LOS ANGELES -- For Gelson's Markets, an eight-store operator in this market, the pending merger of two of southern California's largest chains may open up some growth opportunities. Allan Scharn, president of the upscale Gelson's operation, recently told a Food Industries Sales Managers Club luncheon here that he believes the new company that results from the merger of Ralphs Grocery Co., Compton, Calif., with Food 4 Less Supermarkets, La Habra, Calif., may sell some stores. This could be a ...

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