Fill-In Markets Seen as Opportunity for Kroger

“We frankly think our operating model is better than many of the operating models that we may be able to acquire.” — Michael Schlotman, chief financial officer, Kroger

CINCINNATI — Where will Kroger wind up next?

The company announced earlier this month that it would look to new markets and invest in “fill-in” markets for expansion as part of an increased capital spending budget designed to boost its growth rate. Although the company did not reveal specific plans for that growth, an examination of Kroger’s recent investments — in context with recent comments from it

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