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 ($121.16 billion for fiscal year 2019), and the second-largest general retailer (behind Walmart). Kroger is the seventh 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 May 22, 2021, Kroger operates, either directly or through its subsidiaries, 2,732 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 144 jewelry stores (782 convenience stores were sold to EG Group in 2018). Kroger-branded grocery stores are located in the Midwestern and Southern United States. Kroger operates 35 food processing or manufacturing facilities, 1,603 supermarket fuel centers, 2,254 pharmacies, and 224 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 (UFCW).
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