How Ralphs, TJ's and Smart & Final Got Their Names
I sat down with Good Food host Evan Kleiman in 2013 to talk about the little-known history behind some Los Angeles supermarket chains. Did you know George Albert Ralphs was a champion bricklayer until he lost an arm in a hunting accident? That there really was a Mr. Smart and a Mr. Final... and a Trader Joe? That "Vons" once had an apostrophe, and no one knows where it went? I learned a lot in preparing for this discussion.