March 22, 2014 |
MARINALEDA, Spain - It was a sweltering summer day at the height of Spain's economic crisis when the longtime mayor of this hardscrabble village decided it was time to grab the nation's attention. Most other politicians were on vacation, which looked a bit decadent to many, considering that the unemployment rate in southern Spain's Andalusia region was pushing 40%, among the highest in the nation. So Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo of Marinaleda - population barely 2,700 - led his trade unionist friends on a march to a supermarket in a neighboring town.
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 |
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.
December 4, 1987 |
When the Safeway signs eventually come down from the stores purchased Thursday by Vons Cos., a new round of competitive frenzy among Southern California supermarket chains is expected. For Southland consumers, that's good news because they will probably benefit from lower prices. The long-term outlook for prices, however, is less certain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.