U.S. Based 2016 World's Largest Supermarket and Retail Grocery Chains

Kroger, Safeway, Publix, All Top 100 Supermarkets & Groceries by Revenue

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Twenty of the largest U.S. based supermarket and grocery store chains have revenues high enough to be ranked alongside the 250 largest retailers in the world. That’s according to the 2016 Global Powers of Retailing report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, which is published annually as a global benchmark comparison of the annual revenues of the largest retail chains of all types in the world.

In 2016 Kroger, Safeway, Whole Foods and Publix are some of the most well known supermarket and grocery store chains that are ranked among the Top 100 retail chains in the world, in terms of annual revenue.  But the fact that there are only seven U.S. grocery retailers found among the 100 largest global retailers doesn't really reflect the significance of grocery retailing in the U.S. retail industry.

While the U.S. supermarket chain Kroger continues to hold the title of the world's largest supermarket chain in terms of annual revenue, the largest U.S. based retail supermarket and grocery store chains are not as dominant in an overall global retailing comparison as might be expected. 

One of the reasons why the largest U.S. based retail supermarket and grocery store chains are not as dominant as might be expected is because of the number of hypermarkets like WalmartCostcoTarget, and Sam's Club in the U.S. that are expanding their retail food category.

 While the largest U.S. grocery retailers like Kroger, Safeway and Publix are putting smaller and independent grocery retailers out of business, they're not stopping just about every kind of retail chain from grabbing their piece of  the retail food category. 

While U.S. hypermarket chains - and other global hypermarket chains - may actually sell more groceries than some of the largest supermarket chains on this list, hypermarkets are not included here because their sale of other goods make their revenue figures incomparable to retail chains that primarily sell groceries.

 

Growing grocery retailing competition from hypermarket chains like Target and Walmart, and warehouse chains like Costco and Sam's hasn't stifled the growth of the the total number of grocery retailers is still growing in the U.S. year over year.  Currently there are more than 37,000 supermarkets employing more than 3.4 million employees in the U.S. according to the FMI. 

So while supermarkets account for a significant part of the U.S. retail industry trade, they are often overlooked because most of the largest national chains are privately owned, and not as easily accessible in the mainstream media as other publicly traded retail industry companies.  The attempts by mega chains like Walmart to capture a piece of the grocery retailing niche are successfully publicized, but not quite as successfully executed.  

In fact, consumers give Walmart grocery retailing "below average" ratings compared to other grocery store chains that they rate as having the best customer experiences in U.S. retailing.   Publix, Aldi, H-E-BTrader Joe's (also an Aldi-owned chain) and Hannaford's are given high praise and recognition by grocery consumers.  And really, what other opinions matter more than those?

What follows is the complete list of the 2016 Largest U.S. Retail Supermarket and Grocery Store Chains. Although there are other types of retailers that are aggressively retailing groceries, this list is focused on retailers specifically focused predominantly on grocery retailing.

The number in the left column represents the revenue ranking of the retail chain, compared to the revenue rankings of the 250 largest retail chains of all types included on the 2016 Global Powers of Retailing list.  Click the links for more information about individual supermarket chains and for more World’s Largest Retail ranking information.

>> See also the complete global list of All 2016 World’s Largest Supermarket Chains >>

See also:  All 2015 U.S. Largest Retail Chains >>

2016 World’s Largest U.S. Based Grocery and Supermarket Chains

3      The Kroger Company
Home Office Headquarters in Ohio

30    Safeway, Inc.
Home Office Headquarters in California

32    Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Home Office Headquarters in Florida

37    AB Acquisition LLC (Albertson's)
Home Office Headquarters in Idaho

46    H.E. Butt Grocery Company (H-E-B)
Home Office Headquarters in Texas

64    Meijer
Home Office Headquarters in Michigan

70    Whole Food Markets
Home Office Headquarters in Texas

88   Southeastern Grocers, LLC (BI-LO Holding)  
Home Office Headquarters in Florida

106   Giant Eagle, Inc.
Home Office Headquarters in Pennsylvania

118   SuperValu, Inc.
Home Office Headquarters in Minnesota

130  Hy-Vee, Inc.
Home Office Headquarters in Iowa

139  Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Home Office Headquarters in New York

160  Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
Home Office Headquarters in Virginia

161  The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company
Home Office Headquarters in New Jersey

165  WinCo Foods LLC
Home Office Headquarters in Idaho

191  Harris Teeter (Ruddick Corp.)
Home Office Headquarters in North Carolina

203  Save Mart Supermarkets
Home Office Headquarters in California

210 Demoulas Super Markets (Market Basket)
Home Office Headquarters in Massachusetts

230  Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc.
Home Office Headquarters in Wisconsin

236  Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc.
Home Office Headquarters in California