The Kroger Company is an American retailer founded by Bernard Kroger in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It reported $96.8 billion in sales for fiscal year 2012. It is the country's largest grocery store chain, its second-largest general retailer by revenue, and fourth-largest retailer in the world (surpassing Germany-based Metro AG in 2012), according to Deloitte. As of 2010, Kroger operated, either directly or through its subsidiaries, 3,574 stores.
It maintains markets in 31 states.
On July 9th, 2013, Kroger announced its acquisition of the 212 stores of North Carolina-based Harris Teeter in a deal valued at $2.5 billion and assume $100 million in the company's outstanding debt. Harris-Teeter's stores are in eight Southern states, with a major portion of them in its headquarters state of North Carolina. Doing so, Kroger acquired Harris Teeter’s click and collect program which allows online ordering of groceries. Some industry experts see this as a competitive move against online grocers such as AmazonFresh.