50 Largest Retailers in America

While most of us tend to associate shopping with the modern era (or at least, the rise of capitalism since the industrial revolution), it’s actually much more antiquated than that. According to historians, the first currencies date back to 3000 BC and the first markets to 800 BC, long before private ownership of the means of production was even considered. And while, of course, those early shoppers weren’t looking for the hottest new tech accessory or the perfect evening look, those early markets — and their individual retailers — are proof that humans are in this. store for a very long time. time.

In the millennia that have passed since those first stalls and stores opened, shopping has obviously changed a lot. Gone are the days when buying and selling locally was the default. Today, our economies are dominated by a few hundred unique companies that offer the same products to everyone, regardless of location, economic status or payment method. Additionally, large swaths of the population now do some or all of their shopping online rather than in person; according to data collected by NPR in 2018, 69% of Americans said they do some of their shopping online.

In light of these monumental changes, Stacker has compiled a list of the nation’s 50 largest retailers using retail sales data from Kantar, provided by the National Retail Federation. Each retailer is…