The Federal Trade Commission on Monday sued to block the merger of two giant supermarket chains — Kroger and Albertsons Companies Inc. And Maryland's top law official joined the fight to stop the retailers from combining.

Attorney General Anthony Brown said his office is part of the lawsuit that also joins attorneys general from California, Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

Kroger and Albertsons are the two largest national supermarket chains. Together, the companies employ about 710,000 people nationwide and thousands of people across more than 80 stores in Maryland, Brown's office said.

“Americans spend more of their income on food than they have in decades. As Attorney General, I will not hesitate legal action to ensure Maryland families have access to affordable prices, a wide selection, and high-quality groceries,” Brown said. “I will also aggressively challenge anticompetitive corporate deals to ensure all Marylanders have the benefits of more, not less competition, in the marketplace.”... Read More: Pikesville Patch