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READER FEEDBACK: Ralphs to close 1 Castaic grocery store


Posted: January 12, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 12, 2014 2:00 a.m.

One of The Signal’s top-trending stories this week was about the Ralphs supermarket closing March 7 in Castaic near Lake Hughes Road.

Many readers generated a lively debate about the unionized grocery stores, mergers, low pay for employees and “corporate greed.” Jumping off the union topic, many readers went on to discuss the aerospace industry and whether Boeing will build airplanes in Long Beach, Seattle or move out of state altogether.

We’ve published excerpts from some of the other readers’ comments regarding the closure below:

“It’d be a great location for a Trader Joe’s.”

“I would be happy with a Stater Brothers.”

“That is sad for the seniors who live right behind the market and often rely on it for all their groceries.”

“This is bad news. My mom lives in the Senior Village and uses her power chair to get over and purchase her groceries. This store also has a Wells Fargo, so she will miss out on banking too. Just a comment about the Senior Center... There is approximately 1 parking space for every 3 units. In other words, most residents don't have cars and definitely need to have a grocery store within walking distance.”

“When Ralphs opened the second store in Castaic, they were both profitable for a few years. What hurt business was the Walmart a couple miles south at the new 126 Newhall Ranch Road extension. That Walmart carries everything Ralphs does at lower prices.”

“I stopped shopping at union markets after the last strike. All I know is that I save a fortune on produce and meat and the employees seem happier.”

“Many seem to have forgotten that there once was a large planned community known as North Lake, which seems to me the reason why there were two stores in one town. The population would have supported the store and accompanying commercial development.”


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