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91 grocery stores in Colorado to be sold if Kroger and Albertsons merger goes ahead

DENVER — As part of the planned merger of Kroger and Albertsons, about 91 grocery stores in Colorado will be sold or transferred, the companies announced this week.

The list includes 89 Safeway stores and two Albertsons locations to be sold to C&S Wholesale Grocers as Kroger and Albertsons seek to allay state and federal government concerns about the merger attempt first announced for 2022.

Before announcing the list of stores, Kroger said in April that C&S would operate the Colorado stores under the Safeway brand if its $24.6 billion merger with Albertsons was approved.

As part of its initial divestment plan, Kroger initially announced in September 2023 that C&S would purchase 413 stores, only to increase that number to 579 stores earlier this year.

“The amended divestiture package is in response to concerns raised by federal and state antitrust authorities regarding the original agreement,” Kroger said in a statement. “The amended divestiture package includes a modified and expanded store offering and additional non-store assets to continue to enable C&S to operate competitively following completion of the proposed merger.”

The companies have stressed that no stores would be closed and that service employees would lose their jobs.

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The United Food & Commercial Workers Unions believes the proposed merger would harm workers and damage competition.

“We remain focused on stopping the proposed mega-merger for the same reasons we have cited since it was first announced over 20 months ago – because we know it would hurt workers, buyers, suppliers and the community, and because it is illegal,” the UFCW said. “The merger proposal was rejected in January and February by the attorneys general of Colorado and Washington states and the Federal Trade Commission. We applaud their actions. They have been in possession of this proposed divestiture list, which the companies released today, for months, and that has not changed their opposition to the proposed merger.”

It is still unclear whether the revised plan would satisfy regulators. The US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit in February to block the $24.6 billion merger of the two food giants, arguing that the lack of competition would lead to higher food prices and lower wages for workers.

Colorado Attorney General announces lawsuit to prevent Kroger-Albertsons merger

Kroger’s attempt to merge with Albertsons Companies Inc. also stalled in Colorado in February when Attorney General Phil Weiser announced a lawsuit to prevent the supermarket chains from merging.

Weiser said theA merger of the parent companies of King Soopers/City Market and Safeway would destroy competition and harm consumers.

“Colorado residents are concerned about unjustified consolidation and its harmful impact on consumers, workers and suppliers,” Weiser said in a press release. “After 19 town hall meetings across the state, I am convinced that Coloradans believe this merger of the two supermarket chains would result in store closures, higher prices, fewer jobs, poorer customer service and less resilient supply chains.”

A total of eight states have challenged the merger. Two distribution centers and a plant in Denver would also be affected.

Kroger and Albertsons announce plans to divest hundreds of locations

Here is the full list of the 91 Colorado grocery stores slated for divestment:

  • Safeway — 1301 Main St, Alamosa
  • Safeway — 7561 W 80th Ave, Arvada
  • Safeway — 12200 E Mississippi Ave, Aurora
  • Safeway — 18730 E Hampden Ave, Aurora
  • Safeway — 1677 S Havana St, Aurora
  • Safeway — 1200 S Buckley Rd, Aurora
  • Safeway — 6100 S Gun Club Rd, Aurora
  • Safeway — 3325 28th Street, Boulder
  • Safeway — 2798 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder
  • Safeway — 4800 E Baseline Rd, Boulder
  • Safeway — 1605 Bridge St, Brighton
  • Safeway — 3602 W 144th Ave, Broomfield
  • Safeway — 1414 Main St, Canon City
  • Safeway — 880 S Perry St, Castle Rock
  • Safeway — 7375 Arapahoe Rd, Centennial
  • Safeway — 3275 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 2890 N Powers Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 6520 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 1425 S Murray Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 1920 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 840 Village Center Dr, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 7055 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 2210 Wahsatch, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 5060 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 8750 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 4405 Centennial Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 27152 Main St, Conifer
  • Safeway — 1580 E Main St, Cortez
  • Safeway — 1550 Hwy 92, Delta
  • Safeway — 1653 S Colorado Blvd, Denver
  • Safeway — 2660 N Federal Blvd, Denver
  • Safeway — 6440 E Yale Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 2150 S Downing St, Denver
  • Safeway — 560 Corona St, Denver
  • Safeway — 757 E 20th Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 3800 W 44th Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 6220 E 14th Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 9160 W Colfax Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 200 Quebec St Bldg 400, Denver
  • Safeway — 323 S Broadway, Denver
  • Safeway — 10300 Federal Blvd, Denver
  • Safeway — 771 Thornton Pkwy, Denver
  • Safeway — 500 E 120th Ave, Denver
  • Albertsons — 311 W College Dr, Durango
  • Safeway — 220 S Elizabeth St, Elizabeth
  • Safeway — 201 E Jefferson, Englewood
  • Safeway — 3333 Arapahoe Rd B, Erie
  • Safeway — 3851 Hwy 74 S, Evergreen
  • Safeway — 8134 Colorado Blvd, Firestone
  • Safeway — 1426 E Harmony Rd, Fort Collins
  • Safeway — 2160 W Drake Rd, Unit 6, Fort Collins
  • Safeway — 3660 S Mason St, Fort Collins
  • Safeway — 731 S Lemay Ave, Fort Collins
  • Safeway — 1300 Dexter St, Fort Lupton
  • Safeway — 40 County Rd 804, Fraser
  • Safeway — 1008 N Summit Blvd, Frisco
  • Safeway — 1701 Jackson St, Golden
  • Safeway — 2901 F Rd, Grand Junction
  • Safeway — 681 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction
  • Safeway — 2512 Broadway, Grand Junction
  • Safeway — 4548 Centerplace Dr, Greeley
  • Safeway — 3526 W 10th St, Greeley
  • Safeway — 112 S Spruce St, Gunnison
  • Safeway — 9255 S Broadway, Highlands Ranch
  • Safeway — 2425 Miner St, Idaho Spring
  • Safeway — 11088 W Jewell, Lakewood
  • Safeway — 13111 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood
  • Safeway — 12442 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton
  • Safeway — 5025 S Kipling Pkwy, Littleton
  • Safeway — 8355 N Rampart Range Rd, Littleton
  • Safeway — 181 W Mineral Ave, Littleton
  • Safeway — 8434 S Kipling Pkwy, Littleton
  • Safeway — 9229 E Lincoln Ave, Lone Tree
  • Safeway — 1050 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont
  • Safeway — 1632 Hover St, Longmont
  • Safeway — 1601 Coalton Rd, Louisville
  • Safeway — 910 W Cherry St, Louisville
  • Safeway — 860 Cleveland Ave, Loveland
  • Safeway — 1451 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland
  • Safeway — 2321 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland
  • Safeway — 1329 S Townsend Ave, Montrose
  • Safeway — 624 Highway 105, Monument 5
  • Safeway — 11051 S Parker Rd, Parker
  • Albertsons — 1601 Hwy 50 W, Pueblo
  • Safeway — 1231 S Prairie Ave, Pueblo
  • Safeway — 37500 E US Hwy 40, Steamboat Springs
  • Safeway — 3840 E 104th Ave, Thornton
  • Safeway — 2131 N Frontage Rd W, Vail
  • Safeway – 3900 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge
  • Safeway — 1535 Main St, Windsor
  • Safeway — 1101 E US Hwy 24, Woodland Park
  • Attachment: Denver Dairy – 4301 Forest St, Denver
  • Distribution Center: Only Denver Freezer / Variety Bldg – 4350 Dahlia St, Denver
  • Distribution Center: 4600 E Stapleton Dr S, Denver

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