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December 2, 1994 | TIM MAY
Viva Market in Pacoima Plaza is, well, muerto. But shoppers need not mourn the dead market: Food 4 Less will soon replace the closed Viva store at the same location. Pacoima Plaza, one of only a handful of strip malls in the community, is getting a $1-million make-over care of the Piken Co., a Studio City-based developer that created the mall 10 years ago using federal Urban Development Action grant funds.
May 15, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
What happens to the 40% of food produced but never eaten in the U.S. each year, the mounds of perfect fruit passed over by grocery store shoppers, the tons of meat and milk left to expire? At Ralphs, one of the oldest and largest supermarket chains on the West Coast, it helps keep the power on. In a sprawling Compton distribution center that the company shares with its fellow Kroger Co. subsidiary Food 4 Less, organic matter otherwise destined for a landfill is rerouted instead into the facility's energy grid.
Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc., owner of the Alpha Beta and Viva grocery chains, said Friday it lost $1.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 1994, compared to an $8.7-million loss in the same period a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 18 was $616.6 million, down 5.7% from $653.6 million in the 1993 first quarter.
April 9, 2013 | By Shan Li and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
To your grocery list, add electricity. Kroger Co., the country's largest grocery store owner, with chains including Ralphs and Food 4 Less, plans to install a total of 225 vehicle charging stations at 125 supermarkets in California and Arizona. San Francisco-based Ecotality Inc., which operates the nation's second-largest network of public electric charging stations for vehicles, announced Monday that it would handle the installation. Kroger, based in Cincinnati, said it would invest about $1.5 million to install Ecotality's Blink charging stations and DC Fast Chargers.
February 16, 1994
Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc.: The La Habra chain of warehouse grocery stores reported a profit of $100,000 for its latest quarter. That contrasted with a loss of $10.4 million for the same period a year earlier. Sales for the company's second fiscal quarter, which ended Jan. 8, were down 5% to $800 million from $845 million. The company attributed the revenue decline to continued weakness in the Southern California economy and competitive factors.
June 18, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD
The owner of Viva and Boys markets said Monday that it has completed the acquisition of 142 Alpha Beta supermarkets for $251 million and the lease of the chain's warehouse and office complex in La Habra. The sale by American Stores, of Salt Lake City, marks another twist in the history of one of Orange County's oldest businesses, which derived its name from the alphabetizing of items on a grocer's shelves in Pomona.
Food 4 Less Supermarkets, parent company of the Alpha Beta and Viva grocery chains, said it will begin laying off about 300 people Friday in an effort to streamline its operations in Southern California. The idling of mostly part-time workers comes just five months after the company acquired 142 Alpha Beta stores in a $251-million deal.
Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc. said Wednesday that the slow economy and lingering effects of last year's Los Angeles riots caused its latest three-month sales to fall by 7%. For its second fiscal quarter, which ended Jan. 9, the privately held grocery-store chain had sales of $845.3 million, compared to $905.1 million for the same period a year earlier. Food 4 Less said it reduced the number of its stores by six during the last year, leaving it with 251 locations.
January 7, 1993
Food 4 Less Supermarkets has raised $75 million to continue the aggressive expansion campaign it began after acquiring the 142-store Alpha Beta chain two years ago. The company, based in La Habra, raised most of the money when parent Food 4 Less Holdings Inc. sold to the public $50 million worth of notes. The remaining $25 million was borrowed from banks. The supermarket chain plans to use the money to improve and expand the chain.
March 31, 1994 | Greg Johnson / Times staff writer
Rumors persist that Ralphs Grocery Co. is for sale--and that Food 4 Less in La Habra is interested in buying the Compton-based company. But Food 4 Less spokesman Darius Anderson said there have been no discussions between the companies. "Of course we'd be interested," Anderson said. "They're a great company and have tremendous management. But we've had no discussions. We don't even know that they're for sale." Real estate developer Edward J. DeBartolo, who acquired a 60.
June 14, 2012 | Times Wire Services
Shares of Kroger Co. rose the most in more than three years after the operator of Ralphs and Food 4 Less boosted its annual profit forecast and announced a $1-billion share buyback. The Cincinnati company's shares advanced 6.1% to $22.58, the biggest gain since March 2009. The shares have dropped 6.8% this year. Profit for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31 will be as much as $2.40 a share, up from a prior forecast of as much as $2.38, the company said Thursday. That compared with the $2.32 average that analysts expected in a Bloomberg survey.
June 22, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Anne Marie Sablock said she regularly drives past an Albertsons, a Whole Foods Market and several other supermarkets to shop at the Ralphs on Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach. The Seal Beach mother of two teens is price sensitive and likes a broad selection of goods. She buys house brands and private label products. "I shop here because there is more choice and better prices," Sablock said as she dropped a box of Ralphs brand instant oatmeal into her cart last week.
October 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Kroger Co., the biggest U.S. grocery chain, said union employees at its Food 4 Less unit in Southern California ratified a contract. The four-year contract, effective immediately, covers more than 5,700 employees represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers, Cincinnati-based Kroger said. Southern California unions in July ratified contracts at Kroger's Ralphs, Supervalu Inc.'s Albertsons and Safeway Inc.'
March 8, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Two of Southern California's grocery chains reported financial results Tuesday that headed in opposite directions. Kroger Co., owner of the Ralphs and Food 4 Less chains, said it swung to a profit in the latest quarter from a loss a year earlier. Albertsons Inc., however, saw its sales and profits slide in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati-based Kroger reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $282.
September 13, 2005 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Ralphs Grocery Co. and its sister supermarket chain Food 4 Less will avoid steep state fines for advertising Mexican-grown grapes as coming from California farms this summer. After investigating the incident, the California Department of Food and Agriculture decided not to ask the state attorney general to prosecute the two supermarket chains, department spokesman Steve Lyle said Monday. The chains, both owned by Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.
July 8, 2005 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
In what officials are describing as an unusual violation of the state's California Grown marketing campaign, Ralphs Grocery Co. and its sister Food 4 Less chain could face steep fines for advertising Mexican-grown grapes as coming from California farms. The California Department of Food and Agriculture, responding to complaints from farmers, has launched a formal review of the violation.
When Casino France shut down Bunker Hill's Thriftimart grocery store in the early 1980s, downtown Los Angeles was left without a full-service grocer. Sure, there are specialty grocers catering to Little Tokyo and independent vendors in the Grand Central Market on Broadway, but the heart of the city has long been without the services that are the hallmarks of suburbia. "The nearest supermarket now is at 3rd and Vermont," where a Vons and Ralphs are located, said Leon K.
As part of a novel and possibly precedent-setting attack on a competitor's pricing claims, Food 4 Less Stores plans to seek a court order Tuesday prohibiting Lucky Stores from calling itself the "low price leader." Lawyers for Food 4 Less said they will amend a $100-million false-advertising lawsuit filed against Lucky in March by seeking an injunction that would bar Lucky from calling itself the "low price leader every day."
March 9, 2005 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
Kroger Co., the nation's largest grocer, said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened as it wrote down the value of its Ralphs and Food 4 Less chains, which continued to struggle in the wake of last year's California strike and lockout. The company offered deep discounts to lure shoppers back to Ralphs, and that hurt profit margins.
September 25, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kroger Co.'s Food 4 Less said Friday that it had reached a tentative labor agreement with the union representing 5,700 workers at 101 Southern and Central California stores. The agreement would affect employees represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 135, 324, 770, 1036, 1167, 1428 and 1442 who work in stores serving Los Angeles, Kern, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, the company said.
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