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US-based grocery retailer Kroger has acquired equity of New York-based Murray's Cheese, as well as its flagship location on Bleecker Street.

This deal will see the merger of the two companies.

Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Established in 1940, Murray offers a collection of cheese, meat and speciality food items.

Kroger chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen said: “For cheese lovers and connoisseurs, it doesn't get more authentic than Murray's."

"We wanted to figure out how to bring the finest cheese and charcuterie to more people."

Kroger and Murray’s Cheese entered into a partnership in 2008 under which Murray's has been delivering foods and cheese to Kroger stores.

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Kroger culinary development and deli/bakery merchandising vice-president Daniel Hammer said: “When the Kroger and Murray's relationship started in 2008, we wanted to figure out how to bring the finest cheese and charcuterie to more people.

“Today, we have more than 350 Murray's Cheese shops in Kroger locations from coast to coast, and that is thanks to the incredible passion and commitment of the team at Murray's to empower associates to share their love of cheese with customers.

“We look forward to learning from the very talented team at Murray's and working together to grow the business and build the iconic Murray's brand."

Murray's former owner and president Rob Kaufelt will continue to be affiliated with the business as a strategic adviser.

Nick Tranchina will continue to lead the Murray's Cheese team in New York and will report to Daniel Hammer at Kroger.

Kroger has more than 2,500 retail food stores under several local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

Kroger and its units also operate ClickList offering, as well as 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewellery stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centres and 38 food production plants in the US.