The annual ranking of U.S. retailers by domestic sales, featured in the July issue of STORES Magazine ranks Walmart at No. 1 again. The country’s largest retailer had U.S. sales totaling $307 billion in 2010. The company continues to look for new growth opportunities by testing several smaller “Express” store prototypes in both rural and urban areas.
Kroger is the largest U.S. supermarket company. Its sales grew 6.4% to $78 billion in 2010. The grocer has found success in its in-store pharmacies and health programs. It is now publishing health guides with information on natural standards for herbs and supplements and is offering a unique 30-day/$4 prescription medication program.
No. 3 Target had sales of more than $65 billion last year. It is seeking to place smaller units in inner cities and recently completed a revitalization of its PFresh initiative, which added fresh fruits and vegetables to stores across the country.
Walgreen climbed to No/ 4 after acquiring drugstore.com, adding specialty pharmacy and in-store health clinics and expanding its food offerings, Its sales grew 6.3 percent in 2010.
Home Depot (#5), Costco (#6), CVS Caremark (#7), Lowe’s (#8), Best Buy (#9) and Sears Holdings (#10) round out the top 10.