Economic Impact to Communities

The Kroger Co. is the largest traditional grocery retailer in the United States based on annual sales of more than $115.3 billion and is #18 on the Fortune 500 listing of the largest U.S. corporations. We employ nearly 443,000 associates. Kroger operates 2,796 grocery stores in 35 states, and the District of Columbia, as well as 784 convenience stores and 319 jewelry stores. The company is the fifth-largest pharmacy operator in the United States and operates 220 in-store, walk-in medical clinics in nine states through our wholly-owned subsidiary "The Little Clinic." We are the largest florist in the world.

In addition to being the third largest retailer in the world, Kroger is a large food manufacturer. The company's 38 manufacturing plants produce about 35% of Our Brands items sold sold in our stores.

We help customers save on fuel through our 1,445 retail fuel centers and 784 convenience stores. Where allowed by local laws, Kroger is able to offer discounts of up to $1.00 per gallon to loyal shoppers who purchase items in our stores.

The Kroger Co. has a positive impact on the communities in which we operate. In 2016, we created 12,000 new jobs and spent over $3.6 billion on capital projects. These included new stores, remodels, technology upgrades, and logistics innovations. Many of these projects add money into local economies, creating additional jobs and opportunities both at Kroger and at our partner companies.

Our shareholders are rewarded for our success, too. In 2016, we paid more than $2.2 billion to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks.

Customers trust us each and every day to help feed their families and we are grateful for that trust. We're proud to be part of your neighborhood and we will continue to use our resources to reinvest in our communities, associates, shareholders and customers.