BOISE, Idaho -- Western retailers are positioning themselves to acquire stores that Albertson's would be required to divest once its merger with American Stores Co., Salt Lake City, is complete, industry sources told SN. Albertson's here said last week it expects to close the deal before June 30. "We are still working through the regulatory process," Gary E. Michael, chairman and chief executive officer, said in disclosing financial results for the first quarter ended April 29. The ...

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