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June 30, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Albertson's Inc. said Tuesday that it will lay off an undisclosed number of workers at its Brea distribution center after its sale of stores to win regulatory approval for its $9.8-billion acquisition of American Stores Co. Michael Read, spokesman for the Idaho-based Albertson's, declined to say how many workers might lose jobs at the center, which has about 760 employees, mostly warehouse workers and drivers.
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August 13, 1999 | Leslie Earnest
Stater Bros. Inc., which is nearly doubling its presence in Orange County by acquiring 14 Albertson's and Lucky supermarkets, will reopen three of them Saturday. They will be the first to reopen in Orange County under the Stater Bros. name since the Colton-based chain announced the deal in June. The stores were put on the block when Albertson's Inc. sought to gain regulatory approval to acquire Lucky's parent, American Stores Co., in a $9.8-billion deal.
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NEWS
January 19, 1994 | AILEEN CHO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were 40 miles from their usual grocery store, but Dennis and Cathy Vandervort weren't taking any chances. They needed water, and as they returned Tuesday to their quake-damaged Sherman Oaks home after spending the night with a friend in Santa Ana, they figured they'd better get it wherever they could. "We decided we'd better stop here on the way back," Cathy Vandervort said as she loaded three one-gallon jugs of Sparkletts water into her shopping cart at a Seal Beach grocery.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Albertson's Inc. said Tuesday that it will lay off an undisclosed number of workers at its Brea distribution center after its sale of stores to win regulatory approval for its $9.8-billion acquisition of American Stores Co. Michael Read, spokesman for the Idaho-based Albertson's, declined to say how many workers might lose jobs at the center, which has about 760 employees, mostly warehouse workers and drivers.
BUSINESS
September 10, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Teamsters and Lucky Still Without Agreement: Working against a Sunday night deadline, negotiators for the union and Lucky Stores remained locked in a contract dispute centering on job security for workers who warehouse and deliver goods to 235 Lucky supermarkets in Southern California. Teamsters leaders say their 1,695 members could strike as early as 12:01 a.m. Monday, when the existing labor contract expires.
BUSINESS
December 24, 1992 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
New Smith's Store: Smith's Food & Drug Centers has opened a new market in La Habra, its 17th since re-entering the Southern California market last year. The new store is at Beach Boulevard and Imperial Highway. Other Smith's stores in Orange County are in Fullerton, Garden Grove, Stanton and Yorba Linda. As it has done in other communities, the chain has started a recycling program in conjunction with local schools. The store opening also created 95 jobs that drew 2,200 applicants.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1991 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
Store Dedication: The first of what is likely to become several massive Smith's Food & Drug Centers in Orange County will be dedicated Thursday in the Fullerton Marketplace. The stores are designed as one-stop centers where shoppers will find everything from light bulbs to take-out Chinese food in 21 departments. Smith's stores are about twice the size of an average supermarket. The new Smith's store in Fullerton will open to the public Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though Acords Market isn't scheduled to close until next year, loyal shoppers are already lamenting the loss of a venerable Laguna Beach institution where residents have bought their groceries and stayed in touch for more than 50 years. Acords and other independent markets have struggled for decades against big supermarket chains in a grueling competition that has driven many mom-and-pop grocers out of business. Nonetheless, dozens of others are surviving--and in some cases thriving.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1999 | Leslie Earnest
Stater Bros. Inc., which is nearly doubling its presence in Orange County by acquiring 14 Albertson's and Lucky supermarkets, will reopen three of them Saturday. They will be the first to reopen in Orange County under the Stater Bros. name since the Colton-based chain announced the deal in June. The stores were put on the block when Albertson's Inc. sought to gain regulatory approval to acquire Lucky's parent, American Stores Co., in a $9.8-billion deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A renovated supermarket just outside Leisure World opened for business Wednesday, much to the relief of retirement community residents who have been without a neighborhood market for four months. "I'm pleased to have it back," said Leisure World resident Rita Hammer as she inspected the market's new facade. "It's nice to have a place close by." The Seal Beach Market, in the Leisure Center on Seal Beach Boulevard, replaces the Leisure Market, which lost its lease in April and was forced to close.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though Acords Market isn't scheduled to close until next year, loyal shoppers are already lamenting the loss of a venerable Laguna Beach institution where residents have bought their groceries and stayed in touch for more than 50 years. Acords and other independent markets have struggled for decades against big supermarket chains in a grueling competition that has driven many mom-and-pop grocers out of business. Nonetheless, dozens of others are surviving--and in some cases thriving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The president of the Ralphs supermarket chain on Monday praised three employees who tried to fight off an attack by what police call a skinhead gang and condemned the incident as an "outrage" that must be prosecuted. Al Marasca, the president of Ralphs Grocery Co., said his employees acted courageously as they attempted to defend themselves from six males who reportedly walked into the store in the middle of the night and started a fight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1996 | LESLIE EARNEST
The fact that Acords Market soon will be closing, replaced by a trendy Wild Oats Community Market, is stirring emotions like those when a best friend moves away. In fact, loyal customers say that losing Acords will be like bidding farewell to a store full of friends: the cashier who doesn't ask for identification when you cash a check, the butcher who shares your passion for football, the neighbor in the produce department who asks about your family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1996 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six males described as "skinheads" and wearing steel-toed boots were arrested early Sunday after they allegedly walked into a supermarket and attacked three employees in what authorities called a random act of violence. The employees of Ralphs, who ranged in age from 31 to 46, suffered injuries including a broken nose, black eyes, injured ribs, and cuts and bruises, said Lt. Charles Walters of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. None of the injuries were considered serious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1995 | BERT ELJERA
After a three-month fight, residents have successfully blocked a proposal to open a supermarket selling ethnic food in their neighborhood near Brookhurst Street and McFadden Avenue. The City Council last week denied a permit to two Vietnamese businessmen who sought to convert a former clothing store to an Asian supermarket at a shopping center on Brookhurst Street.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Food 4 Less and Ralphs Grocery Co. executives will meet this morning to start determining which parts of their grocery chain empire will be sold or closed in the wake of their companies' $1.5-billion merger. The deal, made final on Wednesday, gave the new company control over 27% of Southern California's grocery market. The company, to retain the Ralphs Grocery Co. name, surpasses longtime market leader Vons in total stores and sales.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1995 | BERT ELJERA
After a three-month fight, residents have successfully blocked a proposal to open a supermarket selling ethnic food in their neighborhood near Brookhurst Street and McFadden Avenue. The City Council last week denied a permit to two Vietnamese businessmen who sought to convert a former clothing store to an Asian supermarket at a shopping center on Brookhurst Street.
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 10, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Teamsters and Lucky Still Without Agreement: Working against a Sunday night deadline, negotiators for the union and Lucky Stores remained locked in a contract dispute centering on job security for workers who warehouse and deliver goods to 235 Lucky supermarkets in Southern California. Teamsters leaders say their 1,695 members could strike as early as 12:01 a.m. Monday, when the existing labor contract expires.
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