COMPTON, Calif. -- The 125-year history of Ralphs Grocery Co. here began by accident -- a hunting accident that shattered the left arm of George Albert Ralphs. y clerk at a market in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. In 1873 Ralphs bought out the store's owner for $2,000, took his two brothers as partners and renamed the 7,300-square-foot store Ralphs Bros. Grocers. The founder pursued a basic principle in developing his business: "If we don't want it on our tables, we don't want it in ...

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