The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is an American retail supermarket chain and parent company, founded by Bernard Henry Kroger in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It reported over US$70 billion in sales during fiscal year 2008 and is currently the second-largest grocery retailer in the country by volume  and third-place general retailer in the country, with Wal-Mart and The Home Depot filling slots one and two, respectively. As of the third quarter of 2008, Kroger operated, either directly or through its subsidiaries, 2,477 supermarkets, and had 750 fuel centers.
Kroger's Headquarters are centralized in Cincinnati, OH, but it spans many states with store formats that include supermarkets, hypermarkets, department stores, convenience stores and mall jewelry stores. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia are among those with Kroger stores carrying the Kroger name.