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The Commission has received an application for approval of a proposed transaction from the following: Unified Western Grocers, Inc. (Unified). The application concerns the June 1999 FTC consent order regarding the merger of Albertson's, Inc. and American Stores Company, which required the divestiture of 144 supermarkets nationwide. Pursuant to Paragraph VI B. of the order, Unified, formerly Certified Grocers of California, Ltd., has applied for FTC approval to sell SavMax Store No. 310, located at 29530 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, and SavMax Store No. 312, located at 430 McKinley Street, Corona, California, to The Vons Companies, Inc. and PCF CAPTEC Solano Mall, LLC, respectively. These stores had been previously divested to United, and were subsequently opened as SaveMax stores.

The Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed transactions. Comments should be submitted by October 19, 2000 to: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. Unified has, however, requested that the comment period either be shortened or eliminated. Accordingly, if the Commission approves this request, the date until which public comments are accepted may change. (FTC File No. 981-0339; staff contact is Daniel P. Ducore, 202-326-2526; see press release dated June 22, 1999.)

Appointment of trustee and approval of trust agreements:

The Commission has voted to appoint a trustee and approve trust agreements in the following matter: BP Amoco p.l.c., et al. Through this action, Peter Denn will become the Alaska Asset Maintenance Trustee and Cushing Asset Maintenance Trustee, as provided by the consent orders in this matter. Further, the trust agreements between Peter Denn and BP Amoco are approved and the trustee shall have the power and authority to monitor the parties' compliance with their obligations under the agreement. Denn is a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP. The Commission vote to appoint the trustee and approve the trust agreements was 5-0. (FTC Docket No. C-3938; staff contact is Daniel P. Ducore, 202-326-2526; see press release dated April 13, 2000.)

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC's Web site at and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; toll free: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357); TDD for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. To find out the latest news as it is announced, call the FTC NewsPhone recording at 202-326-2710.

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