Kroger (KR) and Harris Teeter (HTSI) announced that the FTC granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, or HSR, with respect to the pending merger transaction between the two companies. The early termination of the HSR waiting period satisfies one of the conditions to the closing of the pending merger, which remains subject to other customary closing conditions. Both companies expect the transaction to be completed before the end of January. On July 9, 2013, Kroger and Harris Teeter announced a definitive merger agreement, which was approved by the boards of both companies. On October 3, 2013, Harris Teeter shareholders overwhelmingly approved of the merger agreement. At the closing of the merger, Harris Teeter shareholders will receive $49.38 in cash for each share of Harris Teeter common stock they own.