Top 100 Retailers 2021 List

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The NRF Top 100 Retailers list ranks the industry’s largest companies according to sales. Explore the complete list below or take a closer look at 2021’s rundown in this blog post

Rank Company Headquarters/U.S. headquarters 2020 USA retail sales (billions) U.S. sales growth ('20 v '19) 2020 worldwide retail sales (billions) USA % of worldwide sales 2020 U.S. stores U.S. store growth ('20 v '19) Notes Expand all
1 Walmart Bentonville, AR $430.82 8.70% $543.17 79% 5,253 -0.10%
2 Amazon.com Seattle, WA $187.27 33.70% $263.16 71% 523 3.80%
3 The Kroger Co. Cincinnati, OH $131.57 8.30% $131.57 100% 2,922 -2.70%
4 The Home Depot Atlanta, GA $121.26 21.30% $129.89 93% 1,974 0.20%
5 Costco Wholesale Issaquah, WA $121.22 9.30% $162.48 75% 548 1.70%
6 Walgreens Boots Alliance Deerfield, IL $104.70 2.80% $117.74 89% 8,760 -3.30%
7 Target Minneapolis, MN $92.40 19.80% $92.40 100% 1,897 1.60%
8 CVS Health Corporation Woonsocket, RI $89.53 3.80% $89.94 100% 9,813 -0.70%
9 Lowe's Companies Mooresville, NC $82.88 23.80% $87.54 95% 1,734 0.30%
10 Albertsons Companies Boise, ID $69.73 11.70% $69.73 100% 2,289 0.50%
11 Apple Stores / iTunes Cupertino, CA $55.06 10.10% $63.04 87% 271 0.00%
12 Royal Ahold Delhaize USA Carlisle, PA $51.17 14.60% $85.24 60% 1,985 0.50%
13 Publix Super Markets Lakeland, FL $44.84 17.60% $44.84 100% 1,521 2.80%
14 Best Buy Richfield, MN $43.24 8.00% $46.22 94% 975 -2.00%
15 Aldi Batavia, IL $34.54 11.00% $120.09 29% 2,619 1.30% Includes Trader Joe’s
16 Dollar General Goodlettsville, TN $33.74 21.60% $33.74 100% 17,348 6.00%
17 H.E. Butt Grocery San Antonio, TX $29.01 11.60% $30.71 94% 338 0.90%
18 TJX Companies Framingham, MA $25.17 -21.20% $32.40 78% 3,264 0.30%
19 Dollar Tree Chesapeake, VA $25.08 7.90% $25.42 99% 15,375 2.10%
20 Ace Hardware Oak Brook, IL $22.69 25.50% $23.69 96% 4,647 2.00%
21 Meijer Grand Rapids, MI $19.59 10.60% $19.59 100% 256 3.20%
22 Wakefern / ShopRite Keasbey, NJ $18.27 9.80% $18.27 100% 359 2.00%
23 7-Eleven Dallas, TX $18.25 0.60% $87.94 21% 9,522 0.60% 7-Eleven completed the acquisition of Speedway on May 17, 2021. Revenues for FY 2020 do not reflect the acquisition
24 Macy's New York, NY $17.15 -29.80% $17.23 100% 733 -6.10%
25 AT&T Wireless Dallas, TX $17.02 8.20% $17.02 100% 1,880 -14.50%
26 Rite Aid Camp Hill, PA $16.37 4.80% $16.37 100% 2,447 -0.60%
27 Verizon Wireless New York, NY $15.49 -28.20% $15.49 100% 6,339 -1.90%
28 BJ's Wholesale Club Westborough, MA $15.43 17.00% $15.43 100% 221 1.40%
29 Kohl's Menomonee Falls, WI $15.33 -19.00% $15.33 100% 1,174 0.30%
30 PetSmart Phoenix, AZ $13.18 11.10% $13.56 97% 1,556 2.20%
31 Menards Eau Claire, WI $12.80 5.40% $12.80 100% 314 0.60%
32 Ross Stores Dublin, CA $12.51 -21.90% $12.53 100% 1,859 3.10%
33 Dell Technologies Round Rock, TX $12.31 12.10% $12.31 100% - -
34 Hy Vee West Des Moines, IA $11.97 11.80% $11.97 100% 297 7.20%
35 Wayfair Boston, MA $11.61 54.60% $13.89 84% - -
36 O'Reilly Auto Parts Springfield, MO $11.60 14.30% $11.60 100% 5,594 2.80%
37 Gap San Francisco, CA $11.51 -13.70% $14.26 81% 2,338 -5.40%
38 Qurate Retail Englewood, CO $11.21 4.30% $14.20 79% - -
39 Health Made Systems Omaha, NE $10.94 1.20% $10.94 100% 4,803 -4.50%
40 Wegmans Food Market Rochester, NY $10.84 11.90% $10.84 100% 104 3.00%
41 L Brands Columbus, OH $10.80 -6.30% $11.39 95% 2,479 -7.80%
42 AutoZone Memphis, TN $10.70 6.50% $12.24 87% 5,837 2.00% Excludes services
43 True Value Co. Chicago, IL $10.60 14.20% $11.30 94% 4,515 3.90%
44 Tractor Supply Co. Brentwood, TN $10.57 26.80% $10.57 100% 2,106 4.10%
45 Giant Eagle O'Hara Township, PA $9.97 6.70% $9.97 100% 474 -1.90%
46 Alimentation Couche-Tard Tempe, AZ $9.95 1.20% $13.23 75% 6,784 1.70%
47 Dick's Sporting Goods Coraopolis, PA $9.57 9.40% $9.57 100% 854 0.50%
48 Sherwin-Williams Cleveland, OH $9.40 2.10% $10.02 94% 4,152 1.00%
49 Nordstrom Seattle, WA $9.35 -35.70% $9.49 99% 347 -2.50%
50 Bed Bath & Beyond Union, NJ $8.91 -18.60% $9.07 98% 1,274 -10.50%
51 WinCo Foods Boise, ID $8.74 7.80% $8.74 100% 129 1.60%
52 Good Neighbor Pharmacy Chesterbrook, PA $8.45 1.90% $8.45 100% 2,377 -1.10%
53 Southeastern Grocers (BI-LO) Jacksonville, FL $8.23 -7.70% $8.23 100% 523 -12.50%
54 Army & Air Force Exchange Dallas TX $7.90 3.40% $7.90 100% 896 0.00%
55 J.C. Penney Company Plano, TX $7.48 -29.80% $7.53 99% 683 -18.70%
56 Save-A-Lot Earth City, MO $7.25 1.10% $7.25 100% 1,230 0.00%
57 Bass Pro Springfield, MO $6.80 3.80% $7.32 93% 152 -0.70%
58 Staples Framingham, MA $6.63 -5.10% $8.67 76% 1,071 -2.00%
59 Williams-Sonoma San Francisco, CA $6.61 16.30% $6.72 98% 546 -6.20%
60 Sprouts Farmers Market Phoenix, AZ $6.45 14.70% $6.45 100% 362 6.50%
61 Speedway Enon, OH $6.38 -3.70% $6.38 100% 3,839 -7.60% 7-Eleven completed the acquisition of Speedway on May 17, 2021. Revenues for FY 2020 do not reflect the acquisition
62 AVB Brandsource Tustin, CA $6.28 5.50% $6.45 97% 3,133 0.00%
63 Big Lots Columbus, OH $6.20 16.40% $6.20 100% 1,408 0.30%
64 Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Bolingbrook, IL $6.15 -16.80% $6.15 100% 1,264 0.80%
65 Foot Locker New York, NY $6.03 -3.20% $7.77 78% 1,952 -3.20%
66 Ikea North American Services Conshohocken, PA $5.91 -4.80% $46.79 13% 51 2.00%
67 Office Depot Boca Raton, FL $5.78 -2.00% $7.88 73% 1,154 -11.70%
68 Academy Sports Katy, TX $5.69 13.80% $5.69 100% 259 0.00%
69 Burlington Burlington, NJ $5.63 -21.80% $5.68 99% 748 2.90%
70 Camping World Lincolnshire, IL $5.45 11.90% $5.45 100% 211 0.50%
71 Discount Tire Scottsdale, AZ $5.15 3.80% $5.15 100% 1,078 3.40% Excludes services
72 Sephora (LVMH) San Francisco, CA $5.01 -15.70% $12.87 39% 476 12.30%
73 Piggly Wiggly Keene, NH $4.85 11.90% $4.85 100% 404 -2.70%
74 Hobby Lobby Stores Oklahoma City, OK $4.79 -11.90% $4.79 100% 919 1.70%
75 Petco San Diego, CA $4.78 10.40% $4.88 98% 1,464 5.60%
76 Michaels Stores Irving, TX $4.76 3.50% $5.28 90% 1,120 -1.80%
77 Stater Bros Holdings San Bernardino, CA $4.68 9.90% $4.68 100% 172 0.60%
78 Signet Jewelers Akron, OH $4.65 -12.50% $5.23 89% 2,381 -9.20%
79 Exxon Mobile Corporation Irving, TX $4.63 -3.90% $9.03 51% 3,292 -0.90% Only c-stores included
80 Defense Commissary Agency Prince George County, VA $4.60 2.20% $4.60 100% 236 0.00%
81 My Demoulas Tewksbury, MA $4.55 10.50% $4.55 100% 81 1.30%
82 Advance Auto Raleigh, NC $4.35 4.10% $4.37 99% 4,448 -1.00%
83 Dillard's Little Rock, AR $4.16 -30.80% $4.16 100% 250 -12.30%
84 Smart & Final Commerce, CA $4.12 11.50% $4.22 98% 256 -0.40%
85 Weis Markets Sunbury, PA $4.11 16.00% $4.11 100% 196 -1.00%
86 Ingles Black Mountain, NC $4.02 15.20% $4.02 100% 197 -0.50%
87 Golub Schenectady, NY $3.91 1.60% $3.91 100% 130 -3.00%
88 Shell Oil Company Houston, TX $3.88 -1.70% $4.48 87% 4,124 -0.80% Only c-stores included
89 Save Mart Modesto, CA $3.86 2.70% $3.86 100% 204 -0.50%
90 Total Wine & More Bethesda, MD $3.82 15.70% $3.82 100% 214 10.30%
91 Caseys General Store Ankeny, IA $3.72 4.10% $3.72 100% 2,247 1.80%
92 Guitar Center Westlake Village, CA $3.43 0.00% $3.43 100% 530 5.40%
93 GameStop Grapevine, TX $3.40 -19.60% $5.06 67% 3,190 -12.40%
94 American Eagle Pittsburgh, PA $3.33 -10.80% $4.58 73% 923 -0.90%
95 UNFI Providence, RI $3.17 7.50% $3.17 100% 98 -20.30%
96 Grocery Outlet Emeryville, CA $3.13 22.50% $3.13 100% 380 9.50%
97 Belk Charlotte, NC $3.13 -30.30% $3.13 100% 291 -0.30%
98 Lululemon Sumner, WA $3.04 19.10% $3.79 80% 315 3.30%
99 Sears Holdings Hoffman Estates, IL $3.03 -49.50% $3.26 93% 79 -72.90%
100 AMPM La Palma, CA $3.00 -1.30% $4.35 69% 1,026 1.60%

The Top 100 Retailers are ranked by past 52/53-week annual retail sales. In almost all instances, sales used to rank companies are for retail activity in the United States only; footnotes are provided when this is not the case.

To arrive at U.S. retail sales figures, a variety of estimation techniques are applied based on publicly disclosed information. For this reason, the figures presented do not always match the companies’ official public filing reports.

Company revenues from non-retailing operating segments are removed unless otherwise noted; system-wide sales are provided when the operation is a franchise. In keeping with the methodology used in previous years, rankings eliminate fuel sales at locations designated as having a gasoline/fueling station as its primary business.

What constitutes a segment Power Player? Any retailer in this Top 100 list with 2020 U.S. sales equal to or greater than 10 percent of the sales of the category leader.

Selection criteria for the U.S. Top 100 list is based on Kantar’s Retail IQ integrated research methodology:

  • Retail coverage: More than 1,000 retail accounts across the world with sales and store growth by banner forecast out five years using company reports and Kantar’s projection models and research methods that include insights developed by Kantar through research on the largest retailers and discussions with many industry leaders.
  • Depth of coverage: Each major retail account analyzed at the banner and format level and summarized in the aggregate for a total of more than 4,000 banners.
  • Retailer coverage: All retailers with $2 billion in annual retail sales volume and key format leaders for Kantar’s core 50 countries, plus exceptions for impactful retailers with as little as $1 billion annual retail sales volume.
  • Kantar currently tracks over 1,000 retailers with sales in excess of $2 billion annually. We glean information from store and market visits, retailer websites, industry websites, news searches in several languages, regulatory bodies, annual reports, and analyst and retailer conference calls.
  • This information is streamlined and entered into our database, which allows for efficient presentation of only the most relevant information. Kantar structures its sales estimates around the ROY-BCMF principle — Retailer-Ownership-Year and Banner-Chain Type-Market-Format — which allows us to present highly detailed and explanatory analysis. For each retailer that we enter into the database, we break out sales, stores and square footage.
  • Kantar is always expanding chain coverage to include retailers that are influential or important at a country level. When added, these retailers follow the same standard as the others — our estimates are done on a banner-by-banner basis.

NRF’s Top 100 includes several noteworthy departures from Kantar’s established methodology:

  • It considers and includes key telecom players such as AT&T and Verizon.
  • It considers vertically integrated brand specialty retail sales, as assessed/estimated by Kantar’s retail experts.
    • A vertically integrated brand is either 1) a manufacturer that has a network of stores selling their branded products as part of their overall business model such as Nike, Levi’s, and Bose, or 2) a retailer has extensive manufacturer holdings such as Lidl, Future Retail, and Kroger.
  • Note: The 2021 U.S. Top 100 list excludes restaurant chains, which were included in prior years.

*This list was updated September 27, 2021.

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