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January 6, 1986
About 185 Teamsters Union workers employed at an Alpha Beta warehouse in Fullerton will begin returning to work after the successful close of tense negotiations to keep the warehouse open, Alpha Beta officials announced today.
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July 10, 2003 | Michelle Maltais, Times Staff Writer
I'll admit I am the type of gal who leans more toward guys who sport calluses on their hands than those who slather lotion on them. And I cringe at the image of my guy sitting next to me at the salon, both of us with relaxer in our hair and avocado mask on our faces. But somewhere between the foppish "metrosexual" and the disheveled brooder is today's invisible man -- the nice guy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1990
Our son's Army reserve unit has been activated due to the Desert Shield operation. His employer, Alpha Beta, has informed him that while he is serving on active duty, which should last six months, they will pay him the difference between his military pay and what he would have received from the company for a period of up to six months. I have thanked them for him and wanted your readers to know how great Alpha Beta is treating their employees who have been activated and their commitment to our country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2000 | Judy Silber, (714) 966-5988
The Planning Commission last week approved a new supermarket for the northwestern corner of Lincoln and Knott avenues. A vacant Alpha Beta occupies the corner. La Rioja, a Latino supermarket, will take over the building.
NEWS
November 19, 1985 | From United Press International
Alpha Beta supermarket officials pulled products off store shelves today in response to threats of food contamination and the discovery of syringes at five suburban markets. Roasts, oranges and cheeses--the products listed for insecticide contamination in an anonymous letter received Monday by several news organizations--were being removed from shelves at all 42 Alpha Beta stores in Southern California as a precaution, Senior Vice President Bill Wade said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1985
Brea police are investigating the second shooting in two days at Alpha Beta supermarket delivery trucks on the Orange Freeway near Lambert Road, police said. About 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, a small-caliber bullet lodged in the windshield center post of an Alpha Beta truck traveling north on the freeway, said Lt. Jim Winder. The driver was not injured, he said. About 7:40 p.m.
NEWS
December 6, 1992 | JAKE DOHERTY
Plans to build an Alpha Beta supermarket on a vacant lot at Adams Boulevard and Vermont Avenue are moving ahead, a supermarket official assured a crowd of more than 100 last week at a rally across from the site. "We want it to happen as fast as it can happen," said Pat Barber, vice president of real estate for Food 4 Less, which owns the Alpha Beta chain. "I believe all the major obstacles have been removed."
NEWS
September 12, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a deal that would create Southern California's largest supermarket chain and remove familiar names from the local grocery scene, Ralphs Grocery Co. and the owner of Alpha Beta stores are expected to announce a $2.5-billion merger on Tuesday, The Times has learned. The deal between Ralphs Grocery Co. and Yucaipa Cos.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alphy, Alpha Beta's long-retired corporate mascot, hasn't had much to smile about lately. During the 1960s and 1970s, from his perch atop Alpha Beta signs throughout Southern California, the impish cowboy character looked down upon a strong, growing chain with more than 300 stores and thousands of satisfied customers. "Alpha Beta, unlike most of its competitors, was born and grew up in the suburbs," said La Habra resident Esther R.
BUSINESS
October 31, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American Stores, unsuccessful in its initial attempts to sell its Alpha Beta supermarkets, said Tuesday that it plans to make a significant investment in the Southern California chain to help attract a buyer. The company said Alpha Beta is still up for sale, but industry observers speculated that American Stores is putting that effort on a back burner in hopes that the chain will fetch a better price later. Under an antitrust settlement reached in May with California Atty. Gen. John K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2000 | David Ryan, (714) 520-2511
City officials are keeping tabs on the Brea West Center, a troubled strip mall that has operated for years at Central Avenue and Puente Street without a major tenant to draw customers. Property managers for the center said two grocery store chains are interested in the vacant store, which was abandoned by Ralphs Grocery Co. in 1997 after the chain bought out Alpha Beta, the space's former tenant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1999 | Elise Gee, (949) 574-4275
Staples will open a superstore in the old Alpha Beta building at 241 E. 17th St., property owner Burnham USA Equities Inc. announced this week. Renovations will begin shortly, and the store is expected to open in January. The 25,500-square-foot store will employ 40 people and stock more than 7,600 brand-name office products.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury deliberated less than 90 minutes before finding a former Los Angeles sheriff's deputy guilty Friday of a 1994 crime spree that ended with the murder of a Yorba Linda supermarket manager. Jurors will return to court Wednesday to decide if Stephen Moreland Redd, a fugitive for eight months before his arrest last year, should be sentenced to death for fatally shooting 35-year-old Timothy Eugene McVeigh during a robbery at an Alpha Beta store.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1996 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Performing more strongly than industry analysts expected, Ralphs Grocery Co. on Friday said it was able to keep its losses to $283 million after incurring merger-related costs in its first fiscal-year report since combining with the operator of Alpha Beta stores. Ralphs, which became the largest supermarket operator in the Southland after the merger in June, lost $105 million during its fourth quarter ended Jan.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ralphs Loses $125.7 Million in Quarter: Ralphs Grocery Co. reported a $125.7-million second-quarter loss as it wrote off the huge restructuring costs associated with its merger with the owners of Alpha Beta and other supermarket chains. Most of the loss reflects the refinancing debt, the closing of stores and merging of operations, and the remodeling of about 80 stores, Ralphs spokesman Jan Charles Gray said.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1995 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralphs Grocery Co. on Friday reported a $125.7-million second-quarter loss as it wrote off the huge restructuring costs associated with its merger with the owners of Alpha Beta and other supermarket chains. Most of the loss reflects the refinancing debt, the closing of stores and merging of operations, and the remodeling of about 80 stores, Ralphs spokesman Jan Charles Gray said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1985 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
Alpha Beta Co. agreed Tuesday to hire more blacks at its 200 supermarkets in Southern California to settle a class-action lawsuit that charged that nepotism and word-of-mouth recruitment by its mostly Anglo management inadvertently froze blacks out of jobs. Under the agreement filed in U.S.
NEWS
December 30, 1985
Alpha Beta Supermarkets announced today that it will close its Fullerton warehouse, prompting about 150 Teamsters who work at the facility to storm their union's headquarters in Orange and demand negotiations to save their jobs. The demonstrators contended that union officials were aware of the planned closure but failed to alert them of it during the eight-week walkout by Teamsters and meat cutters, which ended Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
A new Bristol Farms supermarket--the first in the San Fernando Valley--will soon open at the site of the old Alpha Beta supermarket in the Topanga Erwin Plaza on Topanga Canyon Boulevard south of Victory Boulevard, company officials said Monday. The gourmet supermarket, due to open Nov. 18, will offer a variety of departments featuring deli items, baked goods, meat, seafood, produce, wine and sushi.
NEWS
February 26, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
The recent opening of an Alpha-Beta supermarket in the Mid-Town Shopping Center marks the first step in the revival of the outdoor mall, which was severely damaged in the 1992 riots. The supermarket occupies the site of the destroyed Boys' Market, which was the center's anchor and one of the Mid-City area's few grocery stores. The loss of the Boys' Market "took the heart out of the center," said Jim Young, who has owned the retail site at Pico and San Vicente boulevards since 1978.
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