March 21, 2023

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes Opens Listening Session for Proposed Kroger-Albertsons Merger

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes will be at the Catalina High School Auditorium 3645 E. Pima St., Tucson, AZ 85716 on Tuesday, March 28 11am-1pm to discuss the proposed merger between the Kroger Co., parent company of Smith’s and Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, and Albertsons Companies, which operates supermarkets under the Albertsons and Safeway brands in Arizona.

Mayes has launched an anti-trust investigation of the proposed merger, and a series of listening sessions are scheduled for participants to hear directly from families and workers who will be affected by this merger. In the coming weeks, listening sessions will be held in Kingman, Tucson, Phoenix, Prescott and Yuma.

According to the Arizona Attorney General, “Thousands of employees will also wonder whether their jobs will still exist if the merger is finalized. And even if they remain employed, workers may have to worry whether their wages or benefits will decrease. Farmers and ranchers also fear that a consolidated supermarket giant might wield unfair buying power that would force them out of business in favor of corporate producers. I will fight to ensure that Arizona consumers, workers, and local grocery producers are not harmed.”

For more information about the Kroger-Albertsons merger, visit Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes’ press release here or Western Growers’ article Kroger-Albertsons Merger – Western Growers Submits Comment Letter to the FTC   or Industry Pushes to Block Kroger-Albertsons Planned Merger.

RSVP to the Tucson, Ariz. listening Session here.