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2012 Largest U.S. Retail Supermarket and Grocery Store Chains - Biggest and Best

U.S. Food Retailing Sector Research, Statistics, Facts - Grocery Shopping Info

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Updated May 16, 2014
>> UPDATE: 2013 Largest U.S. Supermarkets and Grocery Store Chains <<

Comparing the 2012 Largest U.S. Supermarkets and Grocery Store Chain list with the 2011 list excerpted from the annual Global Powers of Retailing report published by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, the changes are few, but not insignificant. Some of the most notable changes with the largest U.S. supermarkets and grocery store chains include:
  • Kroger moved up one position to become the fifth largest retail chain in the world. While this may not seem like much of a significant improvement, it is no small feat to overtake Germany’s largest discount store chain and widen the lead with the Costco Wholesale chain, which also sells a significant amount of groceries and food products.

  • Whole Foods moved up nine ranking positions on the world’s largest retail list, overtaking both The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and Giant Eagle chains.

  • The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company plummeted 19 positions on the 2012 world’s largest list, as the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, its stock price fell 92%, and it was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Winn-Dixie also fell 16 positions, as shoppers migrated away from Winn-Dixie’s old stores and high prices to better grocery shopping options.

  • WinCo rocketed up 17 positions on the world’s largest retail list, after expanding into the Utah market.

  • Other big supermarket chains that lost big competitive ground were Albertson’s, Stater Bros., and Roundy’s, which fell 24, 23, and 17 positions on the world’s largest ranking list, respectively. Each of these chains struggled with remaining relevant and competitive to a loyal niche audience with a lot of grocery shopping options.
What follows is the complete list of U.S. supermarket retail chains ranked on the 2012 Global Powers of Retailing list. According to their reported revenue figures for 2010, these supermarket chains were ranked as the "biggest" because they had the highest annual sales figures. In this complete list of the largest U.S. supermarket chains, the number in the left column is the global ranking number assigned to the company, when its revenue is compared to other top retail organizations worldwide.

2012 Largest U.S. Retail Supermarket and Grocery Store Chains - Biggest and Best Food Retailers:


5      Kroger 24    Safeway, Inc. 31    SuperValu, Inc. 35    Publix Super Markets, Inc. 51     H.E. Butt Grocery Company 55    Meijer 104  Whole Foods Market, Inc. More Largest U.S. Supermarket and Grocery Store Chains >>

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