In the brutal world of the California supermarket chains, Ralph's has proven to be the slow, aging gazelle among the rest of the herd. So it was not entirely suprising that they decided to completely pullout of several Northern California areas (like Sacramento) earlier this year. What has been weird is the way they have done it.
Red Tag liquidation clearance sales. 20% off all meat. Closing parts of the store with strange curtains. Staying open past usual hours.
I took these pictures at the Ralph's near my house. It's eerie being in the store since only half of the aisles are stocked.
Not that any of this stops me from shopping there. Cheap liquor is cheap liquor, afterall. I just make sure and check the expiration dates of everything.