KROGER FACES HURDLES AS IT CONSOLIDATES FRED MEYER

CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here is facing challenges around the country as it moves forward in its efforts to consolidate its operations with that of Fred Meyer Inc., Portland, Ore., the 900-store chain Kroger acquired in May.The challenges run the gamut from transferring more than 100 executive positions -- most but not all from Fred Meyer headquarters in Portland -- to Kroger headquarters here, to

CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here is facing challenges around the country as it moves forward in its efforts to consolidate its operations with that of Fred Meyer Inc., Portland, Ore., the 900-store chain Kroger acquired in May.

The challenges run the gamut from transferring more than 100 executive positions -- most but not all from Fred Meyer headquarters in Portland -- to Kroger headquarters here, to dealing with protests by an International Brotherhood of Teamsters local in Arizona ove

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