Brian Albrecht on the Merger of Kroger and Albertsons

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Anchorage Daily News – ICLE Chief Economist Brian Albrecht was quoted in a story in the Anchorage Daily News about unions’ opposition to Kroger and Albertsons’ proposal to merge. You can read full piece here.

Brian Albrecht, an economist with the International Center for Law and Economics, a think tank in Portland, Oregon, said the two chains face anti-competition concerns primarily in some areas of the western U.S., but not across most of the U.S. where their brands’ operations do not overlap.

He said regulators will be looking closely at individual markets such as the one in Alaska and can make sure the deal addresses antitrust issues, worker concerns and the state’s unique logistical challenges.