Chuck Roskovich might be entering unfamiliar territory, but he certainly knows the Publix playbook.
With nearly 40 years of experience at Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets — starting as a store-level employee in 1975 — Roskovich is spearheading the company’s expansion into the Charlotte, N.C., market.
Named VP of the company’s nascent Charlotte division in late 2012, he recently was on hand for the company’s first North Carolina opening, in the Charlotte suburb of Ballantyne.
A spate of expansion announcements from some regional supermarket operators reflects fresh opportunities for growth among some of the nation’s strongest traditional chains — and promises to shake up some markets for years to come.
Although Safeway and Albertsons said no store closures were planned as a result of the pending merger of the two companies, it is possible that some stores could be divested to meet Federal Trade Commission antitrust requirements.
Safeway and Albertsons said Thursday that they have agreed to a merger in which AB Acquistion, the parent of Albertsons, will acquire Safeway for a total value to Safeway shareholders of $40 per share, or $9 billion.
Kroger Co., in its last quarterly earnings call that will not include results from the purchase of Harris Teeter, declined to comment on reports that it is exploring a bid to acquire all or part of Safeway.