- Vendor Name: Kroger
- Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio
- Year Established: 1883
- Number of Locations: Over 3,500
- Area Served: The U.S.
Kroger began in 1883 when a man named Bernard Kroger opened up a grocery store in Cincinnati, Ohio. The grocery chain grew and in the 1930s, it became the first to monitor the quality of its products and test the food it offered to customers. In 1955, Kroger acquired Henke & Pillot, a chain of supermarkets and rebranded them as Kroger stores in 1966.
In 1983, Kroger acquired the grocery chain Dillon Companies along with its subsidiaries (King Soopers, Fry’s, Gerbes, and City Market) and its convenience store chain, Kwik Shop. Kroger continued to expand and in the late 1990s, acquired Owen’s Market, Pay Less Food Markets, Hilander Foods, and JayC Food Stores. It merged with Fred Meyer (the 5th largest grocery company at the time) in 1997 and in 2001, acquired Baker’s. It acquired Scott’s Food & Pharmacy in 2007 and in 2011, sold its Hilander Foods chain to Schnucks.
Kroger expanded its company in 2009 and created Kroger Marketplace, a chain of hypermarkets similar to Walmart, Meijer, or Kmart. Many of these locations offer fuel and a Kroger gas card that can also be used for groceries.