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COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 18, 2008 - The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has been informed that associates who are members of United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1059 in Columbus, Ohio have ratified a new labor agreement with the Company.

“This agreement maintains quality jobs and affordable health care for our associates and their families and keeps Kroger competitive,” said Bruce Macaulay, president of Kroger’s Columbus division. “Our associates focused on providing great service to our customers during this process and we appreciate their efforts.”

The new agreement covers more than 11,000 Kroger associates who work in 87 stores in and around Columbus.

Kroger, one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains, is honored to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2008. The Company’s more than 320,000 associates serve customers in 2,474 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, Dillons, QFC and City Market. Kroger associates also serve customers in 778 convenience stores, 392 fine jewelry stores and 723 supermarket fuel centers the Company operates. The Company also operates 41 food processing plants in the U.S. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about the Company, please visit our web site at


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