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Potential Merger Between Kroger And Albertsons Could Bring Changes To Northern Arizona Grocery Shopping

Supermarket chains Kroger, who owns Fry’s, and Albertsons, who owns Safeway, are trying to convince federal regulators to approve their $25-billion merger, which would affect grocery shoppers across Northern Arizona. If the merger goes through, all three Safeway locations in Flagstaff, along with stores in Chino Valley, Cottonwood, two in Prescott and one in Prescott Valley, would be part of 100 stores that would be up for sale. However, those stores would be purchased by C&S Wholesale Grocers, who operate Grand Union and Piggly Wiggly supermarkets. C&S and Kroger say no stores will close and no front line workers will lose their jobs. Kroger officials tell KAFF News they would be “licensing the Safeway banner to C&S to be used in Arizona.” They add, “the stores on the list will likely remain Safeways.” Both Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes and Secretary of State Adrian Fontes says the merger, if it goes through, would be a monopoly for Kroger and would leave to higher prices. They have joined a multi-state lawsuit against the merger.

Northern Arizona Stores On The List:

Safeway Chino Valley – 1031 N. State Route 89
Safeway Cottonwood – 1635 East Cottonwood Street
Safeway Flagstaff – 1500 East Cedar Avenue
Safeway Flagstaff – 1201 S. Plaza Way
Safeway Flagstaff – 4910 N. U.S. Highway 89
Safeway Prescott – 1044 Willow Creek Road
Safeway Prescott – 450 White Spar Road
Safeway Prescott Valley – 7720 E. Highway 89

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