If you’re used to buying all of your food at Kroger, then it only makes sense that you’re wondering if there’s a Kroger in the UK or London.
Hey, sidenote! If you’re traveling to the UK, whether for a short period of time or as an expat, why don’t you join my Facebook group where you can ask questions, get advice or just look at pretty pictures of this part of the world! Just click here to request to join and I’ll add you!
In Florida, our local store is Publix, so I was always wondering if there was a Publix in the UK, but Kroger is one of America’s biggest businesses so it’s very likely you have one near you. After all, where else do you go when you want some fresh fruits and veg and some Ore Ida Tater Tots?
So, here we go, the answer to the question is…
“Is there a Kroger in the UK or England or London?”
is no. There is no Kroger in the UK or London. This is devastating news for all of you Kroger lovers out there, I know. But fear not there are alternatives to Kroger in London and the UK – you don’t have to go your entire time here without going to a grocery store – but more on that later.
Before we get too deep into it, I wanted to let you know about some of my favorite resources for people who are visiting the UK or thinking about becoming an expat here.
It takes everything you think you know about the UK and either explains it or shows you what you’re really getting yourself into (major small talk and frequent tea breaks, woo!)
In addition, I’ve compiled some resources I’ve created to help you figure out your way around town and discover all of the various ways in which expat life is, well, funny and also slightly confusing.
If you’re a study abroad student or coming to the UK for a longer period of time, check out the article on culture shock to see the five stages, or read my story about how I attempted to learn to drive in the UK (spoiler alert: it involves lots of screaming).
If you’re only the UK for a limited period of time you want to get right to the heart of the matter – the London Underground. Read my article on preparing to take the London Underground and all of the dos and don’ts, or prep your wallet with the article on understanding UK money.
- Culture Shock: The Things We Don’t Talk About
- An American Girl’s Guide to Surviving the London Underground
- Understanding UK Money: Pence, Not Cents!
- Driving in England as an American: An Apology to UK Drivers
Okay, so now that you’re all clued up, let’s move on to Kroger.
History of Kroger
Established in 1883 by Bernard Kroger, Kroger is a well-known chain of supermarkets that started in Ohio.
Kroger is actually the largest supermarket chain by revenue in the United States, and the fifth largest retailer in the entire world.
Kroger’s beginnings were small – Barney Kroger started it with just $372 (of course, this was a lot back then – his entire life savings).
His motto had to do with quality and not feeding customers anything he wouldn’t want to eat himself. This motto served Kroger well throughout the years, and in the 1930s they were the first grocery store to actually test the food they were selling to their customers (which makes me gag thinking about what people had possibly consumed before).
In the 1950s and 1960s, Kroger was all about expanding the taking over other supermarket chains to expand their reach across America. They entered Texas, Wisconsin, Louisiana and more.
The 70s were a time of more growth for Kroger, becoming the first grocery store to formalize consumer reach and also test an electronic scanner.
They aquired more stores, and things were on the up. The remaining decades were filled with more merges, some recessions, and moving in and out of markets, but Kroger has ended up with over 3,000 locations across the US so they are still very much a dominant player in the grocery store market.
Unfortunately, though, this doesn’t extend to the UK as Kroger has never come to the UK.
Equivalent to Kroger in the UK
Just because you can’t get Kroger in the UK doesn’t mean you’re out of luck for a grocery store! There are plenty of alternatives to Kroger in the UK, depending on your budget and what you’re looking for.
This chain of grocery stores is one of my favorite, with its iconic orange branding and amazing chocolate chip cookies that are TO DIE FOR.
You can find Sainbury’s both in London and in other parts of the UK, and they have multiple versions including Sainbury’s Local which, as it sounds, are smaller stores without as large of a selection.
Their prices are average – not too expensive, but not necessarily the cheapest. I’ve always had a lot of luck with Sainbury’s, and would recommend it as an equivalent to Kroger.
Despite the amount of controversy that always seems to surround Tesco, they are a popular British grocery store and alternative to Kroger.
The prices are a bit cheaper here than Sainbury’s for the most part, but the shopping experience isn’t quite up to the same standards. They also have smaller stores, like Tesco Express, for when a full service Tesco won’t fit into the area.