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 September 9, 2016.

  • We operate 2,781 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 785 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 1,423 supermarket fuel centers, which are a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy.
  • Kroger's 2,240 pharmacies, located in our combination food and drug stores, provide high quality services at everyday low prices.
FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr
Store Count - Beginning of Quarter 2,638 2,631 2.625 2,626 2,623 2,620 2,778 2,778
New Stores 8 8 10 3 8 10 8 12
Stores Acquired - New 0 0 0 6 0 153 0 0
Stores Acquired - Relocations 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Relocations 1 4 3 1 2 6 4 4
Sub-Total
9 12 13 10 10 169 13 16
Expansions 3 10 4 5 5 14 4 2
Sub-Total 12 22 17 15 15 183 17 18
Operational Closures (15) (14) (9) (12) (11) (5) (8) (9)
Store Count - End of Quarter 2,631 2,625 2,626 2,623 2,620 2,778 2,778 2,781
Food Store Square Footage - End of Quarter (millions) 161.7 161.7 162.4 162.4 162.8 173.5 173.9 174.9
Remodels 39 40 20 34 51 43 15 41
FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Supermarket Formats 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr
Combo Stores 2,264 2,269 2,263 2,256 2,251 2,403 2,392 2,386
Marketplace Stores 96 98 105 109 111 117 128 137
Multi-Department Stores 127 127 127 127 127 127 127 127
Price-Impact Warehouse Stores
144 131 131 131 131 131 131 131
Total Supermarkets 2,631 2,625 2,626 2,623 2,620 2,778 2,778 2,781
FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr
Convenience Stores 783 782 780 781 786 784 785 785
Manufacturing Plants 37 37 37 37 37 38 38 38
Jewelry Stores 325 326 327 327 326 323 323 323
Supermarket Fuel Centers 1,293 1,330 1,342 1,350 1,360 1,387 1,400 1,423
The Little Clinic (TLC) 139 151 161 171 182 190 194 193
Pharmacies 2,107 2,111 2,117 2,116 2,122 2,231 2,230 2,240