CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here can expect pretty smooth sailing following its merger in May with Portland, Ore.-based Fred Meyer Inc., observers told SN. The merger, which was disclosed last October and completed in May, combines Kroger's strength in the Midwest and Southeast with Fred Meyer's expanded presence in the West. Coming just a couple of months after Albertson's disclosed its plans to merge with American Stores Co., Salt Lake City, the Kroger-Fred Meyer merger enabled Kroger to ...

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