The Kroger Company announced Wednesday it's considering selling its gas station convenience stores across Ohio and 17 other states.
Kroger officials say a review of company assets show its nearly 800 convenience stores could be more valuable outside of the company.
The Kroger convenience stores include Turkey Hill Minit Markets, Loaf ’N Jug, Kwik Shop, Thom Thumb and QuickStop.
The stores employ nearly 11,000 workers and generated $1.4 billion in revenue last year.
Kroger’s chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen says the company has been growing in a fragmented market. Some experts argue this year's sale of Whole Foods to Amazon dot com will mean big changes to the grocery industry.
The Kroger supermarket fuel centers and Turkey Hill Dairy are not included in the review.