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.


RankCompanyHeadquarters2012 US Sales $B
1Wal-MartBentonville, Ark.$328.7
4CostcoIssaquah, Wash.$71.0
5The Home DepotAtlanta$66.0
6WalgreenDeerfield, Ill.$65.0
7CVS CaremarkWoonsocket, R.I.$63.7
8Lowe’sMooresville, N.C.$49.4
9SafewayPleasanton, Calif.$37.5
10McDonald’sOak Brook, Ill.$35.6
11Amazon.comSeattle, Wash.$34.4
12Best BuyRichfield, Minn.$34.4
13Sears HoldingsHoffman Estates, Ill.$30.7
15PublixLakeland, Fla.$27.5
16SUPERVALUEden Prairie, Minn.$27.5
17Ahold USA / Royal AholdCarlisle, Pa.$25.8
18Rite AidCamp Hill, Pa.$25.4
19Apple Stores / iTunesCupertino, Calif.$24.0
20TJXFramingham, Mass.$19.4
21Kohl’sMenomonee Falls, Wis.$19.3
22Delhaize AmericaSalisbury, N.C.$18.8
23H-E-BSan Antonio$18.2
24YUM! BrandsLouisville, Ky.$18.0
25True ValueChicago$16.6
26Dollar GeneralGoodlettsville, Tenn.$16.0
27MeijerGrand Rapids, Mich.$15.8
28Wakefern / ShopRiteKeasbey, N.J.$13.7
29J.C. PenneyPlano, Texas$12.9
30BJ’s Wholesale ClubWestborough, Mass.$12.5
31StaplesFramingham, Mass.$12.3
32SubwayMilford, Conn.$12.2
33GapSan Francisco$12.0
35Whole Foods MarketAustin, Texas$11.3
36Bed Bath & BeyondUnion, N.J.$10.9
38AldiBatavia, Ill.$10.0
39Ace HardwareOak Brook, Ill.$10.0
40Ross StoresPleasanton, Calif.$9.7
41L Brands (formerly Limited Brands)Columbus, Ohio$9.4
42Family Dollar StoresMatthews, N.C.$9.3
43Army Air Force ExchangeDallas$9.1
44Wendy’sDublin, Ohio$9.0
45Bi-Lo (formerly Winn-Dixie Stores)Jacksonville, Fla.$9.0
47Burger King WorldwideMiami$8.6
48MenardEau Claire, Wis.$8.4
49Good Neighbor PharmacyChesterbrook, Pa.$8.4
50Darden RestaurantsOrlando$8.2
51Verizon WirelessBasking Ridge, N.J.$8.0
52Toys “R” UsWayne, N.J.$8.0
53Trader Joe’sMonrovia, Calif.$7.8
54AT&T WirelessDallas$7.6
55Health Mart SystemsOmaha, Neb.$7.4
56Dollar TreeChesapeake, Va.$7.3
57Office DepotBoca Raton, Fla.$7.0
59Giant EagleO’Hara Township, Pa.$6.8
60Wegmans Food MarketsRochester, N.Y.$6.7
61Dunkin’ BrandsCanton, Mass.$6.7
62Barnes & NobleNew York$6.5
63DineEquityGlendale, Calif.$6.5
64Dillard’sLittle Rock, Ark.$6.5
65A&PMontvale, N.J.$6.3
66O’Reilly AutomotiveSpringfield, Mo.$6.2
67Advance Auto PartsRoanoke, Va.$6.2
68GameStopGrapevine, Texas$6.1
69Dick’s Sporting GoodsCoraopolis, Pa.$5.8
71QVCWest Chester, Pa.$5.6
72Defence Commissary AgencyFort Lee, Va.$5.2
73Big LotsColumbus, Ohio$5.2
74Save MartModesto, Calif.$5.1
76WinCo FoodsBoise, Idaho$4.9
77OfficeMaxNaperville, Ill.$4.8
78Alimentation Couche-TardTempe, Ariz.$4.8
79Tractor Supply Co.Brentwood, Tenn.$4.7
81Harris Teeter SupermarketsMatthews, N.C.$4.5
82Foot LockerNew York$4.5
83DellRound Rock, Texas$4.4
84Neiman MarcusDallas$4.3
85Hy-VeeW. Des Moines, Iowa$4.3
86Brinker InternationalDallas$4.1
87Burlington Coat FactoryBurlington, N.J.$4.1
88Michaels StoresIrving, Texas$4.0
89BelkCharlotte, N.C.$4.0
90Bloomin’ BrandsTampa, Fla.$3.9
91Williams-SonomaSan Francisco$3.9
92IKEA North AmericaConshohocken, Pa.$3.9
93Roundy’s SupermarketsMilwaukee$3.9
94Stater Bros. HoldingsSan Bernardino, Calif.$3.9
95SonicOklahoma City, Okla.$3.8
96AlbertsonsBoise, Idaho$3.7
97Price Chopper SupermarketsSchenectady, N.Y.$3.6
98RadioShackFort Worth, Texas$3.6
99Ingles MarketsBlack Mountain, N.C.$3.6
100The Sports AuthorityEnglewood, Colo.$3.5

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