The Ralphs chain of supermarkets has long been cherished by Angelenos. Ralphs is one of the oldest chain of grocery stores in the west, having been established in 1873, and introduced the concept of allowing customers to walk freely to choose their own purchases. So ubiquitous were their locations that one was featured in The Big Lebowski.
The chain has taken a backseat to innovating since the 1990s, when it became a part of the Kroger family of supermarkets. This was to the shoppers' advantage......