Associated Independents Support Albertsons Buy

Associated Food Stores will vault to the top of the market-share rankings in Salt Lake City with the acquisition of 36 Albertsons stores from Minneapolis-based Supervalu. But the addition of the stores is a mixed blessing for independent retail members of the wholesale cooperative, who stand to benefit from the increased volumes the deal will bring through the warehouse but also will suddenly find

SALT LAKE CITY — Associated Food Stores will vault to the top of the market-share rankings here with the acquisition of 36 Albertsons stores from Minneapolis-based Supervalu.

But the addition of the stores is a mixed blessing for independent retail members of the wholesale cooperative, who stand to benefit from the increased volumes the deal will bring through the warehouse but also will suddenly find themselves competing against their own supplier.

“For me it's almost

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