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The last grocery strike opened the door for supermarket upstarts. What happens if there's another strike?

The last grocery strike opened the door for supermarket upstarts. What happens if there's another strike?

The Southern California grocery strike in 2003 and 2004 shook up the region’s supermarkets, paving the way for new chains, ethnic markets and even dollar stores to thrive.

Now, as unions representing Southland grocery workers are again threatening to strike, Ralphs and Albertsons are hoping to avoid another stoppage that steers customers to their growing field of rivals.

About 47,000 of the region’s grocery clerks, stockers and other workers at Ralphs and Albertsons, which also owns Safeway, Vons and Pavilions, could vote on Monday to authorize a strike.

The stakes are enormous in Southern California, which generates some $44 billion a year...

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