Smith's and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1564 Ratify Agreement in New Mexico

Oct 19, 2010, 09:38 ET from The Kroger Co.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Associates of the New Mexico District of Smith's Food & Drug Centers, Inc., an affiliate of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), have ratified an agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1564.  

The agreement covers 2,000 associates in New Mexico, working in 26 stores and 11 fuel centers. Stores are located in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other cities and towns throughout the state.

"We thank our associates for their service to our customers during this process and every day," said James Hallsey, President of Smith's. "This agreement provides our associates one of the best total compensation packages in our industry. It includes good wages, high-quality affordable health care and a pension when they retire."

"We look forward to continuing to provide quality jobs for our associates and a great shopping experience for our customers in New Mexico," Hallsey said.  

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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 784 convenience stores, 372 fine jewelry stores, 932 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

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