PLEASANTON, Calif. -- The merger of Vons Cos., Arcadia, Calif., into Safeway here is expected to be completed tomorrow when Vons shareholders vote at a special meeting. Consummation of the deal would make Safeway the No. 2 U.S. supermarket operator and open a new chapter in southern California retailing with synergistic opportunities for the merged entity, observers said. Once Vons shareholders have completed their vote, legal documents would be signed to complete the transaction, with ...

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