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The Kroger Co. announced that it has agreed to purchase six Illinois stores from Eagle Food Centers, which currently is operating under bankruptcy protection.

The stores average 41,000 square feet in size, and will become part of Kroger's Central division, which currently operates 142 stores in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and Michigan.

"These markets offer important growth opportunities for Kroger and added convenience for our customers, who can expect to see great prices, wider variety and many improved services," said Lisa Holsclaw, president of Kroger's Central division. "Kroger plans to interview Eagle employees and looks forward to their help in serving our new customers."
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