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Ralphs and Food 4 Less to hire more than 2,000 Southern California workers

Ralphs and Food 4 Less to hire more than 2,000 Southern California workers
Kroger, owner of Ralphs and other chains, announced a hiring spree Friday. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)

Kroger Co., owner of the Ralphs and Food 4 Less chains, said Friday that it plans to hire 20,000 workers across its vast supermarket holdings, including more than 2,000 in Southern California.

The hiring spree should provide a boost to the Southern California labor market. Ralphs and Food 4 Less plan to hire about 2,150 workers across their more than 350 Southland stores, spokeswoman Kendra Doyel said.

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The positions are varied and are both union and nonunion positions, Doyel said. She declined to provide a salary range.

"We need some entry level and we need some more experienced" workers, she said.

Doyel said business is growing and the company has had some turnover — leading to the hiring binge.

Kroger, the nation’s largest supermarket chain, has been on a growth spurt lately. The Cincinnati company last year acquired North Carolina grocery chain Harris Teeter.

In July, Kroger said it was buying Vitacost.com, an online seller of health-oriented products.

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