November 19, 1985 |
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.
December 6, 1992 |
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."
September 15, 1994 |
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.
September 12, 1994 |
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.
October 31, 1990 |
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.