August 12, 2012
On Tuesday, a committee of the Los Angeles City Council will consider a proposal by Councilman Ed Reyes that would place a hold on new chain-store development in Chinatown, a move that specifically would halt the planned construction of aWal-Mart grocery store in the neighborhood. There is substantial neighborhood opposition toWal-Mart, and Reyes' motion is an understandable response. Nevertheless, the council should reject it and allow the project to go forward. That's not becauseWal-Martwould be such a blessing, or because Chinatown so desperately needs this store.
July 26, 2012 |
Lest men get lost in the feminine hygiene section or the towering array of probiotic yogurts, a New York grocery store has created a testosterone haven: a so-called man aisle stocked with all the goods a dude could desire. It's a supermarket man cave of sorts, according to the New York Post . The dedicated aisle at Westside Market NYC features steak sauce, condoms, booze, deodorant, razors and other gentlemanly necessities. The grocery store's selection of beer sits next to the special section, dubbed the "Aisle of Man. " Elsewhere in the market, customers can find more evolved fare, such as Apollinaris sparkling mineral water imported from Germany, organic produce and Kashkaval cheese.
June 22, 2012 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has announced plans to open a Neighborhood Market grocery store in Altadena, part of a concerted push by the world's largest retailer into the competitive California supermarket business. The 28,000-square-foot store will be located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Figueroa Drive in a space once occupied by a thrift store, the company said Thursday. “We think Wal-Mart can be part of the solution in the Altadena community for residents who want more affordable options close to home," said Steven Restivo, Wal-Mart's senior director for community affairs.
June 7, 2012 |
Grocery store chain Albertsons, a division of SuperValu Inc., is laying off as many as 2,500 workers at its supermarkets in Southern California and Nevada in an effort to slash costs amid slumping sales. The layoffs, which begin June 17, will affect a "small number" of employees at every Albertsons store in the two states, company spokeswoman Lilia Rodriguez said. The chain operates 213 supermarkets in California and 34 in Nevada. Rodriguez declined to comment on the number of lost jobs in Los Angeles, but said most payroll reductions will affect California.
May 21, 2012 |
"We're losing the war against obesity in the U.S.," says chef Jamie Oliver. "Our kids are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of processed foods, and today's children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents. " About 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 6 children are obese, according the Centers for Disease Control , and such obesity-related diseases as Type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer have become leading causes of death in our country.
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April 17, 2012 |
Tests on seafood sold at Los Angeles sushi bars, other restaurants, and grocery stores have revealed that more than half is not labeled correctly, a nonprofit organization is reporting. Red snapper, Dover sole, white tuna and other fish were often different species, the group Oceana found in DNA tests of seafood from 74 retail outlets in Los Angeles. In all, 55% of 119 fish samples from across L.A. were misidentified, Oceana said. Oceana focused on the frequency of mislabeling rather than its origins.
March 30, 2012 |
Is healthcare a privilege or a right? As Times consumer columnist David Lazarus wrote Friday: “One of the most striking take-aways from this week's U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the healthcare reform law was the steadfast insistence on the part of Republicans to deny affordable and accessible medical treatment to as many people as possible.” Lazarus added that “that means some sort of requirement that everyone have health coverage...
March 28, 2012 |
The last thing a supermarket shopper wants to see is long lines and empty registers. Ten years ago, shoppers envisioned a day when radio-frequency identification tags would enable them to whisk shopping carts through a checkout without unloading them - or bypass the checkout lane and ring up groceries as they walked through the store. But RFID never got cheap enough for razor-thin grocery margins. And we're still stacking groceries on conveyor belts, a 19th-century invention.