Sam's West, Inc. (dba Sam's Club) is an American chain of membership-only retail warehouse clubs founded in 1983 and named after Walmart’s founder Sam Walton. As of 2012, Sam's Club chain serves 47 million U.S. (including Puerto Rico) members and is the 8th largest U.S. retailer. As of January 31, 2017, Sam's Club operates 660 membership warehouse clubs in 47 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.
Rite Aid Corporation is an American drugstore chain in the United States and a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Camp Hill, PA. Rite Aid is the largest drugstore chain on the east coast and the third largest in the U.S. Rite Aid began in 1962 as a single store opened in Scranton, PA called Thrift D Discount Center. After several years of growth, Rite Aid adopted its current name and debuted as a public company in 1968.
Fred Meyer, Inc., is a chain of 132 superstores founded in 1922 in Portland, OR, by Fred G. Meyer. The company was one of the pioneers of “one-stop shopping”, eventually combining a complete grocery supermarket with a drugstore, clothing store, shoe store, fine jewelers, home decor store, home improvement center, garden center, photo electronics store, toy store, sporting goods store, and more under one roof. Fred Meyer stores are located in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. Although the company is now an entity of Kroger, the stores are still branded Fred Meyer, and the western region of The Kroger Company is headquartered in Portland.
The Kroger Company is an American retail company founded by Bernard Kroger in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the largest supermarket chain by revenue in the U.S. Kroger is also the third-largest retailer in the world. As of December 2015, Kroger operates, either directly or through its subsidiaries, 2,778 supermarkets and multi-department stores. It maintains markets in 34 states, with store formats that include supermarkets, superstores, department stores, convenience stores, and jewelry stores. Kroger-branded grocery stores are located in the Midwestern and Southern United States. Kroger operates 37 food processing or manufacturing facilities, 1,360 supermarket fuel centers and 2,122 pharmacies.
Costco Wholesale Corporation is the largest American membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide selection of moderately priced, high quality merchandise amongst regularly stocked bulk goods. As of 2015, Costco was the second largest retailer in the world. Headquartered in Issaquah, WA, Costco had a total of 727 warehouses, spread throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia and Spain.
Duane Reade Inc. is a chain of 250 pharmacy and convenience stores, primarily located in New York City, known for its high volume small store layouts in densely populated Manhattan locations. Founded in 1960, the chain was started with three stores by Abraham, Eli, and Jack Cohen, with a warehouse located between Duane and Reade streets on Broadway in Lower Manhattan. Duane Reade takes its name from the Company's first successful full-service drugstore, which opened in 1960 on Broadway between Duane and Reade Streets in Manhattan. In 2010, Duane Reade became a subsidiary of Walgreen Co.
The Walgreen Company is an American company which operates as the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States. It specializes in filling prescriptions, health and wellness products, health information, and photo services. As of August 31, 2016, the company operated 8,175 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1901, but currently has its headquarters in Deerfield, IL. In 2014, Walgreens merged with Alliance Boots to form Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.
Smith's Food & Drug Centers, Inc. was founded in 1911 in Brigham City, Utah by Lorenzo J. Smith. Now a subsidiary of The Kroger Company, it is a prominent regional supermarket chain operating in the Southwest, Northwest and Tennessee. After completing a merger with Portland-based Fred Meyer in 1997, Fred Meyer was in turn acquired by Cincinnati-based Kroger in 1999, making Kroger the largest supermarket chain in the United States. Smith's headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah.