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Bernard Kroger, Supermarket Founder

This week, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Bernard Henrich Kroger, born 24 January 1860 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, and died 21 July 1938 in Cape Cod, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, the fifth of ten children of German immigrants Johan Heinrich Kroger (1815-1880) and his wife Mary Gertrude (nee Schlebbe) (1831-1918). The Kroger family lived above a dry goods store that his parents owned, but Kroger was forced to go to work at age thirteen to help support his family. He quit his first job in a drug store because his religious mother objected to his working seven days a week. He then worked as a farmhand near Pleasant Plain, Ohio before contracting malaria and coming home. Kroger then began working as a door to door salesman for the Great Northern and Pacific Tea Co., eventually ending up at the Imperial Tea Co. The grocery store was not doing well, and the two owners made Kroger a manager. When the owners later refused to make Kroger a partner, he used his own money to open his own grocery store. Kroger's store, The Great Western Tea Co., succeeded despite numerous growing pains and catastrophes. Kroger opened four separate locations within two years. He renamed the company Kroger Grocery and Baking Co. in 1902, later shortened to Kroger, and opened over 5,500 stores by the end of the 1920s. He is credited with introducing the low-cost grocery chain models that persist today. Kroger was also involved in many charitable ventures, including the opening of parks, donations to zoos, and medical research. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Person Page that you can add to WeRelate. (learn more...)

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