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Washington AG Sues to Block Kroger, Albertsons Merger

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has sued to block the proposed merger of Kroger and Albertsons, two of the country’s largest grocery chains.

In the suit filed in King County Superior Court, Ferguson argued that the $25-billion deal would harm consumers and raise prices. Kroger and Albertsons have more than 300 locations in Washington, and according to the suit, they account for more than half of the state’s grocery sales.

“This merger is bad for Washington shoppers and workers,” Ferguson said in a news release. “Shoppers will have fewer choices and less competition, and, without a competitive marketplace, they will pay higher prices at the grocery store.”

Kroger is the largest supermarket operator with 2,719 locations, and the company also owns Ralphs, Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, King Soopers and other chains. Albertsons has 2,272 stores, and it owns Safeway and Vons. Together, the supermarket chains employ nearly 720,000 people.

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Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.

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