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A proposed merger between two supermarket chains would affect 26 stores across Dallas-Fort Worth: The two chains are Kroger and Albertsons, who are attempting to merge into one company in order to compete with big guns like Walmart and Amazon.

The merger has been challenged by federal regulators, prompting two chains to create a plan in which they would sell off nearly 600 locations.

Kroger, which is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has 2,750 stores in 35 states, which includes brands like Ralphs, Smith’s, and Harris Teeter. Albertsons, which is based in Boise, Idaho, has 2,273 stores in 34 states, including brands like Safeway, Jewel Osco, and Shaw’s.

The two companies proposed the merger in 2022 in order to help them compete against mega-chains like Walmart, Amazon, and Costco. According to the Associated Press, if Kroger and Albertsons were combined, that would give them control of 13 percent of the grocery market versus Walmart’s 22 percent.

In 2023, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit to block the merger, stating that it would eliminate competition and lead to higher prices. Inflation has already raised grocery prices by 11.4 percent in 2022 and another 5 percent in 2023.

A hearing has been set for July 31.

To prove that the merger would not result in a monopoly, Kroger and Albertsons have agreed to sell 579 stores to C&S Wholesale Grocers, a supplier based in New Hampshire that operates a total of 23 supermarkets including 11 Grand Union stores in New York as well as owning the Piggly Wiggly brand.

In a statement, C&S said that it was “committed to ensuring zero stores will close as a result of the merger, all frontline associates will remain employed, all existing collective bargaining agreements will continue, and associates will continue to receive industry-leading benefits alongside bargained-for wages.”

The two chains originally proposed selling 413 stores in locations where their operations overlap, but have added another 166 stores for a total of 579 in Washington (124), Arizona (101), Colorado (91), California (63), Oregon (62), Illinois (35), Texas (28), Nevada (16), and Alaska (18).

Store brands affected would include Tom Thumb, Randalls, Market Street, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, QFC, Mariano’s, Carrs, Harris Teeter, and Haggen.

Industry publication
Supermarket News has the full list of stores across the US

Of the stores in Texas that are affected, 26 are in North Texas; the other two are two Randalls stores in the Houston area.

The Texas stores impacted include:

Market Street – 985 W Bethany Dr, Allen

Albertsons – 6220 US Hwy 287, Arlington

Albertsons — 301 SW Plaza Shopping Ctr, Arlington

Tom Thumb – 1701 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington

Tom Thumb – 2755 N Collins, Arlington

Tom Thumb – 6333 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas

Albertsons – 2321 W University Dr, Denton

Albertsons — 1155 N Main St, Euless

Market Street — 3800 Long Prairie Rd, Flower Mound

Tom Thumb – 4301 Cross Timbers Rd, Flower Mound

Market Street — 11999 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco

Market Street — 4268 Legacy Dr, Frisco

Tom Thumb – 4848 Preston Rd, Frisco

Tom Thumb — 5550 Fm 423, Frisco

Tom Thumb – 612 Grapevine Hwy, Hurst
Tom Thumb — 1000 Keller Pkwy, Keller

Market Street — 3145 E Broad St, Mansfield

Market Street – 6100 W Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney

Tom Thumb – 6800 W Virginia Pkwy, McKinney

Tom Thumb – 1501 Pioneer Rd, Mesquite

Tom Thumb – 3945 Legacy Dr, Plano

Tom Thumb – 1380 W Campbell Rd, Richardson

Tom Thumb – 3070 N Goliad, Rockwall

Tom Thumb – 551 Laurence Dr, Rockwall

Albertsons — 1201 N Saginaw Blvd, Saginaw

Tom Thumb – 101 Trophy Lake Dr, Trophy Club

Randalls — 2931 Central City Blvd, Galveston
Randalls — 14610 Memorial Dr, Houston

By meerna

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