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Kroger is local? We don't think so.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015  
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During the debate on Sunday sales of alcohol, we often hear from company spokesperson John Elliott. He is the Central Division spokesman/flack for the company representing stores in Indiana, Illinois and Eastern Missouri, according to the company's website. And just in time for every debate about alcohol in the legislature, Kroger warms up by sending out news releases announcing major charitable contributions and company expansions. But what we're really wondering is - just how local is Kroger? Kroger Co. operates in 31 states under two dozen local banner names includingKroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 783 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,195 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Is that a big enough box for you? National Labor Relations Board rulings on Kroger conflicts with its union employees cite Kroger as a Texas corporation with a principal office in Houston. The company's website lists its executive offices in Cincinnati, Ohio. More from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "With more than 2,400 stores in 31 states, Kroger sold over $1 billion in wine in 2012, a double-digit increase in sales over 2011. Wine grew in all price segments, with the majority from premium wines between $8 and $12. Kroger sells wine in only 1,919 of its stores in 28 states. It's trying to increase that number by getting involved in initiatives like Red, White and Food in Tennessee, which seeks to legalize wine sales in the state's food stores." The Tennessee campaign dubbed Red, White and Food is similar to the longtime, but unsuccessful campaign, in Indiana managed by Kroger's lobbying firm Bose Public Affairs dubbed ChangeIt.org. One important item to remind your legislators every year as the alcohol debate drones on: You are a Hoosier business by law. Kroger is not.

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