Press Release

Murray's Cheese Reaches Milestone 350th Store

Company Release - 12/9/2016 11:00 AM ET

CINCINNATI and NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced that Murray's Cheese has opened its 350th store location in Bloomington, IN, through its special partnership with the Kroger family of stores. New York's most iconic cheese shop, opened in 1940, delivers the finest selection of cheese, meat and specialty food items to Kroger, which includes Fred Meyer, King Soopers, Ralph's and QFC locations in more than 30 states.

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"This is an exciting milestone for Murray's and the specialty cheese industry," said Rob Kaufelt, Murray's Owner and President. "In 2008, we pioneered a store-within-a-store concept at a handful of Kroger stores. Between 2008 and 2012, we opened 38 stores, and in 2016 we opened nearly 100.This partnership has exceeded our wildest expectations!"

"Our customers are excited about the opportunity to buy the unique offerings of Murray's Cheese right in our store," said Robert Clark, Kroger's senior vice president of merchandising.  "We continue to see high demand and great buzz in new communities as the shops come to town."

Murray's Cheese shops in Kroger stores replicate the same experience customers enjoy at its Greenwich Village flagship store. Each carries hundreds of cheeses, charcuterie, olives, crackers and specialty food items from all over the world. Murray's is deeply involved with product selection, staff training & development, merchandising and promotions. Murray's staff has trained thousands of Cheese Mongers and Certified Cheese Professionals throughout its relationship with Kroger.

About Murray's Cheese:
Since its founding in 1940, the mission of Murray's Cheese is to bring the best cheese selection to the United States and to educate customers about cheese. Murray's Bleecker Street and Grand Central Terminal flagship stores offer hundreds of domestic and imported artisan cheeses, along with a large selection of charcuterie and specialty goods. Follow Murray's on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MurraysCheese. For a list of locations, visit murrayscheese.com/locations.

About Kroger:
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America's most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

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