Sector: Grocery Stores
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The Kroger Co. and its subsidiaries operate in the retail business through supermarkets in the United States. The company operates three formats of supermarkets: combination food and drug stores (combo stores), multi department stores, and price impact warehouse stores. The combo stores primarily operate as food stores and provide pharmacies, general merchandise, pet centers, and perishables, such as seafood and organic produce. Multi department stores offer general merchandise items, such as apparel, home fashion and furnishings, electronics, automotive, toys, and fine jewelry along with the product categories offered at combo stores. The combo and multi department stores also have fuel centers. Price impact warehouse stores feature beauty care, health, and grocery items, such as meat, dairy, baked goods, and fresh produce. The company manufactures and processes food items under its corporate brand names, for sale in its supermarkets. In addition, it operates fine jewelry stores and convenience stores, which offer an assortment of staple food items and general merchandise. As of January 29, 2005, Kroger Co operated 2,532 supermarkets, 536 of which had fuel centers. In addition to supermarkets, it also operated 795 convenience stores and 436 fine jewelry stores. Kroger Co. was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.