The Ralphs grocery store at 1005 W Arrow Highway in San Dimas closed Friday afternoon, August 30, 2013 according to the sign posted on the window. The property, which is owned by Ralphs Grocery Company, is part of a larger center known as San Dimas Plaza which is mostly owned by Brixmor Property Group out of Carlsbad, California. San Dimas Plaza also has Rite Aid, Big 5 Sporting Goods, TJ Maxx, and a number of inline stores. The center is a total of approximately 187,000 square feet.
The Ralphs chain is owned by The Kroger Company which operates 2,419 stores in 31 states under the name brands of Ralph’s, Kroger, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Smith’s, and more.
The vacating of such a large store seems to be indicative of the changing nature of the grocery industry in Southern California. Walmart, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts and ethnic grocers have steadily eaten into the market share of the old standbys like Ralphs, Vons, Stater Brothers and Albertsons.
Meanwhile, across the parking lot where Blockbuster used to be, Chase Bank has opened another branch in their seemingly ubiquitous expansion in the L.A. market.