Leading U.S. food and grocery retailers 2019, based on sales

Generating over 270 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of sales in 2019, Walmart was by far the leading food and grocery retailer in the United States. The retail giant made more than double the amounts generated by The Kroger Co., which ranked second that year.

Food & grocery retailers

While Walmart is a large and established food and grocery retailer, new companies are emerging on the market. Some of the fastest-growing retailers between 2014 and 2019 included Amazon.com, Dollar Tree, and Albertsons Cos. Amazon.com’s food and grocery sales grew by almost 50 percent during that period.


Walmart is an American retail corporation that was founded by Sam Walton in 1962. That year, the very first Walmart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas, and the number of locations has been growing ever since. By 2018, there were almost 12 thousand stores across the globe, which were visited by customers an average of 270 million times a week.

Sales of the leading food and grocery retailers in the United States in 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

July 2019


United States

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Figures have been rounded.

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