As the call for stricter gun control laws continues, corporations are taking matters into their own hands. After several businesses cut ties with the NRA, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced yesterday, February 28th, that it would stop selling assault rifles at its stores. Not long after, Walmart announced it would impose an age limit of 21 for those wishing to purchase firearms. And now, Kroger has joined the list of companies fighting for gun control. The grocery store brand announced today, March 1st, that it would prohibit customers younger than 21 from buying guns. But which stores does Kroger own, and which ones will be affected by the change in policy? Here’s the list:
The change to Kroger’s policy affects Fred Meyer stores, which are general stores located in four Western states. These 45 stores currently carry guns and ammunition, unlike the chain’s many grocery stores. According to the company’s updated gun policy, Fred Meyer stores stopped carrying assault rifles several years ago.
Kroger’s grocery stores are what the company is most known for. According to the company’s website, it owns nearly 2,800 grocery stores in 35 states. These stores comprise more than 24 chains, including Kroger, Ralphs, Dillons, Smith’s, King Soopers, City Market, Fry’s, QFC, and Harris Teeter. Some of these grocery stores also contain fueling stations, and others are combination food and drug stores, which contain pharmacies. The company also owns larger marketplace stores like Kroger Marketplace and low-cost grocers like Food 4 Less. While these store have never sold guns, if you want to show support for the company’s changes, you might consider buying your groceries at one of them.
Kroger also owns several convenience store chains, among them Loaf ‘N Jug, Turkey Hill, Tom Thumb, and Quik Stop. But the company recently announced that it is selling these convenience stores to an English company. The sale will be finalized by the end of May.
The corporation is also the third largest jeweler in the United States. It owns more than 300 jewelry stores, most of which go by the name Fred Meyer Jewelers or Littman Jewelers.
We’re glad to see such a large corporation taking a stand against gun violence, and we applaud Kroger on its new policy.