When Safeway unveiled its agreement in March to be acquired by Cerberus Capital Management — the parent of the Albertsons chain and other banners — the companies said there were no planned store closures as a result of the deal.
Almost certainly, however, there will be divestitures forced upon the companies by federal and perhaps local antitrust authorities.
The chains’ overlap is significant in some markets, especially Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and Dallas
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