Safeway was the second-largest grocer in Greater Baltimore with 14.7 percent market share as of March 2013, reports the Baltimore Business Journal. Kroger in January completed a $2.5 billion acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.
Whether Kroger, with no presence yet in Maryland, ends up with a chunk of Safeway remains to be seen. The Wall Street Journal says the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, which also owns Albertsons, has a Safeway buyout in the works.
Cerberus is still seen as the likely buyer for Safeway due in part to the antitrust issues involved with a Kroger combination, the newspaper reports.
But those antitrust concerns might be lessened as Walmart and Target join in the grocery business.