One of the best things about living in the good, old US of A is the fact that we have plenty–and we mean plenty!–of great grocery stores to choose from, no matter what you’re budget or location. But variety aside, when WE shop, we tend to gravitate to the larger stores, as they tend to be more of a “one-stop shop.” Sure, we like our local grocer for the farm fresh fare and Aldi for the unique, international options, but more often than not, we find ourselves at Kroger.
Because we think everyone should take advantage of their local Kroger–or Kroger-owned!–store, we’ve compiled a handy list to help you get acquainted with the innovative brand. Here are 9 things you should know about shopping at Kroger…
You probably have a Kroger store near you, even if you don’t think you do!
Currently, the Kroger chain owns and operates a variety of different grocery stores. As a matter of fact, the company has acquired a whopping 24 separate grocery entities, including Dillons, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, Ralph’s and Food 4 Less. This gives the brand one of the most diverse portfolios in the whole country. Impressive!
Like many businesses, Kroger had humble beginnings
Before becoming a permanent fixture on the Cincinnati skyline, Kroger was just another grocery chain trying to make their way.
The company was founded by Barney Kroger all the way back in 1883. The future grocery mogul spent under 10 grand, in today’s cash, on his very first Midwest store. Since then, Kroger has evolved into a behemoth, but the company has still stayed true to its original CEO’s motto– “Be particular. Never sell anything you wouldn’t want yourself.” Makes sense to us!
Fuel is a major part of the Kroger brand
Hate waiting in that seemingly never-ending Costco gas line? If so, head on over to Kroger! Over 1,500 of its locations have fuel pumps on site, which means you get to take advantage of Fuel Points, a gas rewards system that allows you to save on your next grocery trip.
Select Kroger stores sell beer–on tap!
To better compete with specialty stores, like Whole Foods, some Kroger stores and its affiliates have started offering ice-cold beer on tap that can either be consumed at the store–or carried out in a growler. Who knew?!
All Kroger stores offer free digital coupons on Fridays
Gone are the days of clipping coupons– now you can just download digital coupons onto your phone and swipe them at the cash register. Kroger releases its newest ones every Friday. Just in time for the weekend!
Kroger allows you to shop from the comfort of your own home
Hate completing that weekly grocery store run? If so, check out the online shopping option available at all Kroger brand stores. It’s called ClickList and after just three orders, the service only costs $4.95 for in-store pickup. So much easier!
The store offers some pretty standup guarantees
Ever notice how some store-branded, AKA generic, products are just not up to snuff? Personally, we dig all of Kroger’s cheaper alternatives, but if YOU don’t, you can always bring the product back, no questions asked. Good to know!
For seriously major discounts, just look for the “Woohoo!”
Veteran Kroger shoppers already have their eyes trained to scan the aisles for those red and yellow “Woohoo!” tags–the equivalent to the Manager’s Special. For the best deals, hit the store around closing time.
Kroger knows how to treat seniors
Senior discounts sure do make the aging process a whole lot more lucrative! To take advantage of Kroger’s, simply check with your local store. Some are known to give up to 10% grocery discounts on a weekly basis!
Who knew the store was hiding so many interesting facts between its aisles?? We’d love to hear your thoughts on all things Kroger! Does yours run any good weekly deals? What’s your all-time favorite supermarket?