What happens if the Safeway stores in Colorado are sold?
What happens if the Safeway stores in Colorado are sold?

DENVER (KDVR) — On Tuesday, Albertsons Companies and Kroger released a list of stores they plan to sell in the event of a proposed merger, including 89 of the 103 existing Safeway stores in Colorado.

The companies have agreed to sell the businesses to C&S Wholesalers, but the sale and merger have so far been blocked by lawsuits.

But what would happen to the 89 Safeway stores if the merger went ahead?

The name Safeway would not change

According to information provided by Albertsons and Kroger, C&S Wholesalers would license the Safeway name in Colorado after the sale. This means that all 89 Safeway stores would continue to operate under the same name and no rebranding would be necessary.

However, the 14 stores not affected by the sale would have to change their brand image.

Some trademarks may change

Several private labels are included in the sales plan, but some are not.

Debi Lilly Design, Primo Taglio, Open Nature, ReadyMeals and Waterfront Bistro would be sold to C&S Wholesalers under the agreement. C&S Wholesalers would also have the ability to continue selling two other brands, O Organics and Signature, following the sale.

Three brands – Lucerne, Value Corner and Soleil – also belong to Albertsons, but were not mentioned by name in the published information.

Buyer promises that there will be no store closures or job losses

According to the information published on the divestment plans, C&S Wholesalers has committed that there will be no store closures as a result of the merger and that all employees in the production area will remain employed.

The company also agreed to maintain all existing collective bargaining agreements for union members.

Kroger and Albertsons also promised that they would not close any of their stores as a result of the merger. This would include all King Soopers stores in Colorado and the 14 Safeway stores that are not included in the divestment plan.

By Everly