January 24, 1985
The appointment came shortly after the senior executive with Los Angeles-based Smart & Final Iris (formerly Thriftimart) disclosed in a filing with the SEC that he had acquired a 5.2% interest in the Emeryville, Calif.-based specialty retailer for investment purposes. W. Howard Lester, president and chief executive of Williams-Sonoma, owns 22.3% of the company, while James. A. McMahan, a director, owns 17.1% of the 2.6 million shares outstanding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1985 |
More than a score of fire companies from Orange and Los Angeles counties battled a huge blaze at an empty supermarket in Buena Park Thursday night, fire officials said. The fire at the vacated Vons market at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue erupted at 6:55 p.m. and threatened to spread to an adjacent drugstore before firefighters were able to control the blaze at 8:20 p.m., said Capt. Gordon Pearson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
October 11, 1992 |
A full-service grocery store could be coming to downtown if negotiations between the Grand Central Market and Brentwood-based Westward Ho Markets are successful. Westward Ho, which has eight stores in West Los Angeles, hopes to move into a 30,000-square-foot downstairs space at the historic market on Broadway. But Westward Ho owner Jerry Preston said a move into the Grand Central Market is still at least a year away and depends heavily on when a parking structure is built in the area.
August 13, 1989
When I read Harry Bernstein's labor column of Aug. 1, "Many Americans Share Miners' Problem," I was dismayed to find that untruths, half-truths and innuendoes had been so freely used to attack Smart & Final Iris Corp. and falsely portray the facts and circumstances of its current labor situation. Bernstein never requested comment from either myself or, to my knowledge, any other Smart & Final representative. Had he done so, he would have been provided the following information contradicting the "facts" presented: First, Smart & Final never "refused to continue paying health-care premiums for retirees."
July 7, 1987 |
With corporate names like Allegis, Unisys and Primerica in vogue, it is unusual to encounter a homey-sounding handle that doesn't smack of being invented by a consultant with a hyperactive computer. On the other hand, the name Smart & Final Iris, like many of the new corporate titles, does not spell out what this old-line Los Angeles company does. Explicit--like Goodyear Tire & Rubber or Campbell Soup--it's not. Nevertheless, company President Robert J.
June 6, 1985
Rexon Corp., a maker of memory devices and small-business computer systems, announced a management restructuring Wednesday--its second since receiving financing from an investor group in January. Chairman Q. T. Wiles, who is also chairman of the investment banking firm Hambrecht & Quist Inc., becomes chief executive of Culver City-based Rexon. Ben C. Wang, 61, Rexon's founder, has been named vice chairman and chief technology officer, while Michael O.