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 2, 2017.

  • We operate 2,796 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.
  • 319 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 1,445 supermarket fuel centers, which are a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy.
  • Kroger's 2,255 pharmacies, located in our combination food and drug stores, provide high quality services at everyday low prices.
FY 2015 FY 2016
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr*
Store Count - Beginning of Quarter 2,625 2,626 2,623 2,620 2,778 2,778 2,781 2,796
New Stores 10 3 8 10 8 12 20 10
Stores Acquired - New 0 6 0 153 0 0 0 0
Stores Acquired - Relocations 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Relocations 3 1 2 6 4 4 11 2
Sub-Total
13 10 10 169 13 16 31 12
Expansions 4 5 5 14 4 2 4 4
Sub-Total 17 15 15 183 17 18 35 16
Operational Closures (9) (12) (11) (5) (8) (9) (5) (10)
Store Count - End of Quarter 2,626 2,623 2,620 2,778 2,778 2,781 2,796 2,796
Food Store Square Footage - End of Quarter (millions) 162.4 162.4 162.8 173.5 173.9 174.9 176.9 177.8
Remodels 20 34 51 43 15 41 50 43
FY 2015 FY 2016
Supermarket Formats 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr*
Combo Stores 2,263 2,256 2,251 2,403 2,392 2,386 2,384 2,381
Marketplace Stores 105 109 111 117 128 137 153 153
Multi-Department Stores 127 127 127 127 127 127 128 132
Price-Impact Warehouse Stores
131 131 131 131 131 131 131 130
Total Supermarkets 2,626 2,623 2,620 2,778 2,778 2,781 2,796 2,796
FY 2015 FY 2016
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr*
Convenience Stores 780 781 786 784 785 785 787 784
Manufacturing Plants 37 37 37 38 38 38 38 38
Jewelry Stores 327 327 326 323 323 323 324 319
Supermarket Fuel Centers 1,342 1,350 1,360 1,387 1,400 1,423 1,439 1,445
The Little Clinic (TLC) 161 171 182 190 194 193 209 215
Pharmacies 2,117 2,116 2,122 2,231 2,230 2,240 2,253 2,255
*Q4, 2016:  4  Smith's stores coded as Marketplace stores were changed to Multi-Department stores based on square footage.