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 June 15, 2017.

  • We operate 2,792 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 782 convenience stores under six banners in 19 states. Our C-stores provide valuable synergies for the rapid expansion of our supermarket fuel centers.
  • 311 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 1,453 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 FY 2017
2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr* 1st Qtr
Store Count - Beginning of Quarter 2,626 2,623 2,620 2,778 2,778 2,781 2,796 2,796
New Stores 3 8 10 8 12 20 10 5
Stores Acquired - New 6 0 153 0 0 0 0 0
Stores Acquired - Relocations 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Relocations 1 2 6 4 4 11 2 5
Sub-Total
10 10 169 13 16 31 12 10
Expansions 5 5 14 4 2 4 4 5
Sub-Total 15 15 183 17 18 35 16 15
Operational Closures (12) (11) (5) (8) (9) (5) (10) (9)
Store Count - End of Quarter 2,623 2,620 2,778 2,778 2,781 2,796 2,796 2,792
Food Store Square Footage - End of Quarter (millions) 162.4 162.8 173.5 173.9 174.9 176.9 177.8 178.2
Remodels 34 51 43 15 41 50 43 5
FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Supermarket Formats 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr* 1st Qtr
Combo Stores 2,256 2,251 2,403 2,392 2,386 2,384 2,381 2,375
Marketplace Stores 109 111 117 128 137 153 153 154
Multi-Department Stores 127 127 127 127 127 128 132 133
Price-Impact Warehouse Stores
131 131 131 131 131 131 130 130
Total Supermarkets 2,623 2,620 2,778 2,778 2,781 2,796 2,796 2,792
FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr* 1st Qtr
Convenience Stores 781 786 784 785 785 787 784 782
Manufacturing Plants 37 37 38 38 38 38 38 38
Jewelry Stores 327 326 323 323 323 324 319 311
Supermarket Fuel Centers 1,350 1,360 1,387 1,400 1,423 1,439 1,445 1,453
The Little Clinic (TLC) 171 182 190 194 193 209 215 220
Pharmacies 2,116 2,122 2,231 2,230 2,240 2,253 2,255 2,255
*Q4, 2016:  4  Smith's stores coded as Marketplace stores were changed to Multi-Department stores based on square footage.