CRA economics consultants advised on the $9 billion merger of Albertsons and Safeway supermarkets. The two retailers operate across the US under various banners. Legal and economic submissions to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) included detailed market-by-market analyses and competitive entry studies to persuade the FTC to limit the number of store divestitures. The largest overlapping markets were in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Portland, Oregon, Phoenix and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
To secure FTC clearance for the merger, the parties sold 168 stores across eight states to four buyers. The combined entity will have approximately 2,400 retail stores and 250,000 employees.