December 2, 2003 |
California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said Monday that he would investigate whether supermarket companies violated antitrust laws by agreeing to share profits and losses during the grocery workers' strike. His announcement came as the United Food and Commercial Workers union and the three companies prepared to return to the bargaining table and as the effects of a week-old Teamsters sympathy strike rippled through stores in Southern California.
November 27, 2003 |
Just as pressure builds on the grocery workers, the toll on the supermarkets keeps climbing by millions of dollars a day, especially now that Thanksgiving has arrived and Christmas is approaching. The holiday period represents about 10% of annual sales for the three chains in the labor dispute. The companies -- Albertsons Inc., Kroger Co.'s Ralphs and Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions -- are together losing $40 million a week in sales to a group of eight smaller chains, including Stater Bros.
November 22, 2003 |
The Super Bowl of shopping kicks off this weekend as Southern Californians prep for Thanksgiving, but it could be a turkey for the biggest supermarket chains. The supermarket strike has disrupted holiday routines for shoppers -- and for grocery stores that usually rely on sales of all the trimmings for as much as 10% of their annual totals. "The labor dispute has turned things on its head," said Terry O'Neil, spokesman for the Ralphs chain, which is owned by Kroger Co.
November 14, 2003 |
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is adapting what it does best -- political organizing -- to the regionwide supermarket strike, which is about to enter its sixth week. Using targeted mailings, recorded messages from union leaders and precinct walkers, the federation is appealing to women to stay out of Vons, Pavilions and Albertsons stores leading up to the busy Thanksgiving shopping week.
January 21, 1995 |
Abandoning its stake in warehouse-style retailing, Vons Cos. said Friday it will close all eight of its discount EXPO stores and expand its more upscale Pavilions chain in a bid to boost profits. The EXPO stores--in Victorville, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Fontana, Colton, El Monte, Montebello and Pomona--are set to close Sunday. The company said it will convert most of the EXPO sites to Vons stores.
May 12, 1994 |
Home Grocery Shopping: Most Vons Pavilions shoppers in Orange County can now take advantage of the grocery store's shop-from-home program. "Customers can complete their shopping list at Pavilions whenever it's convenient," Vons Vice President Phil Hawkins said. "Pavilions is always looking for ways to provide customers with services to make their shopping experience more convenient." Vons has contracted with Shoppers Express, a company based in Bethesda, Md.