HUGHES AND RALPHS TIE DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS

IRWINDALE, Calif. -- The distribution and fleet operations of Hughes Family Markets here will be integrated into the distribution systems of Ralphs Grocery Co., Compton, Calif., once the acquisition of both retailers by Fred Meyer Inc., Portland, Ore., is completed, as expected, at the end of this month.As a result, Hughes Family Markets' 600,000-square-foot distribution center here, which services

IRWINDALE, Calif. -- The distribution and fleet operations of Hughes Family Markets here will be integrated into the distribution systems of Ralphs Grocery Co., Compton, Calif., once the acquisition of both retailers by Fred Meyer Inc., Portland, Ore., is completed, as expected, at the end of this month.

As a result, Hughes Family Markets' 600,000-square-foot distribution center here, which services 57 stores, will close. Its fleet of 36 tractors and 71 trailers will be integrated int

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