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Open Von's Market in Granada Hills
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Charles Theodore Von der Ahe was born in Denmark on August 29, 1882. His family moved to the United States in 1889, and they eventually settled in Illinois. Von der Ahe became an American businessman, an innovator in the grocery business in Southern California. He founded the Vons supermarket chain in Southern California. In 1906 he opened Von's Groceteria, his first store at the corner of 7th and Figueroa streets in Downtown Los Angeles. The chain eventually grew to more than 325 stores. He died on June 4, 1973.
Photograph caption dated November 16, 1960 reads "Granada Hills civic leaders join officials from the Von's Grocery Company in cutting ribbon for new Von's supermarket at 16225 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Granada Hills. From left are, Will Von der Ahe, Von's senior vice president; Charles A. Von der Ahe, Von's founder; Jim Wamples, market manager; Susan Onaitis, Miss Granada Hills; Mrs. Robert Wilson and Robert Wilson, developers; W. R. Hayden, Von's executive vice president; Ted Von der Ahe, Von's president, and Lawson Riddle, president of the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Von der Ahe, Charles,--1882-1973
Von der Ahe, Charles,--1882-1973--Family
Vons Companies
Vons Companies--Employees
Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce--Presidents
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Businessmen--California--Los Angeles
Fathers and sons--California--Los Angeles
Civic leaders--California--Los Angeles
Beauty contestants--California--Los Angeles
Dedications--California--Granada Hills (Los Angeles)
Municipal officials and employees, Honorary--California--Los Angeles
Scissors and shears--California--Los Angeles
Ribbons--California--Los Angeles
Granada Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Valley Times Collection photographs
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