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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2011 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Patrick W. Collins, a longtime president of Ralphs Grocery Co., died May 16 of congestive heart failure at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said his wife, Beth. He was 82. Collins became president and chief operating officer in 1976 and was named vice chairman in 1993. He retired in 1994. "He was one of the most intellectual leaders we've had in the industry," said Jack Brown, chairman and chief executive of the Stater Bros. supermarket chain and a longtime friend. Collins "established standards and particularly programs that evaluated customer service and evaluated the competition," Brown said.
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BUSINESS
February 4, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
FTC OKs Merger of Ralphs, Food 4 Less: The Federal Trade Commission said it will allow Food 4 Less Supermarkets to acquire Ralphs Grocery Co. under the terms of an agreement the two supermarket chains reached with the California attorney general. Under the settlement reached in December with Atty. Gen.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2008 | The Associated Press
An executive of the Kroger Co. supermarket chain and three former managers with its Southern California subsidiary Ralphs pleaded not guilty Monday to federal labor fraud charges linked to the 2003-04 supermarket strike and lockout. A 23-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles accuses the defendants of conspiring to rehire locked-out workers using fake Social Security numbers and identification during the strike. A trial date of Dec.
BUSINESS
February 17, 1995 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The partners in a planned supermarket mega-merger are negotiating with a group of their bondholders who are seeking higher interest payments and fees as a condition of participating in the deal. The negotiations are the first step in the plan by Food 4 Less Supermarkets--operator of Alpha Beta--to secure financing to acquire Ralphs Grocery Co. The bondholders are being asked to swap their existing holdings for new bonds that would be issued by a merged supermarket entity.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Food 4 Less and Ralphs Grocery Co. executives will meet this morning to start determining which parts of their grocery chain empire will be sold or closed in the wake of their companies' $1.5-billion merger. The deal, made final on Wednesday, gave the new company control over 27% of Southern California's grocery market. The company, to retain the Ralphs Grocery Co. name, surpasses longtime market leader Vons in total stores and sales.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beginning next month, Ralphs Grocery Co. will allow shoppers to bid for their groceries online using Internet retailer Priceline.com. On Priceline's Webhouse Club site, customers of both Ralphs and sister chain Food 4 Less will be able to name their own price for 1,000 brand-name products and earn average savings of 15% to 35% starting Sept. 7. But they'll have to work for the savings. Unlike online rivals Webvan Group and HomeGrocer.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Ralphs Grocery Co. on Tuesday announced net income for the second quarter ended July 19 increased to $1.7 million, contrasted with a $5.8-million loss for the same period last year. Net income in the second quarter last year included a non-cash charge of $4.2 million for equity appreciation rights. Sales for the latest second quarter were $660.3 million, a decrease of 1.8% versus the previous year's quarter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1992 | JAMES QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralphs Grocery Co. admitted in court Tuesday that it cheated customers at San Fernando Valley supermarkets by overcharging them for items that were marked as being on sale. In a plea bargain with prosecutors entered in Van Nuys Municipal Court, the supermarket chain agreed to conduct price-accuracy training program for employees and to pay $3,500 in fines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The market may not be ready for the market. Recently voiced fears of crime and traffic by residents have forced a major supermarket chain to re-evaluate its decision to locate in rural Acton, a move that was endorsed three years ago by the Acton Town Council. "We'd like to go to communities where people look forward to us serving them," Byron Allumbaugh, chairman and CEO of Ralphs Grocery Co., said through a spokesperson. "As you know, there is some opposition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
It's a friendly, laid-back place -- a cozy hole in the wall where locals can gather to sip latte and share neighborhood gossip. But the talk Friday at the tiny Bishop coffee shop in downtown Los Angeles was about how gentrification can send a business soaring. And then turn around and slam it straight into the ground. That's what happened to the Bishop, which closed its doors Friday night -- a victim of its neighborhood's success.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The Southern California grocery workers union turned up the heat a little more Thursday by warning the big supermarket chains that it was prepared to cancel a temporary agreement that so far has prevented a strike. The contract for 65,000 workers at Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons was set to expire March 5 but has remained in force through a rolling extension that requires a 72-hour cancellation notice by either the United Food and Commercial Workers union or the supermarket chains.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Contract negotiations between representatives of Southern California's three largest supermarket chains and 65,000 union workers continued at a secret location Thursday. But as the give-and-take continued for a second day, there was no word of any breakthrough. New proposals had been delivered to the Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons chains, United Food and Commercial Workers spokesman Mike Shimpock said, but he offered no details.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
As Southern California's grocery workers union readies for a strike vote Sunday, there are already efforts to restart negotiations with the big supermarket chains, possibly as soon as Wednesday, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Talks broke off Thursday between the United Food and Commercial Workers union and Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons over a contract for 65,000 workers.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday approved Ralphs grocery chain's guilty plea to felony charges that it illegally rehired locked-out workers during the Southern California supermarket labor dispute almost three years ago. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said the company's pledge to cooperate in a continuing investigation was a key factor in his decision to approve the agreement.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
The Ralphs grocery chain plans to plead guilty to charges that it illegally rehired hundreds of locked-out workers during the bitter Southern California supermarket dispute more than two years ago, the company's parent said Thursday. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. said in a regulatory filing that Ralphs "expects to enter into an agreement that will include a plea of guilty to some of the charges" in a 53-count indictment handed up in December by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2005 | Michael Hiltzik
Let's stipulate that in the eyes of the law Ralphs Grocery Co. is innocent until proven guilty. That out of the way? Now, let's examine the tale of unparalleled sleaziness outlined in the 106-page indictment of Ralphs handed up last week by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. The document's thrust is that, in 2003, Ralphs executives tried to undermine the United Food and Commercial Workers union through a full-bore criminal conspiracy.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Three major supermarket chains have agreed to pay $22.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by janitors who said they were illegally classified as subcontractors and systematically underpaid at hundreds of Southern California stores. The money will be split among at least 2,100 janitors who worked at Albertsons Inc., Ralphs Grocery Co. and Safeway Inc.'s Vons supermarkets from 1994 to 2001.
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