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 4, 2014.

  • We operate 2,631 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 783 convenience stores under six banners in 19 states. Our C-stores provide valuable synergies for the rapid expansion of our supermarket fuel centers.
  • 325 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 1,293 supermarket fuel centers, which are a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy.
  • Kroger's 2,107 pharmacies, located in our combination food and drug stores, provide high quality services at everyday low prices.
FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014
4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
Store Count - Beginning of Quarter 2,422 2,424 2,419 2,418 2,414  2,640 2,642 2,638
New Stores 8 5 6 3 3  13 4 8
Stores Acquired - New 0 0 0 0 227  0 0 0
Stores Acquired - Relocations 0 0 0 0 0  0 0 0
Relocations 1 1 1 4 1  6 2 1
Sub-Total
9 6 7 7 231  18 6 9
Expansions 7 2 4 6 6  6 2 3
Sub-Total 16 8 11 13 237  25 8 12
Operational Closures (6) (10) (7) (7) (4)  (11) (8) (15)
Store Count - End of Quarter 2,424 2,419 2,418 2,414 2,640 2,642  2,638 2,631
Food Store Square Footage - End of Quarter (millions) 149.2 149.2 149.5 150.0 160.6  161.6 161.7 161.7
Remodels 29 21 35 30 45  16 43 39
FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014
Supermarket Formats 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
Combo Stores 2,072 2,069 2,068 2,060 2,282  2,281 2,271 2,264
Marketplace Stores 78 77 77 81 85  86 92 96
Multi-Department Stores 128 127 127 127 127  127 127 127
Price-Impact Warehouse Stores
146 146 146 146 146  148 148 144
Total Supermarkets 2,424 2,419 2,418 2,414 2,640  2,642 2,638 2,631
FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014
4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr
Convenience Stores 791 784 783 786 786  787 785 783
Manufacturing Plants 38 37 37 37
Jewelry Stores 348 322 326 327 320  324 324 325
Supermarket Fuel Centers 1,169 1,182 1,195 1,218 1,240  1,261 1,271 1,293
The Little Clinic (TLC) 93 101 109 114  116 130 139
Pharmacies 1,949 1,947 1,950 1,948 2,109  2,109
2,109 2,107