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KROGER FILES REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR 12,500,000 SHARES OF COMMON STOCK

 CINCINNATI, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ --- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed public offering of 12,500,000 shares of common stock.
 The planned offering, which will be made only by prospectus, will consist solely of primary shares, with 10,000,000 shares to be offered in the United States and 2,500,000 shares to be offered in a concurrent international offering. In addition, the Company has granted the underwriters an option for 30 days to purchase up to an additional 1,875,000 shares to cover over-allotments only.
 Kroger said Goldman, Sachs & Co. will lead manage the offering, with Lehman Brothers and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. acting as co-managers. Goldmans Sachs International Limited will lead manage the international offering with Lehman Brothers International and J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd. acting as co-lead managers.
 The Company said it intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay outstanding debt or for general corporate purposes.
 A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sales of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities law of any such state.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Bernish (media), 513-762-1304; or Larry Turner (investors), 513-762-4911; both of The Kroger Company/
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