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Safeway announced to employees this morning its intention to combine its Portland and Seattle divisions into a single, newly named Pacific Northwest division, a move made because the company believes that "the close geographic proximity and natural overlap of both operations should allow for significant economies of scale in a highly competitive environment," according to a company memo.

Steve Frisby, who has been serving as president of both divisions, will continue as president of the new combined entity.

In the memo, it says that "there have been a small number of positions eliminated as a result of the consolidation. The individuals involved were informed today. Safeway is actively assisting them in their transition. Both the Portland and Seattle offices will remain open to support our regional operations."
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