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 March 6, 2014.

  • We operate 2,640 grocery retail stores in 34 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.
  • 320 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 38 food processing or manufacturing facilities producing high quality private-label products that provide value for customers and enhanced margins for Kroger.
  • Kroger operates 1,240 supermarket fuel centers, which are a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy.
  • Kroger's 2,109 pharmacies, located in our combination food and drug stores, provide high quality services at everyday low prices.
FY 2012 FY 2013
1st Qtr
2nd Qtr
3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
Store Count - Beginning of Quarter 2,435
2,425
2,425
2,422 2,424 2,419 2,418 2,414
New Stores 1 5 4 8 5 6 3 3
Stores Acquired - New 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 227
Stores Acquired - Relocations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Relocations 1 1 4 1 1 1 4 1
Sub-Total
2 6 8 9 6 7 7 231
Expansions 5 4 3 7 2 4 6 6
Sub-Total 7 10 11 16 8 11 13 237
Operational Closures (11) (5) (7) (6) (10) (7) (7) (4)
Store Count - End of Quarter 2,425 2,425 2,422 2,424 2,419 2,418 2,414 2,640
Food Store Square Footage - End of Quarter (millions) 148.4 148.9 149.1 149.2 149.2 149.5 150.0 160.6
Remodels 24 26 38 29 21 35 30 45
FY 2012 FY 2013
Supermarket Formats 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
Combo Stores 2,084 2,079 2,073 2,072 2,069 2,068 2,060 2,282
Marketplace Stores 70 73 76 78 77 77 81 85
Multi-Department Stores 126 128 128 128 127 127 127 127
Price-Impact Warehouse Stores
145 145 145 146 146 146 146 146
Total Supermarkets 2,425 2,425 2,422 2,424 2,419 2,418 2,414 2,640
FY 2012 FY 2013
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
Convenience Stores 789 788 790 791 784 783 786 786
Jewelry Stores 337 342 344 348 322 326 327 320
Supermarket Fuel Centers 1,109 1,124 1,141 1,169 1,182 1,195 1,218 1,240
The Little Clinic (TLC) 93 101 109 114
Pharmacies 1,948 1,948 1,948 1,949 1,947 1,950 1,948 2,109