How King Soopers Became Colorado’s Largest Grocery Chain

King Soopers is a supermarket brand of Kroger located in the Rocky Mountains of the United States. It started as its own brand and, today is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The company sells products ranging from groceries to medical drugs and supplements. Know more about their store location and operating hours from King Soopers Pharmacy Hours.  

King Soopers - First store

The chain that has conquered Colorado with more than 150 stores actually does have a simple beginning. It all started in Arvada, Colorado, in 1947 by a former Navy sailor after he got out of his service and decided to open a store

Lloyd King the founder of King Soopers opened his first store in 1942 in a place where Arvada Library is now located. This makes King Soopers older than Safeway, which opened its first store in Alaska in 1959.  

What does King Soopers really mean?

According to CPR, the ‘Soopers’ part has been derived from the Archie Comics, which one of Lloyd’s sons was a fan of.  Archie and the gang would sometimes exclaim ‘Sooper!’, so Lloyd included the term in his brand to show his love for his son.

First to introduce Pharmacy in the grocery store

Can you imagine any modern grocery store without a pharmacy section in it? In the olden days, there was no infusion of pharmacy on grocery stores. In 1952, Lloyd’s store was the very first in the country to have a pharmacy inside of it.  the trend had to start somewhere, and it started in a Colorado King Soopers.

Nearly 140 years later, the Kroger Company is still particular about how we serve customers and community, how we innovate, and who we hire. As the nation’s largest grocer with nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states operating under 28 different names, we meet our customers’ changing needs by making fresh food accessible to all. 

It’s around 140 years after establishing their first store, still, they are particular about how they serve their customers and community. This makes Kings Soopers stand out with an established empire of 2,800 stores in 35 states under 35 states, with their motto of making fresh food accessible to all.