Bernard Kroger

Birth Name:
Bernard Heinrich Kroger
Birth Date:
January 24, 1860
Birth Place:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Death Date:
July 21, 1938
Place of Death:
Wianno, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cause of Death:
Heart attack
Cemetery Name:
Spring Grove Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Business and Finance
Bernard Kroger was a successful American businessman who created the Kroger chain of supermarkets. Kroger was a pioneering grocery innovator who introduced self-service shopping to the public in 1916 which allowed customers to enter his stores, shop, and bring the merchandise home themselves instead of waiting for a delivery. Kroger also pioneered in-store bakery and meat counters and Kroger grocery stores were the first in the country to sell freshly baked goods, meat, and groceries under the same roof.

Fun Fact

Negotiations for the sale of Bernard Kroger’s entire stockholdings in the Kroger Grocery & Baking Co. began near the end of 1927, and resulted in a sale by him of his stockholdings for a cash consideration of $24,397,000. This amount was received in January of 1928. Mr. Kroger sold his stock because, as he said, “the price offered was so much in excess of what I considered its real value that I could not afford to refuse it.”

Today the total capitalization of Kroger’s is worth north of $85 billion.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Spring Grove Cemetery

4521 Spring Grove Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45232


North America


Cemetery map of Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio
Cemetery map of Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio

Grave Location:

Section 111, Lot 15, Space 5

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery from the main entrance (not the funeral home entrance) drive straight ahead and turn left as you cross under the bridge. From there keep to the left along the border of the cemetery until you come to the Operations Center and Volunteer Arboretum Center. Continue straight ahead and you will see Section 111 on your left. Turn left as you drive around to the otherside of Section 111 and the Kroger Family Monument is right on the road on your left.

Grave Location GPS

39.1763245, -84.5235858



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