The concept of the “Big Three” may be history. For the last seven years, the industry has talked about the Big Three national operators — Kroger, Safeway and, following its 2006 acquisition of Albertsons, Supervalu. Kroger is still going strong — No. 2 on SN’s Top 75 list, second only to Walmart, and the largest conventional retailer in North America — and it’s on the verge of topping the $100 billion mark when it completes its acquisition early this ...

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