Kroger is one of the largest retail food companies in the United States as measured by total annual sales, with fiscal 2004 sales of $56.4 billion. Its headquarters are in Cincinnati, Ohio, where the company was founded in 1883 by Barney Kroger. Kroger spans many states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, convenience stores and mall jewelry stores. It operates under nearly two dozen banners, all of which share the same belief in building strong local ties and brand loyalty with our customers. The company s mission is to be a leader in the distribution and merchandising of food, pharmacy, health and personal care items, seasonal merchandise and related products and services. The Louisville, Ky., store is one of many Kroger stores in the United States.