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September 15, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alphy, Alpha Beta's long-retired corporate mascot, hasn't had much to smile about lately. During the 1960s and 1970s, from his perch atop Alpha Beta signs throughout Southern California, the impish cowboy character looked down upon a strong, growing chain with more than 300 stores and thousands of satisfied customers. "Alpha Beta, unlike most of its competitors, was born and grew up in the suburbs," said La Habra resident Esther R.
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June 7, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Grocery store chain Albertsons, a division of SuperValu Inc., is laying off as many as 2,500 workers at its supermarkets in Southern California and Nevada in an effort to slash costs amid slumping sales. The layoffs, which begin June 17, will affect a "small number" of employees at every Albertsons store in the two states, company spokeswoman Lilia Rodriguez said. The chain operates 213 supermarkets in California and 34 in Nevada. Rodriguez declined to comment on the number of lost jobs in Los Angeles, but said most payroll reductions will affect California.
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BUSINESS
September 15, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE and GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Touting their union as a deal that will help them upgrade stores and escalate the local price war, the owner of Orange County-based Alpha Beta supermarkets on Wednesday completed a long-anticipated agreement to acquire 121-year-old Ralphs Grocery Co. Yucaipa Cos., which also owns the Viva and Food 4 Less warehouse stores--which have headquarters in La Habra--and the Boys chain, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ralphs from the Ohio-based DeBartolo Corp. for $1.5 billion.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
West Coast supermarket powerhouse Safeway Inc. on Tuesday agreed to buy closely held Genuardi's Family Markets Inc. for an undisclosed sum to strengthen its presence in the East. The purchase will give Safeway 36 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, 33 under the Genuardi's name and three under its Zagara's division. Genuardi's has about $1 billion in annual sales and employs about 7,000 people. Pleasanton, Calif.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralphs Grocery Co. and the owner of the Alpha Beta chain have agreed to sell 27 of their nearly 400 Southern California stores in an antitrust settlement that is likely to pave the way for the largest supermarket merger in California history. The store divestitures were approved by the two chains and the California attorney general and were announced Wednesday after months of negotiation.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1998 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hoping to steal business away from large discount retailers, some Ralphs supermarkets have begun offering whole aisles of products more commonly seen at Petco, Office Depot or Target. Items such as microwave ovens, filing cabinets and gardening tools now occupy entire aisles at two newly opened Ralphs Marketplace stores in Redondo Beach and Lancaster. Both are remodeled Ralphs stores devoting roughly one-fifth of their space to merchandise not typically found in neighborhood supermarkets.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE and GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Touting their union as a deal that will help them upgrade stores and escalate the local price war, the owner of Alpha Beta supermarkets on Wednesday completed a long-anticipated agreement to acquire 121-year-old Ralphs Grocery Co. Yucaipa Cos., which also owns the Boys, Viva and Food 4 Less warehouse stores, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ralphs from the Ohio-based DeBartolo Corp. for $1.5 billion. The combined company's value would be $2.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Lisa Rodriguez is pressed for time but has to pick up a few groceries, she zips into the Alpha Beta grocery store on Culver Drive in Irvine. But when the Irvine resident wants to fill the pantry, her store of choice is the nearby Ralphs on Harvard Avenue. "When it's time to do major shopping I never go to Alpha Beta," Rodriguez said during a morning trip to feed bottles and cans into Alpha Beta's recycling station.
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September 17, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Friday was the day James Bayly had been waiting for. The 18-year-old grocery bagger for Ralphs in Villa Park had been training for weeks and felt primed to do well in the California Grocers Assn.'s Bag-Off Contest. But when Bayly of Orange stepped up to the stage and looked at the 44 items he was supposed to stuff into paper bags as quickly and neatly as possible, he felt a sudden wave of panic.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bank of America said Thursday that it will establish banking operations in nearly 400 Lucky stores throughout California, creating the largest single supermarket branching system in the nation. Under an agreement with Lucky, B of A said it will put full-service branches in 100 supermarkets and place automated teller machines and 24-hour customer service hot lines in Lucky's remaining 295 stores in California.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1998 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hoping to steal business away from large discount retailers, some Ralphs supermarkets have begun offering whole aisles of products more commonly seen at Petco, Office Depot or Target. Items such as microwave ovens, filing cabinets and gardening tools now occupy entire aisles at two newly opened Ralphs Marketplace stores in Redondo Beach and Lancaster. Both are remodeled Ralphs stores devoting roughly one-fifth of their space to merchandise not typically found in neighborhood supermarkets.
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April 21, 1996 | Margo Kaufman, Margo Kaufman is the author of "This Damn House! (My Subcontract with America)," published in March by Villard. Her last article for the magazine was on voice-overs
I'm here at the new Ralphs in West Hollywood. I'm standing in front of a self-service Mediterranean olive bar, where, for $5.99 a pound, customers can load up on pimento, stuffed martini, black Greek, sun-dried black Greek, Nafplion, picholine, Nicoises, almond, garlic-stuffed, black garlic-stuffed . . . . I've got nothing against olives, but why do I have this Dorothy-in-Oz feeling?
BUSINESS
December 15, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralphs Grocery Co. and the owner of the Alpha Beta chain have agreed to sell 27 of their nearly 400 Southern California stores in an antitrust settlement that is likely to pave the way for the largest supermarket merger in California history. The store divestitures were approved by the two chains and the California attorney general and were announced Wednesday after months of negotiation.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bank of America said Thursday that it will establish banking operations in nearly 400 Lucky stores throughout California, creating the largest single supermarket branching system in the nation. Under an agreement with Lucky, B of A said it will put full-service branches in 100 supermarkets and place automated teller machines and 24-hour customer service hot lines in Lucky's remaining 295 stores in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Friday was the day James Bayly had been waiting for. The 18-year-old grocery bagger for Ralphs in Villa Park had been training for weeks and felt primed to do well in the California Grocers Assn.'s Bag-Off Contest. But when Bayly of Orange stepped up to the stage and looked at the 44 items he was supposed to stuff into paper bags as quickly and neatly as possible, he felt a sudden wave of panic.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE and GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Touting their union as a deal that will help them upgrade stores and escalate the local price war, the owner of Alpha Beta supermarkets on Wednesday completed a long-anticipated agreement to acquire 121-year-old Ralphs Grocery Co. Yucaipa Cos., which also owns the Boys, Viva and Food 4 Less warehouse stores, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ralphs from the Ohio-based DeBartolo Corp. for $1.5 billion. The combined company's value would be $2.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
West Coast supermarket powerhouse Safeway Inc. on Tuesday agreed to buy closely held Genuardi's Family Markets Inc. for an undisclosed sum to strengthen its presence in the East. The purchase will give Safeway 36 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, 33 under the Genuardi's name and three under its Zagara's division. Genuardi's has about $1 billion in annual sales and employs about 7,000 people. Pleasanton, Calif.
MAGAZINE
April 21, 1996 | Margo Kaufman, Margo Kaufman is the author of "This Damn House! (My Subcontract with America)," published in March by Villard. Her last article for the magazine was on voice-overs
I'm here at the new Ralphs in West Hollywood. I'm standing in front of a self-service Mediterranean olive bar, where, for $5.99 a pound, customers can load up on pimento, stuffed martini, black Greek, sun-dried black Greek, Nafplion, picholine, Nicoises, almond, garlic-stuffed, black garlic-stuffed . . . . I've got nothing against olives, but why do I have this Dorothy-in-Oz feeling?
BUSINESS
September 15, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Lisa Rodriguez is pressed for time but has to pick up a few groceries, she zips into the Alpha Beta grocery store on Culver Drive in Irvine. But when the Irvine resident wants to fill the pantry, her store of choice is the nearby Ralphs on Harvard Avenue. "When it's time to do major shopping I never go to Alpha Beta," Rodriguez said during a morning trip to feed bottles and cans into Alpha Beta's recycling station.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE and GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Touting their union as a deal that will help them upgrade stores and escalate the local price war, the owner of Orange County-based Alpha Beta supermarkets on Wednesday completed a long-anticipated agreement to acquire 121-year-old Ralphs Grocery Co. Yucaipa Cos., which also owns the Viva and Food 4 Less warehouse stores--which have headquarters in La Habra--and the Boys chain, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ralphs from the Ohio-based DeBartolo Corp. for $1.5 billion.
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