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Kroger and Albertsons Move to Sell Stores in Merger Effort

 |  April 22, 2024

Kroger and Albertsons have announced plans to sell off a substantial number of their stores. This move is part of their ongoing efforts to secure approval for their proposed merger, which has been under scrutiny from antitrust regulators.

The two grocery giants have agreed to divest 579 stores across several states, in what is seen as a bid to address concerns over reduced competition and potential negative impacts on consumers. The stores, valued at approximately $1.9 billion, are to be sold to C&S Wholesale Grocers, a company with a history of operating both retail and wholesale businesses.

“This divestiture is a critical step forward in our journey to come together with Albertsons,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO, highlighting the strategic importance of the move. He further emphasized the potential benefits of the merger, including enhanced customer experience and more competitive offerings.

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The proposed merger, valued at around $20 billion, has been a subject of intense scrutiny since its announcement. Critics argue that it could lead to higher prices, fewer choices for consumers and adverse effects on employees. However, the companies have countered these claims, asserting that the merger would enable them to compete more effectively with larger rivals in the grocery and retail sectors.

As part of their efforts to gain regulatory approval, Kroger and Albertsons have also committed to investing $1.3 billion into the stores being sold, ensuring they remain competitive and continue to serve their communities effectively.

The deal with C&S Wholesale Grocers is contingent upon the successful completion of the merger, which is still subject to approval by federal regulators. Both Kroger and Albertsons remain hopeful that their concessions will satisfy the concerns of the authorities and allow them to proceed with their plans to combine operations.

Source: Cincinnati