The Largest Grocery Stores and Supermarkets in North America by Sales

You may not think much about who owns the supermarket you frequent most, but several grocery conglomerates own the majority of chains throughout the United States and Canada. From giants like Walmart to local chains like Grocery Outlet, there are some companies that are ruling the grocery store market. What are the largest grocery stores in the U.S. and Canada?

Using sales data from Supermarket News and IDG, this graphic from How to Cook Recipes visualizes the top grocery stores by sales. See how your favorite grocery store ranks!

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What Is the Biggest Grocery Store in North America?

Walmart tops the list with $433.90 billion in sales during the 2021 fiscal year. The Walmart subsidiaries that are included in this calculation are Walmart and Sam’s Club, the retailer’s chain of warehouse clubs. Between the two chains, there are 5,342 locations. In the United States, Walmart had $208.41 billion in grocery sales and $38.52 billion for health and wellness. It is considered to be the most popular U.S. grocery store due to the number of stores and their low prices.

After Walmart is Amazon. Amazon’s grocery outlets include Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh, and Amazon Go. While Amazon only owns 539 stores (considerably fewer than Walmart), Amazon makes a great deal of money from their online grocery operations. Their online store sales amounted to $197.35 billion in the 2020 fiscal year.

Third on the list is Kroger, with $132.5 billion in sales. This grocery conglomerate owns many different chains, including Ralphs, Dillons, Smith’s, Roundy’s, King Soopers, Fry’s, QFC, City Market, Owen’s, Jay C, Pay Less, Baker’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Pick N’ Save, Copps, Metro Market, Mariano’s, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, and Foods Co. Founded in Cincinnati, OH, in 1883, Kroger and its subsidiaries operate 2,742 different locations. It’s considered to be one of the best grocery store chains in North America.

After Kroger is Costco at $122.14 billion in sales. This membership-only warehouse club was founded in 1976 as Price Club and is one of the largest grocery chains in the U.S. and Canada. Costco now has locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, France, Iceland, and China. Its headquarters are in Issaquah, WA.

Fifth on the list is Walgreens Boots Alliance. Their grocery and pharmacy component consists of Walgreens and Duane Reade. They had $107.7 billion in sales in the 2020 fiscal year.

The sales data for the supermarkets and grocery stores on the list was provided by Supermarket News and UK-based analysis company IDG. For more information on how they put together their figures and notes on individual company’s data, please view their methodology and explanations.

 

The Biggest Grocery Stores and Supermarkets Based on Sales Data

The following are the most profitable Canadian and American grocery stores based on available sales data and estimates. This data includes grocery, convenience, drug, and dollar stores.

Rank Company Stores Included Locations Sales (in U.S. Billions)
1 Walmart Walmart, Sam’s Club 5,342 $433.9
2 Amazon Whole Foods Market, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Go 539 $236.28
3 Kroger Kroger, Ralphs, Dillons, Smith’s, Roundy’s, King Soopers, Fry’s, QFC, City Market, Owen’s, Jay C, Pay Less, Baker’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Pick N’ Save, Copps, Metro Market, Mariano’s, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Foods Co. 2,742 $132.5
4 Costco Costco 559 $122.14
5 Walgreens Boots Alliance Walgreens, Duane Reade 9,021 $107.7
6 Target Target 1,897 $92.4
7 CVS CVS 9,960 $91.2
8 Albertsons Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Carrs and Haggen 2,277 $69.69
9 Ahold Delhaize USA Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant/Martin’s, Hannaford, Giant Food, Peapod 1,970 $51.84
10 Publix Super Markets Publix Super Markets, GreenWise Market 1,269 $44.86
11 Couche-Tard Circle K, Corner Store, Couche-Tard, Mac’s, Kangaroo Express, CST, On the Run, Holiday Stationstores 9,414 $43.36
12 Dollar General Dollar General 17,266 $33.75
13 C & S Wholesale Grocers C & S Wholesale Grocers N/A $33.64
14 Loblaw Loblaws 2,439 $37.6
15 H-E-B H-E-B 351 $31.75
16 Seven & i Holdings 7-Eleven, Stripes, Aplus, Speedway 13,839 $27.29
17 Sobeys Sobeys, Farm Boy, Foodland, FreshCo, Price Chopper, Lawtons Drugs 1,933 $26.59
18 United Natural Foods Cub Foods, Shoppers 71 $26.51
19 Dollar Tree Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada 15,685 $25.51
20 Meijer Meijer, Bridge Street Market, Woodward Corner Market 253 $20.95
21 Aldi Aldi 2,070 $18.44
22 Wakefern Food Corporation Price Rite Marketplace, ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Gourmet Garage, Dearborn Market 363 $18.37
23 Trader Joe’s Trader Joe’s 530 $16.5
24 Rite Aid Rite Aid 2,510 $16.36
25 BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. BJ’s Wholesale Club 221 $15.1
26 Metro Metro (Plus), Super C, Food Basics, Adonis, Première Moisson, Les 5 Saisons, Marché Richelieu, Brunet pharmacies, Metro Pharmacy, Drug Basics, PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Santé, PJC Santé Beauté 1,601 $14.26
27 Hy-Vee Hy-Vee 265 $12.15
28 Wegmans Wegmans 105 $10.68
29 Associated Wholesale Grocers Homeland, United Supermarkets, Cash Saver, Price Chopper 6 $10.63
30 Giant Eagle Giant Eagle (+Express), Market District (+Express), GetGo, Ricker’s, Giant Eagle Pharmacy 474 $10.35
31 Southeastern Grocers BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie, Fresco Y Mas 523 $9.64
32 SpartanNash Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, Sun Mart 154 $9.35
33 WinCo Foods WinCo Foods, Waremart by WinCo 129 $8.93
34 Sprouts Farmers Market Sprouts Farmers Market 362 $6.47
35 Demoulas Super Markets Inc. Market Basket 85 $5.78
36 Save-A-Lot Save-A-Lot, Food Giant, Pic N Save, Mad Butcher, Piggly Wiggly, Market Place, Sureway, Big Star, Greenwood Market Place, Cash Saver, Hank’s Markets, IGA, Price Less Foods, Jr. Food, Sheldon’s Express Pharmacy 1,280 $5.62
37 Save-On LP Save-On-Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods, Bulkley Valley Wholesale 177 $5.48
38 Stater Bros Stater Bros. Markets 171 $5.32
39 Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California, FoodMaxx, MaxxValue 204 $5.14
40 Price Chopper/Market 32 Price Chopper, Market 32, Market Bistro 132 $4.65
41 Ingles Markets Ingles, Sav-Mor 197 $4.61
42 Smart & Final Smart & Final, Smart & Final Extra!, Smart Foodservice 255 $4.29
43 Weis Markets Weis Markets 198 $4.11
44 Raley’s Raley’s, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods, Food Source/Sak n Save, Market 5-One-5, O-N-E Market 126 $4.02
45 Key Food Stores Co-Operative Key Food, Food Universe, The Food Emporium, Food Dynasty, SuperFresh, Gala Foods 338 $3.54
46 Alex Lee Incorporated Lowes Foods, Just$ave, Merchant Distributors Inc. 100 $3.31
47 Schnuck Markets Inc. Schnucks, Shop ’n Save, EatWell 111 $3.27
48 Grocery Outlet Grocery Outlet 389 $3.13
49 Bodega Latina Corp./Chedraui El Super, Fiesta Mart 125 $2.92
50 K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. Food City, Super Dollar Food Center 130 $2.92

The next time you head to your local grocery store to purchase ingredients for new breakfast recipes or crockpot recipes, think about how much these grocery stores and supermarkets make every year!

 

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