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January 13, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Bernard Gelson, who pioneered upscale grocery shopping in Southern California as the co-founder of Gelson's Markets, has died. He was 84. Gelson, who had been in failing health, died Monday of pneumonia at his home in Encino, said his wife, Ellyn. Gelson was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Jan. 29, 1920. He and his younger brother, Eugene, learned the grocery business from their parents, who ran a small store.
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BUSINESS
October 5, 1985 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Price Co., which operates 21 discount warehouse stores in four states, on Friday said that it is negotiating with a Montreal-based retail chain to form a joint venture to open and operate an undisclosed number of Price Clubs in Canada. The San Diego-based company is discussing the joint-venture proposal with Steinberg Inc., which operates grocery and retail stores in Canada and the United States. The discussions could be concluded "shortly," according to a Price Co.
OPINION
November 26, 2003
The Teamsters' announcement that they will refuse to deliver to the grocery stores beginning a few days before Thanksgiving is a classic example of why unions lack public support (Nov. 25). Their disregard for the effects of their actions on others reinforces my perception of unions as groups of aloof, self-centered bullies. I have been asked to forgo convenience and choice for the last two months; now I am expected to accept a holiday food shortage for the purpose of gaining an attractive benefit package for grocery workers.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Microsoft Corp. is bringing digital advertising to the grocery cart. The software maker has spent four years working with Plano, Texas-based MediaCart Holdings Inc. on a grocery cart-mounted console that helps shoppers find products in the store, then scan and pay for their items without waiting in a checkout line. Starting in the second half of this year, the companies plan to test MediaCart in Wakefern Food Corp.'s ShopRite supermarkets on the East Coast. Customers with a ShopRite loyalty card will be able to log into a website at home and type in their grocery lists; when they get to the store and swipe their card on the MediaCart console, the list will appear.
OPINION
December 3, 2003
Regarding your Dec. 1 editorial on "McJob" being included in a new dictionary: I predict that a future edition of Webster's will include the word "Walmartize," as in "the grocery industry was Walmartized, so that the majority of employees held McJobs." Paul Eklof Costa Mesa
OPINION
December 25, 2003
If anyone doubted that the United States is in the midst of a cultural war, he or she might want to look at Patt Morrison's Dec. 23 column, "Shopping at Wal-Mart Like Nightmarish Trip Overseas." Stating that she "was terrified someone would recognize me," Morrison bravely risked a shopping trip to the world's No. 1 retailer. Appalled that most of the merchandise available was made overseas, the author bemoaned the rise of "Wal-Mart's world," a world rich with affordable, practical merchandise.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2004
Regarding "Lockyer to Sue Grocery Chains," Jan. 31: I wish someone could explain to me why Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer claims it is illegal for the grocery stores to help each other during the strike, and yet it is perfectly legal for other unions to supply money and help to the United Food and Commercial Workers during the strike. Ray Garnett Santa Clarita California is experiencing its worst fiscal crisis ever and yet the attorney general is misusing state resources to interfere with a private dispute with little benefit to the public.
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