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CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Kroger Co., based here, yesterday opened its 500th supermarket fuel center at the City Market store at 128 South Townsend St. in Montrose, Colo., the same town where the chain opened its first supermarket fuel center in 1998.
Kroger now operates supermarket fuel centers in 29 states. Ohio leads the way with 67 sites, followed by Texas (58 sites), Georgia (41 sites), and Kentucky (39 sites).
"Gasoline is a natural addition to Kroger's one-stop-shopping strategy because it offers our customers tremendous convenience and value. Fuel centers also allow Kroger to build on our decades of experience in the convenience store business," said Robert Moeder, Kroger v.p. of convenience stores and supermarket petroleum.
Kroger boasts that it currently has more fuel centers than any other traditional supermarket retailer in the United States. The chain operates 2,536 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 32 states, under two dozen banners.