Safeway-Albertson Merger Continues

Aug. 12, 2014
$9 billion deal approved by Safeway shareholders.

Shareholders of grocer Safeway Inc. in late July approved a merger with rival grocer Albertsons, which is owned by private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management and other investors.

The deal first announced in March, is worth $9 billion. If all government approvals come through, the merger would create a food retailer with more than 2,400 stores and 250,000 employees nationwide.

Shareholders at Safeway's annual meeting also rejected a proposal to label products containing genetically-engineered ingredients, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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