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The proposed 91 Safeway and Albertson stores to be divested in Colorado is the third most of any state.

DENVER — Nearly one hundred supermarket grocery stores in Colorado have been identified by Kroger to be sold if a proposed merger is approved.

Kroger has identified 89 Safeway grocery stores and two Albertsons that would be divested in Colorado.

Kroger has proposed divesting 579 of its supermarkets across the country in an effort to ease concerns regulators have that a proposed $25-billon merger of Kroger and Albertsons would give the company too large of a share of the grocery business, hurting consumers and its employees.

The proposed 91 stores to be divested in Colorado are the third most of any state. Kroger has proposed the sale of 124 in Washington state and 101 supermarkets in Arizona.

The 91 supermarkets in Colorado would be sold or transferred to C&S Wholesale Grocers if Kroger’s proposed merger with Albertsons is approved.

Colorado Safeway stores that could be sold

  • Safeway — 1301 Main St, Alamosa
  • Safeway — 7561 W 80th Ave, Arvada
  • Safeway — 12200 E Mississippi Ave, Aurora
  • Safeway — 18730 E Hampden Ave, Aurora
  • Safeway — 1677 S Havana St, Aurora
  • Safeway — 1200 S Buckley Rd, Aurora
  • Safeway — 6100 S Gun Club Rd, Aurora
  • Safeway — 3325 28th St, Boulder
  • Safeway — 2798 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder 
  • Safeway — 4800 E Baseline Rd, Boulder 
  • Safeway — 1605 Bridge St, Brighton 
  • Safeway — 3602 W 144th Ave, Broomfield 
  • Safeway — 1414 Main St, Canon City
  • Safeway — 880 S Perry St, Castle Rock 
  • Safeway — 7375 Arapahoe Rd, Centennial 
  • Safeway — 3275 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 2890 N Powers Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 6520 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 1425 S Murray Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 1920 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 840 Village Center Dr, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 7055 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 2210 Wahsatch, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 5060 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 8750 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 4405 Centennial Blvd, Colorado Springs
  • Safeway — 27152 Main St, Conifer
  • Safeway — 1580 E Main St, Cortez
  • Safeway — 1550 Hwy 92, Delta
  • Safeway — 1653 S Colorado Blvd, Denver
  • Safeway — 2660 N Federal Blvd, Denver
  • Safeway — 6440 E Yale Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 2150 S Downing St, Denver
  • Safeway — 560 Corona St, Denver
  • Safeway — 757 E 20th Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 3800 W 44th Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 6220 E 14th Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 9160 W Colfax Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 200 Quebec St Bldg 400, Denver
  • Safeway — 323 S Broadway, Denver
  • Safeway — 10300 Federal Blvd, Denver
  • Safeway — 771 Thornton Pkwy, Denver
  • Safeway — 500 E 120th Ave, Denver
  • Safeway — 220 S Elizabeth St, Elizabeth
  • Safeway — 201 E Jefferson, Englewood
  • Safeway — 3333 Arapahoe Rd B, Erie
  • Safeway — 3851 Hwy 74 S, Evergreen
  • Safeway — 8134 Colorado Blvd, Firestone
  • Safeway — 1426 E Harmony Rd, Fort Collins
  • Safeway — 2160 W Drake Rd Unit 6, Fort Collins
  • Safeway — 3660 S Mason St, Fort Collins
  • Safeway — 731 S Lemay Ave, Fort Collins
  • Safeway — 1300 Dexter St, Fort Lupton
  • Safeway — 40 County Rd 804, Fraser
  • Safeway — 1008 N Summit Blvd, Frisco
  • Safeway — 1701 Jackson St, Golden
  • Safeway — 2901 F Rd, Grand Junction
  • Safeway — 681 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction
  • Safeway — 2512 Broadway, Grand Junction
  • Safeway — 4548 Centerplace Dr, Greeley
  • Safeway — 3526 W 10th St, Greeley
  • Safeway — 112 S Spruce St, Gunnison
  • Safeway — 9255 S Broadway, Highlands Ranch
  • Safeway — 2425 Miner St, Idaho Springs
  • Safeway — 11088 W Jewell, Lakewood
  • Safeway — 13111 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood
  • Safeway — 12442 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton
  • Safeway — 5025 S Kipling Pkwy, Littleton
  • Safeway — 8355 N Rampart Range Rd, Littleton
  • Safeway — 181 W Mineral Ave, Littleton
  • Safeway — 8434 S Kipling Pkwy, Littleton
  • Safeway — 9229 E Lincoln Ave, Lone Tree
  • Safeway — 1050 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont
  • Safeway — 1632 Hover St, Longmont
  • Safeway — 1601 Coalton Rd, Louisville
  • Safeway — 910 W Cherry St, Louisville
  • Safeway — 860 Cleveland Ave, Loveland
  • Safeway — 1451 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland
  • Safeway — 2321 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland
  • Safeway — 1329 S Townsend Ave, Montrose
  • Safeway — 624 Hwy 105, Monument
  • Safeway — 11051 S Parker Rd, Parker
  • Safeway — 1231 S Prairie Ave, Pueblo
  • Safeway — 37500 E US Hwy 40, Steamboat Springs
  • Safeway — 3840 E 104th Ave, Thornton
  • Safeway — 2131 N Frontage Rd W, Vail
  • Safeway — 3900 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge
  • Safeway — 1535 Main St, Windsor
  • Safeway — 1101 E US Hwy 24, Woodland Park

Colorado Albertsons stores that could be sold

  • Albertsons — 311 W College Dr, Durango
  • Albertsons — 1601 Hwy 50 W, Pueblo

In February, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court to block the proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger.

Weiser said the merger would violate head-to-head competition between the two grocery chains, consolidating an already heavily concentrated market.

“Coloradans are concerned about undue consolidation and its harmful impacts on consumers, workers and suppliers,” Weiser said. “After 19 town halls across the state, I am convinced that Coloradans think this merger between the two supermarket chains would lead to stores closing, higher prices, fewer jobs, worse customer service and less resilient supply chains.”

Kroger and Albertsons compete head-to-head in several ways, according to Weiser. The companies monitor each other closely on price and adjust their prices based on what the other is doing, the attorney general said.

The two chains also compete to offer the best prices on local products to draw customers into their stores, Weiser said. Both Kroger and Albertsons sell Palisade peaches on promotion, sometimes at a loss, to generate store traffic. This benefits Palisade peach farmers because they can be assured of a fair price and avenues to sell their crops and it benefits customers because they are able to get a local product at a low price, Weiser said.

Kroger operates 148 King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado. Albertsons operates 105 Safeway and Albertsons locations in the state, according to the attorney general.

In urban areas, where consumers shop close to home, the merger would create significant market power to raise prices and reduce quality and services, Weiser said.

He said the effects would be felt in other areas of the state as well. City Market and Safeway are the only two grocery stores in Gunnison. The merger would make Kroger the only option in the area and force residents to travel 65 miles to reach a non-Kroger option.

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