The remaining operations of supermarket chain Franklins got sold off to Metcash in July last year, but the buyout was delayed due to objections from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Those objections have been dismissed by the Federal Court, which means the remaining 90+ Franklins stores in NSW and the ACT will be sold off to independent retailers and operated under the IGA brand.
How much of a difference that makes to choice at the shopper level will depend on locations. My nearest Franklins is a lot closer than my nearest IGA, so my effective range of choice doesn't change much. Is the change going to impact your shopping habits, whether positively or negatively? Tell us in the comments.