Jim Perkins, who currently holds the position of Albertsons executive vice president of retail operations and special projects as well as president of its Acme stores division, is now adding president of Safeway Eastern division to his title, according to Supermarket News.

This now puts Perkins in charge of nearly 300 east coast stores under the Acme (176 units) and Safeway (120) banners.

Acme stores are located in the six-state area spanning Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, while Safeway stores are in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

It’s been almost three years since Albertsons and Safeway combined forces in a $9.2 billion deal in what some analysts projected could form another national grocery chain capable of competing with the likes of Walmart and Kroger.

This management changeover could present a good time to consider consolidating east coast operations.

One challenge is that Safeway is supplied by C Wholesale Grocers while Acme self-distributes.

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