Kroger, Albertsons sell more than 400 stores for nearly $2 billion. Here's where

This story has been updated to reflect the announcement of the sale.

Kroger and Albertsons supermarkets will sell more than 400 stores to C&S Wholesale Grocers for nearly $2 billion as part of their proposed $25 billion merger, the companies announcedon Friday.

The divestiture, which was first reported to be in the works on Tuesday by Bloomberg, is part of a move to mollify antitrust regulators at the Federal Trade Commission.

Kroger and Albertsons agreed to sell stores that are in the Pacific Northwest, the Mountain states and in California, Texas, Illinois, and the East Coast.

Kroger and Albertsons outlined the potential sale of 100 to 375 stores when they first announced their proposal in 2022. They have since disclosed they would cap divested stores at 650 locations.

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Kroger-Albertsons merger

The proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger would be one of the largest retail takeovers in history. The deal would give Kroger almost 5,000 stores and more than 700,000 workers before an undetermined number of store divestitures.

The two companies have vowed not to close stores or layoff workers, but the unions and other critics are skeptical.

Consumer and union groups have opposed the deal, claiming it would hurt competition and ultimately raise prices and harm workers. Regulators have declined to comment as they decide whether to block it. Kroger executives have vowed to fight for the deal in court.

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What Kroger and Albertsons stores will be affected?

Stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia will be affected:

  • 104 Albertsons Cos. and Kroger stores in Washington

  • 66 Albertsons Cos. and Kroger stores in California

  • 52 Albertsons Cos. stores in Colorado

  • 49 Albertsons Cos. and Kroger stores in Oregon

  • 28 Albertsons Cos. stores in Texas and Louisiana

  • 24 Albertsons Cos. stores in Arizona

  • 15 Albertsons Cos. stores in Nevada

  • 14 Kroger stores in Illinois

  • 14 Albertsons Cos. stores in Alaska

  • 13 Albertsons Cos. stores in Idaho

  • 12 Albertsons Cos. stores in New Mexico

  • 12 Albertsons Cos. stores in Montana, Utah and Wyoming

  • 10 Harris Teeter stores in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia

The deal is subject to Kroger and Albertsons closing their merger. The companies added the deal may require C&S Wholesale to purchase an additional 237 stores from Kroger and Albertsons, in conjunction with securing regulatory approval.

Kroger would not specify which locations will change hands citing that the merger is still in the regulatory process, according to a company spokesperson.

Kroger and Albertsons are also selling off eight distribution centers, two offices and five private-label brands as part of the transaction.

C&S Wholesale Grocers

The deal would give C&S Wholesale, which supplies more than 7,500 supermarkets across the country, a much bigger footprint in the grocery store business.

The private company currently operates a few dozen supermarkets, including 11 Grand Union stores in New York and Vermont as well and an unspecified number of Piggly Wiggly stores in Wisconsin and the Southeast.

SoftBank Group Corp, a Japanese investment group, is talking to C&S Wholesale about helping finance a small portion of the deal, Reuters reported.

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The potential deal comes after Aldi announced last month it was buying about 400 Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores across the Southeast in an agreement with parent company Southeastern Grocers.

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"The time was right to build on our growth momentum and help residents in the Southeast save on their grocery bills,” Aldi CEO Jason Hart said in a news release.

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