Kroger was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1883 by Bernard Kroger who invested his life savings to open a grocery store in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Cincinnati.
In the 1930s, Kroger was the first grocery to monitor product quality and first to have a store surrounded on all sides by a parking lot.
In 1955, Kroger acquired Henke & Pillot.
In the 1970s, Kroger was the first chain to introduce electronic checkout scanners.
In 1983, Kroger acquired the Dillon Companies, a Kansas grocery chain. David Dillion is the current CEO of Kroger.
Many other acquisitions followed in recent years including Pay Less Food Markets, Hilander Foods and Scott’s Food & Pharmacy.
In 1997, the company merged with Fred Meyer.
Today, the company operates over 3500 stores. The Kroger corporate office is still located in Cincinnati, Ohio.