The Top 100 Retailers


The following list of the top 100 retailers illustrates where Americans are spending their money, and who the major companies are that facilitate the product pipeline of our modern survival…


Walmart comprises 18% of all retail sales of the top 100 retailers.

The top 10 retailers account for 50% of all sales (of the top 100).

Total retail sales (in the USA) of the top 100 amount to $1.8 Trillion dollars.

Observations from a preparedness standpoint…

When most of one’s eggs are in one basket, and something happens to that basket…

It’s regrettable that the giants have pushed out so many of the little guys…

Walmart, being so dominant, is a bellweather of our economy.

The supermarkets that feed most Americans are Kroger, Safeway, and Publix.

Americans eat a-lot of fast/junk food (McDonald’s at #10).

If the numbers are upsetting… shop at Ma-and-Pa’s; support your local community.

The list tells us something about ourselves.


Rank Company Headquarters 2012 US Sales $B
1 Wal-Mart Bentonville, Ark. $328.7
2 Kroger Cincinnati $92.2
3 Target Minneapolis $72.0
4 Costco Issaquah, Wash. $71.0
5 The Home Depot Atlanta $66.0
6 Walgreen Deerfield, Ill. $65.0
7 CVS Caremark Woonsocket, R.I. $63.7
8 Lowe’s Mooresville, N.C. $49.4
9 Safeway Pleasanton, Calif. $37.5
10 McDonald’s Oak Brook, Ill. $35.6
11 Seattle, Wash. $34.4
12 Best Buy Richfield, Minn. $34.4
13 Sears Holdings Hoffman Estates, Ill. $30.7
14 Macy’s Cincinnati $27.6
15 Publix Lakeland, Fla. $27.5
16 SUPERVALU Eden Prairie, Minn. $27.5
17 Ahold USA / Royal Ahold Carlisle, Pa. $25.8
18 Rite Aid Camp Hill, Pa. $25.4
19 Apple Stores / iTunes Cupertino, Calif. $24.0
20 TJX Framingham, Mass. $19.4
21 Kohl’s Menomonee Falls, Wis. $19.3
22 Delhaize America Salisbury, N.C. $18.8
23 H-E-B San Antonio $18.2
24 YUM! Brands Louisville, Ky. $18.0
25 True Value Chicago $16.6
26 Dollar General Goodlettsville, Tenn. $16.0
27 Meijer Grand Rapids, Mich. $15.8
28 Wakefern / ShopRite Keasbey, N.J. $13.7
29 J.C. Penney Plano, Texas $12.9
30 BJ’s Wholesale Club Westborough, Mass. $12.5
31 Staples Framingham, Mass. $12.3
32 Subway Milford, Conn. $12.2
33 Gap San Francisco $12.0
34 Nordstrom Seattle $11.8
35 Whole Foods Market Austin, Texas $11.3
36 Bed Bath & Beyond Union, N.J. $10.9
37 7-Eleven Dallas $10.7
38 Aldi Batavia, Ill. $10.0
39 Ace Hardware Oak Brook, Ill. $10.0
40 Ross Stores Pleasanton, Calif. $9.7
41 L Brands (formerly Limited Brands) Columbus, Ohio $9.4
42 Family Dollar Stores Matthews, N.C. $9.3
43 Army Air Force Exchange Dallas $9.1
44 Wendy’s Dublin, Ohio $9.0
45 Bi-Lo (formerly Winn-Dixie Stores) Jacksonville, Fla. $9.0
46 Starbucks Seattle $8.8
47 Burger King Worldwide Miami $8.6
48 Menard Eau Claire, Wis. $8.4
49 Good Neighbor Pharmacy Chesterbrook, Pa. $8.4
50 Darden Restaurants Orlando $8.2
51 Verizon Wireless Basking Ridge, N.J. $8.0
52 Toys “R” Us Wayne, N.J. $8.0
53 Trader Joe’s Monrovia, Calif. $7.8
54 AT&T Wireless Dallas $7.6
55 Health Mart Systems Omaha, Neb. $7.4
56 Dollar Tree Chesapeake, Va. $7.3
57 Office Depot Boca Raton, Fla. $7.0
58 AutoZone Memphis $6.9
59 Giant Eagle O’Hara Township, Pa. $6.8
60 Wegmans Food Markets Rochester, N.Y. $6.7
61 Dunkin’ Brands Canton, Mass. $6.7
62 Barnes & Noble New York $6.5
63 DineEquity Glendale, Calif. $6.5
64 Dillard’s Little Rock, Ark. $6.5
65 A&P Montvale, N.J. $6.3
66 O’Reilly Automotive Springfield, Mo. $6.2
67 Advance Auto Parts Roanoke, Va. $6.2
68 GameStop Grapevine, Texas $6.1
69 Dick’s Sporting Goods Coraopolis, Pa. $5.8
70 PetSmart Phoenix $5.7
71 QVC West Chester, Pa. $5.6
72 Defence Commissary Agency Fort Lee, Va. $5.2
73 Big Lots Columbus, Ohio $5.2
74 Save Mart Modesto, Calif. $5.1
75 Sherwin-Williams Cleveland $5.0
76 WinCo Foods Boise, Idaho $4.9
77 OfficeMax Naperville, Ill. $4.8
78 Alimentation Couche-Tard Tempe, Ariz. $4.8
79 Tractor Supply Co. Brentwood, Tenn. $4.7
80 Chick-fil-A Atlanta $4.6
81 Harris Teeter Supermarkets Matthews, N.C. $4.5
82 Foot Locker New York $4.5
83 Dell Round Rock, Texas $4.4
84 Neiman Marcus Dallas $4.3
85 Hy-Vee W. Des Moines, Iowa $4.3
86 Brinker International Dallas $4.1
87 Burlington Coat Factory Burlington, N.J. $4.1
88 Michaels Stores Irving, Texas $4.0
89 Belk Charlotte, N.C. $4.0
90 Bloomin’ Brands Tampa, Fla. $3.9
91 Williams-Sonoma San Francisco $3.9
92 IKEA North America Conshohocken, Pa. $3.9
93 Roundy’s Supermarkets Milwaukee $3.9
94 Stater Bros. Holdings San Bernardino, Calif. $3.9
95 Sonic Oklahoma City, Okla. $3.8
96 Albertsons Boise, Idaho $3.7
97 Price Chopper Supermarkets Schenectady, N.Y. $3.6
98 RadioShack Fort Worth, Texas $3.6
99 Ingles Markets Black Mountain, N.C. $3.6
100 The Sports Authority Englewood, Colo. $3.5

All figures are estimates based on Kantar Retail research and company reports via STORES magazine.


  1. where is coca cola
    how about alcoa aluminum
    general electric
    hewlett packard
    micro soft

    1. The list is not THE top 100 companies (although no doubt these would be in the mix), it is a list of the top 100 retailers (as opposed to wholesaler, etc.). The list was posted in a 2013 report via Kantar Retail research.

      I found it interesting to discover where Americans are spending their retail dollars. This includes the food and ‘stuff’ we buy.

  2. Not sure how many of these numbers are skewed but for Auto Zone ( I manage a store ) they did 9 billion not 6.9. That is a significant difference in reporting. For the record, and I am not a Walmart fan but Walmart did not put any mom and pops out of business the people that switched loyalty for the few dollar savings did. The majority of people don’t understand that money moved from mom and pop took that money out of your community. I personally give as much as I can to the local business’s.

  3. Walmart doesn’t put mom and pop stores out of business. Take the time and effort to look into it and you will discover that following the building of a Walmart store other businesses pop up near it until years later it has tens even in some cases hundreds of small businesses all around it. Walmarts drive traffic to an area and create a little boom town. Walmarts are good for the community, good for the shoppers and good for the country. But don’t worry, governments and unions are working hard to reverse this trend. I fully expect Walmart will one day be unionized so that you can pay twice as much for goods with half the service.

    1. Walmarts are good for the community? Or did you mean to say Chinamarts are good for the community?

      You are right that Chinamart doesn’t put mom and pop stores out of business, it is the people that shop there instead. It is a double edged sword to take advantage of cheap China labor for cheaper products on the shelves of Chinamart. Now our manufacturing is gone. Whoops.

      By the way, to be fair, there are (some) products in Chinamart that are made in the USA.

  4. All the stuff from all the stores pretty much comes from the same place. It would either be ignorance or anger to make someone call Walmart Chinamart.
    But you are 100% correct that if the low prices and good service of Walmart put a higher priced store out of business that it would be the consumers fault and not Walmart’s. Damn that free will and freedom, huh!

  5. I like small business but to me it seems like there is a reason the big corporations are the kings. They have a more efficient way of doing business. Wally world started off small but they grew because they were more efficient where others were not.

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