PLEASANTON, Calif. -- The combination of Safeway here and Vons Cos., Arcadia, Calif., would make Safeway the second-largest chain in the United States, with volume of approximately $22.6 billion. 1 Kroger Co., Cincinnati, whose 1996 volume is expected to be about $25 billion. Currently, Safeway's volume for 1996 is estimated to be $17.2 billion at 1,052 stores, while Vons' volume is estimated at $5.4 billion at 325 stores. The merger agreement calls for Safeway to exchange 1.425 shares of ...

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