161.7 161.7 161.7 162.4 162.4 162.8
Remodels 45  16 43 39 40 20 34 51
FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
Supermarket Formats 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
Combo Stores 2,282  2,281 2,271 2,264 2,269 2,263 2,256 2,251
Marketplace Stores 85  86 92 96 98 105 109 111
Multi-Department Stores 127  127 127 127 127 127 127 127
Price-Impact Warehouse Stores
146  148 148 144 131 131 131 131
Total Supermarkets 2,640  2,642 2,638 2,631 2,625 2,626 2,623 2,620
FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
Convenience Stores 786  787 785 783 782 780 781 786
Manufacturing Plants 38 37 37 37 37 37 37 37
Jewelry Stores 320  324 324 325 326 327 327 326
Supermarket Fuel Centers 1,240  1,261 1,271 1,293 1,330 1,342 1,350 1,360
The Little Clinic (TLC) 114  116 130 139 151 161 171 182
Pharmacies 2,109 2,109 2,109 2,107 2,111 2,117 2,116 2,122