ALBERTSON'S DEAL FUELS REGIONAL OPERATORS

The merger of Albertson's and American Stores Co. is creating a new landscape in California and the Southwest, as several regional chains and independents reap the benefits of acquiring stores divested in the mega-deal.The 145 stores that Boise, Idaho-based Albertson's was ordered to sell are being divided up among five California companies, which are now contemplating the possibilities for the windfall

The merger of Albertson's and American Stores Co. is creating a new landscape in California and the Southwest, as several regional chains and independents reap the benefits of acquiring stores divested in the mega-deal.

The 145 stores that Boise, Idaho-based Albertson's was ordered to sell are being divided up among five California companies, which are now contemplating the possibilities for the windfall each has received.

Among the anticipated benefits:

In Southern

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