Kroger/Albertsons Merger Update

As you are aware, Kroger, the parent company of Mariano’s, has been working toward a merger with Albertsons, the parent company of Jewel-Osco.

The initial proposals and plans presented to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last year were rejected. The companies have announced a NEW PROPOSAL for review which includes more detailed information about their strategy.

To be clear, a proposal is NOT A DONE DEAL. The FTC will scrutinize the proposal and have the authority to approve or reject.  The companies can announce whatever they like, but the FTC has the final say so! A national merger on this scale is extremely complicated and the review process is lengthy. The companies cannot move forward with any actions until the FTC rules.

The latest merger proposal includes divestiture of 31 Mariano’s stores and 4 Jewel-Osco stores to C&S Wholesale Grocers. 13 Mariano’s stores will be retained by Kroger. See the list of impacted stores below.

Proposed Jewel-Osco Stores to be acquired by CNS
Store #Address
02241537 N Larkin, Joliet, IL 60435
305312803 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights, IL 60463
309812001 S. Pulaski, Alsip, IL 60803
318187 W 87th Street, Chicago, IL 60620
Proposed Mariano's Stores to be acquired by CNS
Store #Address
501802 East Northwest Highway Arlington Heights, IL 60004
5021720 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, IL 60061
5043350 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
505545 N. Hicks Road, Palatine, IL 60067
5075353 N Elston, Chicago, IL 60630
50921001 S Lagrange Rd, Frankfort, IL 60423
511678 N. York Street Elmhurst, IL 60126
513625 S Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187
5141350 East Route 22, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
5151800 West Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
51711000 S Cicero Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
5225201 N Sheridan Rd Chicago, IL 60640
5236655 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031
5241822 Willow Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
5251900 S Cumberland Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068
526950 Brook Forest Avenue, Shorewood, IL 60404
5283020 Wolf Rd, Westchester, IL 60154
5294700 Gilbert Ave., Western Springs, IL 60558
5313358 W Touhy Avenue, Skokie, IL 60076
533784 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL 60062
5341500 N. Clybourn Ave. #C104, Chicago, IL 60610
5359504 142Nd Street, Orland Park, IL 60462
536150 W. 63Rd St., Westmont, IL 60559
5371300 S. Naper Blvd. Naperville, IL 60540
5383030 N. Broadway Suite 100 Chicago, IL 60657
5393857 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Chicago, IL 60653
540144 S. Gary Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108
54110 E Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
5422999 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, IL 60015
543345 W. Roosevelt Ave. Lombard, IL 60148
544105 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Proposed Mariano's Stores to be retained by Kroger
Store #Address
503333 E. Benton Pl Chicago, IL 
506 2575 Golf Rd Hoffman Estates IL 60169
508 40 S Halsted Chicago 60661
5107401 W. Lawrence Ave. Harwood Heights IL 60706
512 1615 S Clark Chicago IL  60616
516 2112 W. Ashland Chicago, IL  60614
518 25 Waukegan Rd.Glenview, IL  60025
519 3025 E. New York St. Aurora IL  60504
520 3145 So. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL  60608
521 450 Half Day Rd. Buffalo Grove IL  60089
527 2021 W. Chicago Ave  Chicago, IL  60622
530 2559 W. 95th St.  Evergreen Park, IL  60805
532 2323 Capital Dr. Northbrook, IL  60062

The merger proposal also includes language that would protect existing Local 881 collective bargaining agreements. This includes wages, benefits, and health and welfare.

As we wait for the FTC’s ruling, Local 881 is actively monitoring this situation. Until the approval is granted, there will not be specific answers to all potential member concerns. Please know, Local 881’s chief mission, from the moment this merger was announced, has been to protect the members of Local 881 and their families.

Now more than ever, we need to stand together!

If you have questions on the merger or any other concern, please call your Union Representative at 847-294-5064. It is Local 881’s privilege to be at your service.