Small Wonder

With industry attention turned these days toward retailers that are casting their lines into the possibilities of the express-store format, it's easy to overlook the fact that Kroger has been swimming in the small-store waters for decades. The Cincinnati-based retailer best known for large, combination grocery stores and even larger Marketplace superstores quietly operates nearly 800 convenience stores

With industry attention turned these days toward retailers that are casting their lines into the possibilities of the express-store format, it's easy to overlook the fact that Kroger has been swimming in the small-store waters for decades.

The Cincinnati-based retailer — best known for large, combination grocery stores and even larger Marketplace superstores — quietly operates nearly 800 convenience stores across the country. And while c-stores account for only a small gulp of Kroger'

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