Kroger and Albertsons are engaged in discussions to sell more than 400 stores to C&S Wholesale Grocers for approximately $2 billion as part of their proposed $25 billion merger, as reported by Reuters. This move is aimed at addressing antitrust concerns raised by the Federal Trade Commission.


  • The stores in question are located in the Pacific Northwest, Mountain states, California, Texas, Illinois, and the East Coast.
  • The potential deal is expected to be announced this week.
  • Kroger and Albertsons had initially outlined the possibility of selling 100 to 375 stores when they first announced their merger proposal in 2022. They later set a cap of 650 divested stores.

Both Kroger and Albertsons declined to provide comments, while C&S Wholesale Grocers did not respond to inquiries from the USA TODAY Network regarding the potential deal.


  • The proposed merger between Kroger and Albertsons is one of the largest retail takeovers in history, which would result in nearly 5,000 stores and over 700,000 employees.
  • The companies have pledged not to close stores or lay off workers, though some critics remain skeptical.
  • Consumer and union groups have opposed the merger, citing concerns about reduced competition, potential price increases, and negative impacts on workers.
  • Regulators are currently evaluating the merger, and Kroger has expressed its intent to defend the deal in court.

Additionally, SoftBank Group Corp, a Japanese investment group, is reportedly in discussions with C&S Wholesale Grocers to provide partial financing for the deal.

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