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June 18, 1997
Richard Rhee, owner of the California Market supermarket chain, has died. He was 62. A celebrated and controversial entrepreneur, Rhee died Sunday of lung cancer. He started his supermarket chain in 1986, turning a former Mayfair Market on Western Avenue into a Koreatown landmark by converting it into a massive Korean foods store.
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NEWS
June 18, 1997
Richard Rhee, owner of the California Market supermarket chain, has died. He was 62. A celebrated and controversial entrepreneur, Rhee died Sunday of lung cancer. He started his supermarket chain in 1986, turning a former Mayfair Market on Western Avenue into a Koreatown landmark by converting it into a massive Korean foods store.
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NEWS
April 25, 1996 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling it a drastic but necessary step against one of the largest Asian supermarket chains in the Southland, state labor officials ordered the shutdown Wednesday of four California Markets for allegedly violating state labor laws. The state's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement issued "stop orders" at four of six markets in the chain for operating without workers' compensation insurance.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1997 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major sales-tax evasion case, the Los Angeles District Attorney has charged the owner of a large Asian supermarket chain of underreporting more than $4 million in taxes. Nine counts of felony tax evasion and one count of grand theft charges were filed against Richard Rhee, the controversial operator of the California Market chain.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1997 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major sales-tax evasion case, the Los Angeles District Attorney has charged the owner of a large Asian supermarket chain of underreporting more than $4 million in taxes. Nine counts of felony tax evasion and one count of grand theft charges were filed against Richard Rhee, the controversial operator of the California Market chain.
NEWS
May 2, 1992 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the shadow of a flaming mini-mall near the corner of 5th and Western, behind a barricade of luxury sedans and battered grocery trucks, they built Firebase Koreatown. Richard Rhee, owner of the supermarket on the corner, had watched as roving bands of looters ransacked and burned Korean-owned businesses on virtually every block. But here, it would be different. "Burn this down after 33 years?"
BUSINESS
July 11, 1996 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After weeks of legal maneuvering, state labor officials Wednesday finally obtained a court order forcing the California Market chain to shut down its Garden Grove store, at least temporarily. But stoking the fire in a long-running battle with the state, managers continued to operate the supermarket as usual. Exasperated, state officials late Wednesday vowed to obtain a contempt-of-court order. "The state views it as very serious.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1996 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State labor officials, continuing their long-running battle with the California Market chain, on Friday made another court bid to temporarily shut down one of its stores, only to be denied again. In an unexpected appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court, representatives of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement sought a restraining order against the Asian supermarket in Koreatown, alleging that it operated without workers' compensation insurance.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1996 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day after California Markets defied government orders to cease operations at four of its stores, state labor officials Thursday said they have confirmed that two of the supermarkets are operating illegally and that they would take court action to shut them down. "Our investigators are going to go out there [today] and if they're not shut down, we'll get an injunction," said Jose Millan, assistant labor commissioner.
BUSINESS
July 11, 1996 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After weeks of legal maneuvering, state labor officials Wednesday finally obtained a court order forcing the California Market chain to shut down its Garden Grove store, at least temporarily. But stoking the fire in a long-running battle with the state, managers continued to operate the Asian supermarket as usual, even after a state official served the court order to managers and advised them to close the doors.
NEWS
April 25, 1996 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling it a drastic but necessary step against one of the largest Asian supermarket chains in the Southland, state labor officials ordered the shutdown Wednesday of four California Markets for allegedly violating state labor laws. The state's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement issued "stop orders" at four of six markets in the chain for operating without workers' compensation insurance.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1996 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a boost for the beleaguered California Market chain, courts in Los Angeles and Santa Ana on Wednesday refused a state labor agency's requests to temporarily shut down supermarkets in Koreatown and Garden Grove. The Superior Court rulings were a setback for the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, which last week cited and told four California Market stores to cease business for allegedly operating without workers' compensation insurance.
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