11 Safeway stores in Colorado Springs to be sold in grocery store merger
11 Safeway stores in Colorado Springs to be sold in grocery store merger

COLORADO SPRINGS – 11 Safeway locations in Colorado Springs could be sold if the merger between Kroger and Albertsons goes through.

On Tuesday, the two companies announced the full list of 579 grocery stores across the country that will be sold to C&S Wholesale Grocers. The potential sale is part of an effort to address concerns among federal regulators that the proposed merger would reduce competition and raise grocery prices.

The list also includes the Albertsons on Highway 50 in Pueblo, the Safeway on South Prairie Avenue in Pueblo, the Safeway on Highway 105 in Monument and the Safeway on Highway 24 in Woodland Park.

Colorado Springs Safeway locations included in the potential sale:

  • 3275 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
  • 2890 N Powers Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • 6520 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • 1425 S Murray Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • 1920 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
  • 840 Village Center Dr, Colorado Springs
  • 7055 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs
  • 2210 Wahsatch, Colorado Springs
  • 5060 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • 8750 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • 4405 Centennial Blvd, Colorado Springs

The Federal Trade Commission and Colorado’s attorney general have filed lawsuits to stop the merger. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said the merger would end direct competition between the two companies and consolidate an already highly concentrated market.

Local 7 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union has opposed the merger since it was announced in 2022. UFCW President Kim Cordova said the merger creates uncertainty for union members.

“The proposed mega-merger puts our members’ jobs and the well-being of our communities at risk. If the merger were successful, it would have a devastating impact across our entire country, as evidenced by the hundreds of stores on the divestiture list released today. We cannot entrust our grocery stores – which are essential to our communities and our workers – to the untested, inexperienced C&S Wholesale Grocers,” Cordova said.

Kroger and Albertsons have denied claims that the merger would result in store closures and job losses.

It’s unclear if the Safeway name would change if locations are sold to C&S Wholesale Grocers, which owns Piggly Wiggly. The merger would give C&S the naming rights to Safeway in Colorado and Arizona. However, a spokesperson for C&S Wholesale Grocers told News5, “The transaction is not final and C&S’s approval is contingent on Kroger and Albertsons resolving pending cases in court. At that time, more information will be available and I will be able to provide you with more details.”

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office said a Denver District Court judge denied Kroger and Albertsons’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit on June 26. The attorney general’s office said the case will be heard for a preliminary injunction in August and the court will decide whether to temporarily block the merger during the hearing.

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