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Verbatim: Kroger, union have tentative agreement

Statement issued Friday by Kroger:

FORT WAYNE, IN – May 13, 2011 – Kroger’s Central Division, an affiliate of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), announced today that a tentative agreement for a new contract has been reached with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 700.

The tentative agreement covers approximately 2,400 associates working in Kroger, Scott’s and Owens stores in Northeast Indiana. The union plans to vote on the new contract on May 19.

“The company and the union worked together to reach an agreement that is good for our associates, good for our customers and good for our company,” said Bob Moeder, President, Kroger Central Division. “We look forward to continuing to provide quality jobs for our associates and a great shopping experience for our customers.”

“This agreement continues to provide our associates one of the best compensation packages in our industry, in our region,” said Moeder. “With this agreement, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to our associates and the communities we serve.”

Scott’s Food and Pharmacy joined the Kroger family of stores in 2007. The Kroger Central Division is headquartered in Indianapolis. It includes 147 food stores, 122 pharmacies and 64 fuel centers operating under five banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s, Hilander and Pay Less.

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