CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2012 |
Alarmed by plans for aWal-Martgrocery store in Chinatown, a city planning committee Tuesday approved a temporary ban on large retail chain stores setting up shop in the downtown district. In a 2-1 vote, members of the Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Management panel found that if the city doesn't act, an infusion of big-box stores could endanger the unique cultural character of Chinatown. The viability of the historic neighborhood is at risk, said committee Chairman Ed Reyes. Reyes and fellow committee member Jose Huizar instructed the city's Planning Department to prepare an ordinance that would temporarily ban chain stores larger than 20,000 square feet from gaining permits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2012 |
Retail giant Wal-Mart's plan to bring a grocery store to Chinatown got another testy airing Tuesday as speakers on both sides of the issue squared off in a crowded hearing room at Los Angeles City Hall. Community activists, some wearing red T-shirts, urged the City Council's Planning and Land Use Committee to move forward with a one-year ban on large national chain stores in the historic district. The halt would give the Chinatown community and city leaders time to consider making the ban permanent, speakers told committee members.
August 13, 2012 |
At one level, the debate over whether to allow Wal-Mart to open a grocery store in Chinatown seems like a big fuss over something fairly small. The store would be just 33,000 square feet and would sell only groceries and sundries; it would not be a "superstore. " The new market would create some jobs and offer some inexpensive products, but it would hardly revolutionize the local economy or bring relief to a food desert. Chinatown already has more than a dozen markets, as well as bakeries and other food outlets.
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.