How Kroger’s merger with Albertsons will affect people in Colorado

Photo by Alexis Kenyon/KGNU Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Lina Khan and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser did very little talking and a lot of listening during Tuesday’s town hall on a proposed Kroger/Albertsons Merger

 

The proposed merger between the country’s two largest grocery chains drew a packed house in Denver on Wednesday. US Federal Trade Commission chairperson Lina Khan joined Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and members of the public for what was billed as “a community listening session.”

The topic: Should grocery giant Kroger be allowed to buy its biggest competitor Albertsons? Kroger owns King Soopers. Albertson’s owns Safeway. If approved, the close to $25 billion deal would make Kroger the owner of all Colorado King Soopers, City Market, Albertsons, and Safeway stores by early 2024. Kroger would then own around 44 percent of the entire grocery store market in Colorado.

KGNU’s Alexis Kenyon attended the listening session and shares the story.

 

Photo by Alexis Kenyon/KGNU
Photo by Alexis Kenyon/KGNU

Photo by Alexis Kenyon/KGNU
Alexis Kenyon

Alexis Kenyon

Alexis Kenyon is an experienced radio reporter with more than 15 years of experience creating compelling, sound-rich radio stories for news outlets across the country. Kenyon has master's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism in radio broadcast and photojournalism. She has worked in KGNU's news department since 2021 as a reporter, editor, and daily news producer. In all her work, she strives to produce thought-provoking, trustworthy journalism that makes other people's stories feel personal. In addition to audio production, Kenyon runs KGNU's news internship program and oversees the department's digital engagement.
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