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 3, 2016.

  • We operate 2,778 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 784 convenience stores under six banners in 19 states. Our C-stores provide valuable synergies for the rapid expansion of our supermarket fuel centers.
  • 323 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 production or manufacturing facilities producing high quality private-label products that provide value for customers and enhanced margins for Kroger.
  • Kroger operates 1,387 supermarket fuel centers, which are a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy.
  • Kroger's 2,231 pharmacies, located in our combination food and drug stores, provide high quality services at everyday low prices.
FY 2014 FY 2015
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
Store Count - Beginning of Quarter  2,640 2,642 2,638 2,631 2.625 2,626 2,623 2,620
New Stores  13 4 8 8 10 3 8 10
Stores Acquired - New  0 0 0 0 0 6 0 153
Stores Acquired - Relocations  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Relocations  6 2 1 4 3 1 2 6
Sub-Total
19 6 9 12 13 10 10 169
Expansions 6 2 3 10 4 5 5 14
Sub-Total 25 8 12 22 17 15 15 183
Operational Closures (11) (8) (15) (14) (9) (12) (11) (5)
Store Count - End of Quarter 2,642 2,638 2,631 2,625 2,626 2,623 2,620 2,778
Food Store Square Footage - End of Quarter (millions) 161.6 161.7 161.7 161.7 162.4 162.4 162.8 173.5
Remodels 16 43 39 40 20 34 51 43
FY 2014 FY 2015
Supermarket Formats 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
Combo Stores 2,281 2,271 2,264 2,269 2,263 2,256 2,251 2,403
Marketplace Stores  86 92 96 98 105 109 111 117
Multi-Department Stores 127 127 127 127 127 127 127 127
Price-Impact Warehouse Stores
148 148 144 131 131 131 131 131
Total Supermarkets 2,642 2,638 2,631 2,625 2,626 2,623 2,620 2,778
FY 2014 FY 2015
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr
Convenience Stores 787 785 783 782 780 781 786 784
Manufacturing Plants 37 37 37 37 37 37 37 38
Jewelry Stores 320  324 324 325 326 327 327 323
Supermarket Fuel Centers 1,261 1,271 1,293 1,330 1,342 1,350 1,360 1,387
The Little Clinic (TLC) 116 130 139 151 161 171 182 190
Pharmacies 2,109 2,109 2,107 2,111 2,117 2,116 2,122 2,231