LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — South Los Angeles residents, union members and community activists will rally Thursday to protest the expected closure of a Ralph’s supermarket.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports the protest comes on the heels of the second closure of a local Ralph’s market within the last couple of months.

Activists with the Community Coalition and other groups say the company has demonstrated “poor and unfair business practices” in the community, including allegedly selling rotten food and low-quality products.

The store on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Western Avenue will close its doors on June 21, and local shoppers say they’re going to miss it.

“I’m very disappointed because this has been in our community for a very long time,” said one resident.

“This is an ongoing problem, particularly around food justice, and now there’s a food desert in South Los Angeles,” Terri Boysaw with Community Coalition said.

Ralphs spokeswoman Kendra Doyel said no jobs will be lost as the store moves into an expanded location at 5080 Rodeo Road in Baldwin Hills.

The protest is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m.


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