COMPTON, Calif. -- At the end of this week, Ralphs Grocery Co. here is scheduled to complete a plan to lay off about 1,000 employees, or roughly 3.8% of its 26,000-member work force. The layoffs, announced last week, will affect mostly part-time employees, and no further layoffs are anticipated "at this time," the company reported. Ralphs plans to open 15 to 17 new stores over the next year, and under the terms of the union agreement it's possible that laid-off employees could be recalled ...

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