On Friday, October 14, Albertsons Companies, the parent company of The United Family, announced it has come to an agreement to merge with Kroger.
In the immediate future, nothing about this news will impact the day-to-day roles of team members. Albertsons and Kroger will operate as two separate companies until the deal is finalized in early 2024.
“I hope our team knows that this news does nothing to change the amazing work they do on a daily basis,” said Sidney Hopper, president of The United Family. “It is business as usual. We will keep serving our communities the way we know how — with ultimate service, superior performance and positive impact.”
Through the merger, the combined companies will now serve the communities of approximately 85 million households and employ more than 710,000 team members nationwide. The company will now include nearly 5,000 retail locations, 66 distribution centers, 52 manufacturing plants, nearly 4,000 pharmacies and more than 2,000 fuel and convenience centers.
Leadership in both Kroger and Albertsons believe these companies are anchored by shared values focused on helping guests, team members and communities thrive. Helping is part of The United Family culture and that isn’t going anywhere.
“As we navigate this transition, I want teams to know that leadership is there for them and will answer questions where they can,” Hopper said. “If you have a concern or question, please pass those along so that we can have the opportunity to address it. We will do our best to keep team members informed with new developments as they happen.”
For antitrust compliance reasons, it is important that The United Family team members continue to maintain the confidentiality of pricing, data and the details of business relationships, and not share those details with Kroger team members. With mergers like this, comes a lot of attention and questions. With that in mind, we suggest that you refrain from posting anything or commenting in public forums about the merger from your personal social media. Any questions from reporters should be referred to Nancy Sharp firstname.lastname@example.org, or Joey Marcades, email@example.com.
See the entire press release here.
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About The United Family®
In its 106th year of operation, United Supermarkets, LLC – d.b.a. The United Family ® – is a Texas-based grocery chain with stores in 54 communities in Texas and New Mexico. A self-distributing company with headquarters and distribution centers in Lubbock, The United Family currently operates 96 stores under five unique banners: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express, along with ancillary operations R.C. Taylor Distributing, USM Manufacturing, United Food and Beverage Services and Llano Logistics. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertsons Companies, Inc For more information, please visit www.theunitedfamily.com.