Leading supermarkets in the U.S. 2018, based on retail sales

Kroger was the leading supermarket in the United States in 2018, by a wide margin. It had nearly double the retail sales of the next chain, Albertsons. Founded in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio (where it is still headquartered), by Bernard Kroger, The Kroger Co. has become the largest supermarket chain in the United States and the second largest overall retailer, only behind the retailing giant, Walmart.

Far-reaching impact

It’s hard to pin down one aspect that explains Kroger’s revenue lead over its competitors, but surely reach is one such aspect. In 2018, nearly 30 percent of U.S. consumers shopped at Kroger on a regular basis and the company had by far the most locations of any supermarket in the country.

Varied businesses

Another aspect that may contribute to Kroger’s success is the fact that it is more than just a grocery store. In 2017, the company had revenues of nearly 11 billion dollars from filling prescriptions in its pharmacies. Some of Kroger’s locations also include fuel stations. Revenue from its fuel segment exceeded 13 billion dollars in the same year.

Leading supermarkets in the United States in 2018, based on retail sales

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Release date

July 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Leading supermarkets based on 2018 retail sales.
Includes online sales related to respective retailer.
* Excluding Fred Meyer.
** Including Trader Joe's.

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