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November 22, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
An infant believed to be less than two hours old was found abandoned in a milk crate behind an Anaheim supermarket Saturday morning, police said. The 7-pound, 9-ounce girl, found wrapped in a small yellow blanket, was reported in good condition late Saturday at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim. Don Moreno, 28, a supermarket employee, said the baby's head, face and hands were uncovered, and were cold. She was covered with blood, he said.
February 15, 2014 | David Colker
Bill Davila, a first-generation Mexican American who worked his way up from sweeping floors at a Vons market to being president of the supermarket chain, knew that some executives in the industry were not sure how to pronounce his last name. Was it the Spanish DAH-vee-la or the Anglicized duh-VIL-a? Davila, who was also the genial spokesman for Vons in TV and radio commercials, was used to walking in both worlds. "I'll respond to either pronunciation," he said in a 1987 Los Angeles Times interview.
February 2, 2000
Is there a difference between a supermarket chain demanding shelf fees from suppliers (Jan. 29) and disc jockeys demanding payment from a recording company to play its tunes on the air? Answer: No, there is not. Payola by any other name is still payola. S. DELL SCOTT Encino
April 17, 1985 | JACK SMITH
A woman who evidently spends a lot more time in supermarket lines than I do has sent me a list of headlines from recent supermarket tabloids. It is a fine list of wonders, and justifies her vigilance. "So fascinated have I become by those headlines," writes Katharine M. Cashman of La Canada, "that I now choose the longest line in the supermarket rather than the shortest, thus gaining more time not only to read them, but also to copy them into a small notebook." Evidently, Mrs.
April 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
Grand Union Co., a privately owned Northeast-based supermarket chain, will be acquired by a partnership of investment banks in a deal worth $1.2 billion, the buyers announced. The acquisition would mark the latest big supermarket takeover by Wall Street firms, which are attracted to the business because it is considered largely recession-proof and generates large quantities of cash. Over the past few years, for example, the investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. acquired Safeway Stores Inc. for $4.2 billion and Stop & Shop Cos. for $1.2 billion.
May 31, 2001
In "For Web Grocer, the Time Is Overripe" (May 28), a Jupiter Media Metrix analyst says, "Webvan is probably 10 or 20 years ahead of its time, and I don't mean that in a good way." Actually, it is 50 years behind its time. Fifty years ago, most grocery stores offered home delivery. Some companies like Jewel Tea Co. and Helms Bakery made it their exclusive business. But the advent of the modern supermarket proved that home delivery is much more costly than having customers come to your warehouse.
June 9, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
Santa Susana Repertory Company thought it had found a home, and theater, when a developer offered in March to lend them his abandoned Simi Valley supermarket. But five weeks ago, as the troupe was busy converting the building from grocery store to theater, a city building inspector showed up with good news and bad news. The good news was that, yes, the troupe could stage a play in the supermarket. The bad news was that, because of fire-safety requirements, it couldn't invite many people or let anyone sit down.
June 2, 1989
The cows came home, almost, when a dairy chain decided to mark the beginning of National Dairy Month by taking Holstein cows to a Burbank supermarket. The idea of the guest performance was to show kindergarten-aged, city-bred children where milk comes from. Not to confuse the issue, but also in attendance was an 18-wheeler truck with a pink fuel tank underneath.
November 28, 1985 | From Reuters
Authorities have arrested a man they say extorted money from supermarkets by threatening to put packets of poisoned instant noodles on their shelves, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Chen Cheng-yu, 25, who was seized when he allegedly tried to negotiate a ransom with a leading supermarket chain, has not yet been charged, the spokesman said. He added that Chen demanded $125,000. Police failed to find any poisoned noodles at his home.
May 30, 1986
Roger E. Stangeland, chairman of Vons Cos. (formerly HMI Holdings), said his firm will acquire the 10-store, Pasadena-based Pantry supermarket chain from the Dallas-based firm for undisclosed terms. The stores are located in the San Gabriel Valley and parts of Orange County. Closing is expected within 30 days. Pantry Stores will operate as a separate division of El Monte-based Vons and will retain the Pantry name.
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