The Top 50 Retailers in the US

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Retailers range in size from behemoth companies like Wal-Mart to mom and pop shops on the corner. Keeping up with the top players in the retail industry is an important consideration for almost any retailer. It provides a way to benchmark your own success, as well as the means to analyze which companies are moving up, what they are doing right, and what companies falling in the rankings are doing wrong. It is also astounding to see the sales volume some of these companies enjoy. According to the National Retail Federation, the top 50 retailers in the U.S. for 2014 (the most recent year for which stats are available) are as follows:

1 Wal-Mart Bentonville, Ark WalMart.com
2 Kroger Cincinnati, Ohio Kroger.com
3 Costco Issaquah, Wash. Costco.com
4 Target Minneapolis Target.com
5 The Home Depot Atlanta HomeDepot.com
6 Walgreens Deerfield, III Walgreens.com
7 CVS Caremark Woonsocket, R.I. CVS.com
8 Lowe’s Mooresville, N.C Lowes.com
9 Amazon.com Seattle Amazon.com
10 Safeway Pleasanton, Calif Safeway.com
11 McDonald’s Oak Brook, III McDonalds.com
12 Best Buy Richfield, Minn. BestBuy.com
13 Publix Lakeland, Fla Publix.com
14 Macy’s Cincinnati, Ohio Macys.com
15 Apple Stores / iTunes Cupertino, Calif. Apple.com
16 Sears Holdings Hoffman Estates, III Sears.com
17 Ahold USA / Royal Ahold Carlisle, Pa. Ahold.com
18 Rite Aid Camp Hill, Pa RiteAid.com
19 TJX Framingham, Mass TJX.com
20 H-E-B San Antonio HEB.com
21 Albertsons Boise, Idaho Albertsons.com
22 Kohl’s Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohls.com
23 Delhaize America Salisbury, N.C. DelhaizeGroup.com
24 YUM! Brands Louisville, Ky. Yum.com
25 Dollar General Goodlettsville, Tenn DollarGeneral.com
26 Meijer Grand Rapids, Mich Meijer.com
27 True Value Chicago TrueValue.com
28 Wakefern / Shoprite Keasbey, N.J. Wakefern.Shoprite.com
29 BJ’s Wholesale Club Westborough, Mass BJs.com
30 Gap San Francisco Gap.com
31 Subway Milford, Conn. Subway.com
32 Whole Foods Market Austin, Texas WholeFoodsMarket.com
33 Nordstrom Seattle Nordstrom.com
34 J.C. Penney Plano, Texas JCPenney.com
35 7-Eleven Dallas 7-Eleven.com
36 Bed Bath & Beyond Union, N.J. BedBathandBeyond.com
37 SUPERVALU Eden Prairie, Minn. Supervalu.com
38 Aldi Batavia, III Aldi.us
39 Ace Hardware Oak Brook, III AceHardware.com
40 Family Dollar Stores Matthews, N.C. FamilyDollar.com
41 Ross Stores Pleasanton, Calif. RossStores.com
42 Starbucks Seattle Starbucks.com
43 L Brands Columbus, Ohio LB.com
44 BI-LO Jacksonville, Fla. BI-LO.com
45 Wendy’s Dublin, Ohio Wendys.com
46 Menards Eau Claire, Wis. Menards.com
47 Staples Framingham, Mass. Staples.com
48 Army Air Force Exchange Dallas AAFES.com
49 Burger King Miami BK.com
50 Trader Joe’s Monrovia, Calif. TraderJoes.com