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Kroger Texas L.P. (Kroger Southwest), a Houston-based affiliate of The Kroger Co., and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1000 in Dallas came to a tentative agreement on a new contract yesterday, according to both parties.
The tentative pact covers over 8,000 Kroger associates at 87 stores in and around Dallas. UFCW Local 1000 will hold meetings at which its members can vote on the new contract on May 23 and May 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 Kroger Southwest president Bill Breetz. “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,” added UFCW Local 1000 president Ricky Burris.
Kroger Southwest is one of the largest retail grocery chains in the region, with 209 stores in Texas and Louisiana. Its Cincinnati-based parent company employs more than 334,000 associates 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 United States.