Cincinnati-based Kroger plans to add 10,000 positions nationally in its supermarket divisions this year, according to an announcement by the company.

The addition follows a year that saw Kroger add 12,000 new workers in 2016. The company employs 443,000 throughout 2,796 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

"Kroger's growth trajectory continues to create opportunities for our people to advance their careers — and to do that in a fun, team environment with great benefits," says Tim Massa, Kroger's group vice president of human resources and labor relations. "We're looking for associates who are passionate about people and about food, and who want to make a difference for our customers, communities and each other."