Kroger and Safeway parent company would close almost 600 stores as part of merger

Kroger and Albertsons are set to close almost 600 stores as part of a proposed merger.

Should the merger go through, multiple states will experience closures within the double digits, and there would be even more in Washington and Arizona, with 124 and 101 closures, respectively. There would be 63 closures in California, meanwhile, and 91 in Colorado.

Employees at these closed locations would transfer their employment to C&S Wholesale Grocers, the owner of the Piggly Wiggly grocery brand. The employees transferring would have their pay and health benefits carried over with them.

A Kroger grocery store is seen on June 12, 2012, in Dearborn, Michigan. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The number of closures with this proposed $24.6 billion merger would be 579. The initial proposed closures would have been 413, though both Kroger and Albertsons, which have almost 5,000
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