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Vons - The history
In 1906, Charles Von der Ahe established a 20-feet wide store in downtown Los Angeles named Von’s Groceteria. As at 1929, the business had grown to 87 stores when he sold the business to MacMarr stores. M.B. Skaggs’ Safeway acquired MacMarr Stores. Von sons Theodore and Wilfred reopened von’s grocery company in 1932.
In 1948, Von's started a pioneering store which offered pre-packaged produce, self-service, deli items, and meat. As at 1958, it had doubled in size to 27 stores, the third-largest grocery chain in the Greater Los Angeles Area. In 1960, it acquired the sixth-largest, competitor Shopping Bag, a merger that was challenged by the Federal Trade Commission on antitrust grounds. In 1966, the U.S Supreme Court ruled against Von's in the United States forcing a re-divestiture of the stores, which were sold to Fisher Foods. In 1969, the Von der Ahe family sold the chain to Household Finance Corporation. As at the year 1970, Vons had established 128 stores, becoming the 2nd largest supermarket chain behind Safeway in southern California. Vons was named official supermarket of the Summer Olympics in 1984.
Safeway sold the majority of its stores in southern Nevada and southern California to Vons in exchange for an ownership stake in 1988. In April 1997, Safeway exercises its option to obtain full control of the company, and Vons has since operated as a subsidiary. The Vons stores use most of the Safeway brands and advertising campaigns.
VONS store (Woodland Hills, CA) before closing and reopening in late 2015 as Haggen, then shutting down and remodeling in 2017 as Bristol Farms.
Cerberus Capital Management consented to terms to purchase Vons' parent, Safeway in March 2014. Cerberus' plans to merge the chains would probably result in store closures, particularly with both Vons and Albertsons having a major presence in Southern California. In late 2014, the FTC mandated that the new Albertson's/Safeway union sell off almost 200 stores to allow for adequate competition in markets where both Albertson’s and Safeway stores had existed in price competition. One of the key buyers was Bellingham, Washington-based Haggen grocers, which rebranded the newly purchased stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Nevada in early 2015 only to closed the affected stores just months later after Haggen was forced into bankruptcy because of purchasing the new stores.