The Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act on Jan. 17, a closing condition on the pending merger, according to a news release.
The decision comes almost six months after the definitive merger agreement was announced. Harris Teeter shareholders later approved the $2.5 billion buyout in October.
Kroger plans to maintain the banner and locally-based management for Harris Teeter’s more than 200 stores. With the deal complete, Kroger will operate more than 2,600 stores in the U.S., with more than 360,000 employees.