1982: Ron Burkle forms Yucaipa Capital Group; tries to acquire Stater Bros. Markets, where his father had been president, but is unsuccessful.
1986: Yucaipa acquires Jurgensen's Grocery Co., an old-line Southern California retailer.
1987: Yucaipa sells Jurgensen's and buys Falley's, Topeka, Kan.; also invests in Almacs Supermarkets, East Providence, R.I.
1988: Yucaipa buys Cala Foods, a small Northern California chain.
1989: Yucaipa buys Bell Markets in Norther