SMART & FINAL,Vernon, Calif., said last week it expects to begin construction during the fourth quarter of 1998 on a new 517,000-square-foot state-of-the-art distribution center to replace several antiquated facilities in downtown Los Angeles. The 24-acre site, located in City of Commerce, Calif., is adjacent to the offices of Certified Grocers of California, as previously reported in SN.
ALBERTSON'S, Boise, Idaho, said last week it has reopened three Texas stores it purchased from Randalls Food Markets, Houston. The stores are located in College Station and Round Rock, in the general vicinity of Austin, and Pasadena, near Houston. Albertson's said the stores in College Station and Round Rock replaced two smaller stores.
A&P, Montvale, N.J., is being sued for $19.7 million by Kalim A.R. Muhammed, a onetime employee of its former Family Mart subsidiary in Alabama. Muhammed charges the retailer concealed evidence, which he said cost him a victory in a previous legal matter involving allegations of off-the-clock work -- a matter on appeal before the Alabama Supreme Court. The latest lawsuit, filed last month in the Circuit Court of Montgomery, Ala., also charges A&P with discrimination for reassigning two Caucasian employees of a closed Family Mart to work at another store but not reassigning Muhammed, who is black, according to his suit. A&P officials declined comment on the suit last week.
BOSTON CHICKEN, Denver, said last week it is expanding its test of more complete meal solutions with the opening of a second Boston Market test store in Charlotte, N.C.