This company operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. It is one of the nation's largest grocery retailers. It was founded by Bernard Henry Kroger in 1883. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has its headquarters located in Cincinnati, Ohio.The company spans many states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, convenience stores and mall jewelry stores. It operates its grocery retail stores in three formats: supermarkets, multi-department stores, and price-impact warehouse stores. Each format carries the following banners: supermarkets include Kroger, Ralphs, Dillons, Smith's, King Soopers, Fry's, QFC, City Market, Hilander, Owen's, Jay C, Pay Less, Baker's, and Gerbes; multi-department stores include Fred Meyer, Fry's Marketplace, Smith's Marketplace, and Kroger Marketplace; and price-impact warehouse stores include Food 4 Less and Foods Co.The company's supermarkets include combination food and drug stores (combo stores), which offers specialty department stores, including natural food and organic sections, pharmacies, general merchandise, pet centers, and perishables, such as seafood and organic produce. The company also produces and processes some of the food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates approximately 42 (either directly or through operating agreements) facilities that manufacture more than 50 percent of the corporate brand items sold by Kroger.The multi-department stores include a broad selection, including full-line supermarket, apparel, home fashion, shoes, accessories, garden, home electronics, paint and hardware, and nutrition centers. Its multi-department stores offer full-service grocery, pharmacy and expanded general merchandise including outdoor living products, electronics, home goods and toys. The Fred Meyer's competitive advantage is its emphasis on national brand products, such as Levi's, Jockey, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Kitchen Aid, Adidas, Skechers, Dockers, Carhartt, Apple, Panasonic, JVC, Magnavox, Nikon, Canon, Black & Decker, Krups, and Sony.The price-impact warehouse stores offer distinctive ethnic products, catering to the demographics of the neighborhoods that they serve. These stores include a wide selection of national brand groceries, health and beauty care items, meat, dairy products, baked goods and fresh produce.It operates approximately 779 convenience stores in approximately 16 states, under five banners: Kwik Shop, Inc., Loaf N' Jug, Quik Stop Markets, Inc., Tom Thumb Food Stores, and Turkey Hill Minit Markets. Its convenience stores offer an assortment of staple food items and general merchandise, as well as gasoline.Furthermore, the company operates approximately 408 fine jewelry stores in approximately 34 states under the following banners: Barclay Jewelers, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Fox Jewelers, and Littman Jewelers. The company ranks as the fourth largest jewelry retailer in the United States.
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