On the site yesterday branch stemmed out (as it so often does) into a larger discussion of the local business options.
One of the side discussions was the Ralph's on Lake Avenue, one of two major grocery stores in Altadena. As many have noted on the site, the Ralph's is small, but with a large vacant lot next door, the store could easily expand without cutting out any parking capacity.
Ed Meyers, of the local branch of the Chamber of Commerce, took the initiative to make some calls to the Ralph's management and their corporate headquarters to discuss the problems with the branch. From his comments on the site:
OK, called Ralphs HQ. For now, I only spoke to a customer srv. person. Explained the situation at our Ralphs. Said there's no service deli, no bakery, no seafood/meat dep't (I think there's a small room in the back where they grind or cut some meat). Customer srv person asked me, "What DO they have if they don't have that?"
Got my c/b from Ralphs. Local store director would also like to see an expansion. She gets many requests for such.
I would recommend that shoppers go to our local Ralphs, ask to see Kris/Chris the store director and make your request.
An even better way is to call Ralphs at 888-437-3496. Go thru the phone menu until you get to a live operator. Explain what you'd like Ralphs to do. A msg will be sent to both the store director and a Division Supervisor.
While nothing is guaranteed, let's start here and see what happens.
As Ed writes, "nothing is guaranteed" but for those of you who would like to see changes at the store, what would those changes be? Are there any readers out there who go out of their way to go to other stores to shop because of the lack of selection at that Ralph's? What sort of improvements would you like to see there as a shopper?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.