The Kroger Company, or simply Kroger, is an American retail company founded by Bernard Kroger in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the United States' largest supermarket by revenue, and the second-largest general retailer. Kroger is also the fifth-largest retailer in the world and the fourth largest American-owned private employer in the United States. Kroger is ranked #23 on the Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.
As of November 30, 2020, Kroger operates, either directly or through its subsidiaries, 2,750 supermarkets and multi-department stores. Kroger's headquarters are in downtown Cincinnati. It maintains markets in 35 states and the District of Columbia, with store formats that include hypermarkets, supermarkets, superstores, department stores, and 170 jewelry stores. Kroger-branded grocery stores are located in the Midwestern and Southern United States. Kroger operates 35 food processing or manufacturing facilities, 1,585 supermarket fuel centers, 2,256 pharmacies, and 225 The Little Clinic in-store medical clinics.
Kroger's employees are mostly represented by collective bargaining agreements, and many are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers.