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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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March 15, 1998 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
His musings began with thoughts on an American culinary culture based less on olive oil, wine or fine taste than on fat substitutes and processed cheese. He proceeded to talk about hiking through French hamlets to sip dry rose. He then discussed how peat moss helps determine the character of a good Irish whiskey. And he scoffed at the notion of differently shaped glasses for red and white wines.
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BUSINESS
April 4, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Trader Joe's Founder Quits Sport Chalet Post: Joe Coulombe, the colorful founder of the gourmet food chain, resigned as interim president and chief executive of La Canada-based Sport Chalet after less than two months on the job. Coulombe had replaced Sam Allen, who resigned after 11 years with the company. Coulombe was brought in to help rebuild the 17-store chain, which expanded rapidly during the last few years but posted a small loss in fiscal 1994.
BUSINESS
April 4, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Trader Joe's Founder Quits Sport Chalet Post: Joe Coulombe, the colorful founder of the gourmet food chain, resigned as interim president and chief executive of La Canada-based Sport Chalet after less than two months on the job. Coulombe had replaced Sam Allen, who resigned after 11 years with the company. Coulombe was brought in to help rebuild the 17-store chain, which expanded rapidly during the last few years but posted a small loss in fiscal 1994.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1998 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
His musings began with thoughts on an American culinary culture based less on olive oil, wine or fine taste than on fat substitutes and processed cheese. He proceeded to talk about hiking through French hamlets to sip dry rose. He then discussed how peat moss helps determine the character of a good Irish whiskey. And he scoffed at the notion of differently shaped glasses for red and white wines.
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.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1993
Kenneth Turan's "John Ford's Monument" (June 20) is the most well-rounded piece on "The Searchers" I have read in some time. Were I to add yet more heralds for the film (or point out any more of its flaws, which, although incidental, are myriad), it would likely come across as prattling. Turan's commentary has a couple of minor flaws of its own. Ford's scenarist-screenwriter, Frank Nugent, was not Ford's son-in-law. I believe Turan may be thinking of the late Ken Curtis (Charlie McCorry in "The Searchers")
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
February 27, 1995 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is Philadelphia ready for pineapple salsa? Will Bostonians munch on Mt. Baldy Mix? And will a cynical New Yorker be caught dead buying a bag of Spring Berry Crunch Granola? The executives of Trader Joe's will soon find the answer to these and other questions as they prepare to take one of Southern California's most unusual and popular retail institutions--part gourmet shop, part supermarket and part discount warehouse--back East.
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.
BUSINESS
February 8, 1997 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unused to even faint signs of civility from store personnel, suburban New Yorkers sometimes mistake the heartiness of Trader Joe's checkout clerks for sarcasm. "They look at you like, 'What's the catch?' " says Carl Wenzinger, an effervescent, goateed Culver City transplant who is riding the first wave of Trader Joe's assault on the East Coast. Wenzinger, for his part, finds it hard to break through the Yankee reserve of some of his new customers.
NEWS
May 2, 1985 | JODY JACOBS
It's another marathon in the City of Hope's fund raising. And it's a hard act to match. By late this afternoon the 37th Annual Women's Luncheon of the Sportsmen's Club, a three-day event that began Tuesday, will have drawn 4,000 guests to the Beverly Hilton to see Bullock's present "The Best of Bullock's," a musical show starring such designers as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Flora Kung, Anne Klein and Laura Ashley. (This will be the third year for the Bullock's-Sportsmen's Club team.
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