Kroger and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000 in Dallas Reach Tentative Agreement

May 13, 2010, 09:30 ET from The Kroger Co.

DALLAS, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kroger Texas L.P., an affiliate of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), and United Food and Commercial Workers (U.F.C.W.) Local 1000 have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, the company and the union said today.

The tentative agreement covers over 8,000 Kroger associates who work in 87 stores in and around Dallas for Kroger Texas L.P. ("Kroger Southwest").  The union plans to call membership meetings to vote on the new contract on May 23 and 24.

"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 Bill Breetz, President of Kroger Southwest.  "We look forward to continuing to provide quality jobs for our associates and a great shopping experience for our customers."

"This is a good agreement and continues to provide our members with one of the best compensation packages in our industry, in our region," said Ricky Burris, President, U.F.C.W. Local 1000.  

Kroger Southwest is headquartered in Houston, Texas and is one of the largest retail grocery chains in the region with 209 stores serving customers in Texas and Louisiana.  

Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer, employs more than 334,000 associates who serve customers in 2,468 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The Company also operates 777 convenience stores, 374 fine jewelry stores, 893 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food processing plants in the U.S. Kroger, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit

SOURCE The Kroger Co.