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The United Family to be Acquired by Albertson's

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The United Family, operator of United Express convenience stores and United Supermarkets, has agreed to be acquired by Albertson’s LLC, which currently operates more than 600 locations in 16 states. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Once the deal is finalized, United will operate as an independent business unit under Albertson’s corporate structure. Robert Taylor, United’s CEO, will continue to lead the company as president of the United subsidiary, reporting directly to Bob Miller, CEO of Albertson’s.

United has been family-owned since its founding in 1916. The company currently operates 50 traditional, specialty and Hispanic grocery stores under its United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos banners, and seven convenience stores and 26 fuel centers under its United Express banner. It also operates two divisions, R.C. Taylor Distributing and Praters, and one wholly owned subsidiary, Llano Logistics, which operates the company’s two distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke, Texas.

"We are grateful for and humbled by the 97 years we have had to be a part of United's mission of service. With this ownership transition, we see a chance for United’s impact and legacy to grow for decades to come," stated United Co-President and ownership family member Matt Bumstead.

"With the strength and stability they [Albertson’s] have to offer our team members, we believe that this new ownership, working with our world-class team, can take United’s vision and mission to places and levels previously beyond our reach," he continued. "Our deepest thanks go out to all who have supported United and our family throughout the years. We believe United’s best days are all ahead."

Taylor agreed that joining the Albertson’s family will provide United with tremendous opportunities to invest in its stores and grow. He said United will continue to make decisions locally, consistent with Albertson’s decentralized structure, and faithfully maintain its unwavering commitment to its Texas communities, guests and team members. "It affords a real growth opportunity for our team members, all of our retail banners, our support units and our distribution centers," Taylor added.

The transaction is expected to be final by the end of October, subject to government approvals.

Albertson's is an Idaho-based company with a rich history extending back to 1939.

"Over the past 97 years, the United family and leadership team have done a tremendous job in establishing and perpetuating a remarkable culture of service and commitment to fresh, quality foods throughout their stores. Their commitment to community is unparalleled. Our team feels there is an exceptional opportunity to invest in and grow their brands," Miller concluded.

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