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June 11, 1990 | From United Press International
Woman Claims Race Discrimination: A South-Central Los Angeles woman Wednesday sued Boys Market and its parent, Quality Foods International, claiming racial discrimination because she was arrested after unknowingly using a counterfeit $10 bill to pay for groceries. Joanette Brown Porter, who is black, says in her Los Angeles Superior Court suit that she was humiliated in front of patrons, then jailed overnight after using the bill.
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March 23, 1991 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of the Boys Markets and Market Basket chains is negotiating the final details of an agreement to buy nearly all of the 160 Alpha Beta Stores in Southern California, sources familiar with the talks said Friday. The purchase would make the buyer, privately held Yucaipa Cos. of Claremont, one of the top three grocery store operators in the Southland. A knowledgeable source cautioned, however, that the deal still could be revised substantially or could even fall apart.
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April 22, 1989 | MARTHA GROVES and JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writers
Boys Markets has renamed 17 of its suburban food stores Market Basket, a banner familiar to Southern Californians who recall when Kroger years ago operated a 66-store chain by that name in the region. "We changed the name . . . to reflect a different marketing direction (and) a different customer base," said Peter J. Sodini, president of Boys Markets, based in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles. Boys has focused in recent years on urban, ethnic areas that have been abandoned by such major grocery chains as Vons, Lucky and Ralphs.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1990 | From United Press International
Woman Claims Race Discrimination: A South-Central Los Angeles woman Wednesday sued Boys Market and its parent, Quality Foods International, claiming racial discrimination because she was arrested after unknowingly using a counterfeit $10 bill to pay for groceries. Joanette Brown Porter, who is black, says in her Los Angeles Superior Court suit that she was humiliated in front of patrons, then jailed overnight after using the bill.
BUSINESS
February 7, 1990 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lucky Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it would build a supermarket next to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, drawing cheers from city officials and black leaders who have been trying to attract major grocery chains back to an area that they had largely abandoned after the 1965 Watts riot.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1991 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of the Boys Markets and Market Basket chains is negotiating the final details of an agreement to buy nearly all of the 160 Alpha Beta Stores in Southern California, sources familiar with the talks said Friday. The purchase would make the buyer, privately held Yucaipa Cos. of Claremont, one of the top three grocery store operators in the Southland. A knowledgeable source cautioned, however, that the deal still could be revised substantially or could even fall apart.
NEWS
December 6, 1990
The Whittier Redevelopment Agency has filed suit against the developer of a 16-acre shopping center just west of the city's center. The suit was filed in response to a preliminary injunction obtained by the developer to prevent the agency from canceling its contract. The suit alleges that Urbatec failed to meet numerous terms of the agreement to build the Whittier Station Center, a 20-store shopping complex that is to be anchored by a major grocery store.
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January 17, 1990 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prices for winter produce have more than doubled in Southland supermarkets since a Christmas cold snap in Florida and Texas drove temperatures below freezing and destroyed an estimated 80% of the nation's winter vegetable crop. Tomato prices took the biggest jolt, retailers and growers said. A pound of large tomatoes generally sells for about 98 cents during the winter months; the posted price at one Vons market in Culver City was $2.69 on Tuesday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1991 | Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
Events to commemorate the Jan. 15 birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will take place throughout the city of Los Angeles this week. The holiday will be observed on Jan. 21. Wednesday Interfaith prayer breakfast--Dr. Cornel West of Princeton University will speak at an 8 a.m. prayer breakfast at Trinity Baptist Church, 2040 W. Jefferson Blvd.
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May 9, 1991 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city and a developer have reached an out-of-court settlement in a pair of lawsuits over one of the city's major redevelopment projects, a multimillion-dollar shopping center to be built just west of the city center. The fate of a historic train depot and a supposed Indian burial ground on the site focused the community's attention on the project, while attorneys for both sides struggled over legal issues. The city ultimately agreed to save the depot last summer by moving it to a vacant lot.
BUSINESS
February 7, 1990 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lucky Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it would build a supermarket next to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, drawing cheers from city officials and black leaders who have been trying to attract major grocery chains back to an area that they had largely abandoned after the 1965 Watts riot.
BUSINESS
April 22, 1989 | MARTHA GROVES and JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writers
Boys Markets has renamed 17 of its suburban food stores Market Basket, a banner familiar to Southern Californians who recall when Kroger years ago operated a 66-store chain by that name in the region. "We changed the name . . . to reflect a different marketing direction (and) a different customer base," said Peter J. Sodini, president of Boys Markets, based in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles. Boys has focused in recent years on urban, ethnic areas that have been abandoned by such major grocery chains as Vons, Lucky and Ralphs.
BUSINESS
November 8, 1989 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American Stores said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with the state Attorney General's Office that will allow the company to merge its Alpha Beta and Lucky supermarkets in Northern California. Salt Lake City-based American Stores will sell about 13 of its 36 Alpha Beta stores in Northern California. The 23 other stores north of San Luis Obispo, Kern and San Bernardino counties will immediately be renamed Lucky and put under the management of that chain.
NEWS
April 9, 1992 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousands of shoppers are braving lines just to get into the first major grocery store to be built in South Los Angeles since the economic devastation following the 1965 Watts riot. The stylish new Lucky market at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, which opened April 2, attracted so many customers during its first weekend that security guards were needed to direct traffic in the parking lot. Customers on foot were not only waiting in line to get to a cash register, but to get inside the store.
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