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February 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A court sentenced owners and managers of a supermarket to prison because of a fire in 2004 that killed 327 people. The owner, his son, a security guard and a major shareholder in the Ycua Bolanos supermarket received terms ranging from 2 1/2 to 12 years. About 400 people were injured when the supermarket burned down after a fire started in a chimney that investigators said was poorly built and maintained.
March 10, 2002 | AMANDA SHAFFER and ROBERT GOTTLIEB, Amanda Shaffer is the author of an upcoming Occidental College Urban & Environmental Policy Institute report on supermarkets in low-income Los Angeles communities ( Robert Gottlieb is the director of the institute.
High school bands played. Proceedings were broadcast live on radio. Participants feasted at a VIP buffet. All this to celebrate the January 1994 opening of a Vons market in the Compton Renaissance Plaza, the first full-service supermarket to be built in the inner city after the 1992 riots. Danny Bakewell, whose Compton Commercial Development Corp. was the project developer, said, "People give rhetoric to wanting to help inner cities--this is the way to do it. But just six years later, Vons quietly closed the doors of its ballyhooed Compton store, citing its lack of profitability.
January 29, 1989
Is this travesty going to be an annual event? If so, I suggest recruiting the same psychics who make predictions for the supermarket tabloids. MELISSA HENRY Anaheim
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 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.
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