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March 12, 1992 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pacific Enterprises on Wednesday named Joseph H. Coulombe, founder of the Trader Joe's market chain and a pioneering merchandiser, as head of its ailing retailing operations. The surprise appointment of the 61-year-old Coulombe, a retail consultant since resigning as Trader Joe's chief executive in 1989, is intended to provide additional management muscle for shoring up Pacific Enterprises' ailing store chains so that they may fetch greater value from potential buyers, company officials said.
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March 12, 1992 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pacific Enterprises on Wednesday named Joseph H. Coulombe, founder of the Trader Joe's market chain and a pioneering merchandiser, as head of its ailing retailing operations. The surprise appointment of the 61-year-old Coulombe, a retail consultant since resigning as Trader Joe's chief executive in 1989, is intended to provide additional management muscle for shoring up Pacific Enterprises' ailing store chains so that they may fetch greater value from potential buyers, company officials said.
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BUSINESS
November 2, 1987
John Shields, formerly vice president-operations, at Mervyn's Department Store, was named president of Trader Joe's Co. Shields, 55, succeeds Joseph H. Coulombe, who continues as chairman and chief executive of the specialty food retailer.
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July 29, 2010 | Times Wire Services
Theo Albrecht, the secretive co-founder of Germany's worldwide discount supermarket chain Aldi, a co-owner of Trader Joe's in the United States and one of Europe's richest men, has died. He was 88. The retail machine that Albrecht built with his brother Karl has won over German consumers with their no-thrills but super-cheap offerings, making billionaires of the two and spawning imitation discount stores across Europe. The company's Aldi Nord division said in a statement Wednesday that Albrecht was the driving force behind Aldi's internationalization, expanding stores to France, Spain, Portugal, Poland and the United States, among other nations.
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August 25, 1996 | MARY LOU LOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fall social season will be launched Sept. 4 when the Los Angeles Music Center Opera opens the season with Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" with Placido Domingo, Veronica Villarroel and Juan Pons in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Mary Hayley and Selim K. Zilkha are chairs of the black-tie dining and dancing gala on the Music Center Plaza. It follows the performance. Barbara Piasecka Johnson is honorary chairwoman.
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February 24, 1989 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
Contrary to common belief, those huge sums given by major donors to charity aren't always easily given. For instance, at the Music Center reception Wednesday evening in The Founders, feting Gold Circle Patrons of the Arts (donations of $500,000 or more), Distinguished Patrons of the Arts (known as DPA's--$250,000 or more) and Benefactors ($100,000 or more), Peggy Parker, who this year became a DPA, noted when asked how she was feeling, "I feel very poor."
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July 15, 1993 | MARY LOU LOPER
Bach hit the Beach Club in sunglasses Saturday evening. White-wigged, in knee pants and with sand in his shoes, the composer (actually Alan Chapman) said with a proud air, "My pieces, ladies and gentlemen," as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra broke into Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1993 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chicken wars of 1987, the tomato sauce skirmish of 1990 and the flap over soybeans in 1992 escaped notice from much of the world, but not from Robert Berning and Douglas Rauch. Even the most obscure global food fight can disrupt the flow of Champagne from France, gnocchi from Italy and tuna from Thailand for these buyers at Trader Joe's chain of international grocery and liquor shops.
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January 10, 1985 | JODY JACOBS
Fifteen years ago while Helen Wolford was executive president of the Music Center's Amazing Blue Ribbon she came up with an idea--a Children's Holiday Festival that would bus in fifth-grade schoolchildren from all parts of the county, acquaint them with the Music Center and introduce them to the arts. As they say in show biz, the idea was a hit. This year, Holiday Festival XV will be dedicated to Mrs. Wolford who'll fly in from her home in Hawaii to participate.
NEWS
April 21, 1985
Members of the Music Center Opera League, one of the Music Center's most enthusiastic support groups, will turn into "rogues and revelers" Thursday to celebrate the opening of "The Beggar's Opera" at the Embassy Theater. And right after the curtain comes down on the Opera Theatre of St. Louis' performance of the comic opera, the first Music Center Opera Assn. production under the directorship of Peter Hemmings, the Opera League will put on a "Beggar's Bash," continuing the opera's jovial mood.
BUSINESS
August 12, 1988 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
For more than 20 years, Joseph H. Coulombe has blazed his own trail as founder and operator of Trader Joe's markets. While other food markets opted for bigger stores, he kept his small. While the supermarket chains catered to the mass market, Trader Joe's set its sight on serving well-educated and well-traveled consumers.
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