If you live in Ohio, you may find yourself using the phrase “grocery store” and “Kroger” interchangeably even if you aren’t heading to a “Kroger” supermarket. This is understandable, given that Kroger is the most common supermarket in Ohio and by revenue, the largest supermarket chain in the United States. Kroger Co. operates 2,640 stores in 34 different states (213 are in Ohio). They also operate under different brand names in different parts of the country such as “Ralphs” in California or “Harris Teeter” in the Southeastern United States.  It is also the fifth largest retailer in the world (behind Walmart, Tesco, Costco, and Carrefour). Not only can you find a Kroger in most cities within Ohio, but the company was founded in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Cincinnati. In 1883, Bernard Kroger opened his first store with $372 of his life savings (equivalent to $9,400 in 2014) with the motto to “never sell anything that you would never want for yourself”. Kroger was also an innovator in the supermarket industry. They were the first to have an in-house bakery and butcher, monitor the quality of food sold to customers, have a store surrounded by a parking lot on four sides, use an electronic scanner, and formalize customer research. Kroger is still headquartered in Cincinnati today and employs 340,000 individuals around the country.


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