Is Kroger Marketplace a superstore or supermarket? (for Amex)

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Is Kroger Marketplace a superstore or supermarket? (for Amex)

Postby NoiseInMyAttic » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:26 am

I am thinking about applying for the American Express Blue credit card which offers 3% cash back rewards on supermarkets. The only problem is that neither Kroger nor American Express can tell me if the Kroger Marketplace stores will be classified as a supermarket or superstore. I have talked to about 10 people total in both companies and no one can answer what should be a pretty simple question. HELP! Thanks in advance


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Postby Pete838 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:41 am

No Kroger stores in our area. If someone you know shops at Kroger with an AMEX they can look on their online "recent activity" and find the details of the charge. In my area, the grocery stores I use are classified as "Merchandise & Supplies- Grocery", and the Wal-Mart store is classified as "Merchandise & Supplies- Wholesale Stores"

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Postby sticf » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:26 am

I know that Kroger is considered a grocery store. However, I am not certain about Kroger Marketplace. If I understand correctly the Marketplace chain is more like a "Walmart Supercenter" or a "Super Kmart". It has multiple departments not just a grocery store. So I am not sure what it will be classified as for Amex.

Sorry I could not be more helpful.


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Postby FutureBillionaire » Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:17 pm

I think sticf is correct as well. If they have other departments besides groceries, it won't count.
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Postby inmyeyez » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:27 pm

Here is my screenshot:
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I called Amex about this and they stated that Kroger is always classified as fuel. I was given an address that I could mail a complaint to about the categorization but no other method by which to get that possibly fixed. Not sure if anyone else has different experiences but that makes me very angry because I actually have the preferred Blue Cash Card that has an annual fee and supposedly has 6% back on grocery stores and the Kroger I shop it is a grocery store by all normal definitions (you can even see in the image that the description is grocery stores but the categorization is fuel) and the actual Kroger fuel station is a completely separate entity). I don't know much about superstore vs. supermarket but this is how it is has been billed for me.

Just posting this here for someone else who may be searching for the same information. The card is still a pretty good rewards one, but Kroger is the grocery store that I would have thought would be a no brainer for categorization.

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Postby requiredfield » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:27 am

They have sold groceries for decades and fuel for maybe one decade. This sort of thing makes one scratch his head.

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:46 pm

I have Kroger in my area too. Now I will be forced to rethink my strategy to get that card since that was the main reason I wanted it. I must say that this forum is very helpful.

Is the Blue and Blue Cash worth it? I may seek a different card...
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape


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Postby josemontana » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:55 pm

I know this is an old thread but just for fairness. My purchases made in Kroger Marketplace where I go to do show up as "Grocery Store" in my Amex bill.



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