1883: Barney Kroger opens his first store, The Great Western Tea Co., in downtown Cincinnati.
1884: Kroger buys out his partner and opens his second store; company begins running regular newspaper ads.
1901: The company is the first grocery chain to operate its own bakery.
1902: Company incorporates as The Kroger Grocery & Baking Co., with 40 stores and $1.75 million in annual sales.
1904: Kroger offers meat and groceries