The Kroger Co was founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1902. The Company operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores throughout the United States. It also manufactures and processes some of the food for sale in its supermarkets. In addition to the supermarkets, as of January 30, 2016, the Company operated through subsidiaries 784 convenience stores and 323 fine jewelry stores. All 121 of its fine jewelry stores located in malls are operated in leased locations. The Company operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores throughout the United States. These plants consisted of 17 dairies, ten deli or bakery plants, five grocery product plants, two beverage plants, two meat plants and two cheese plants. ?The Company operates 2778 supermarket and multi-department stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Its brands include Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, King Soopers and others. The Company is subject to various laws, regulations, and administrative practices that affect its business.