Kroger, parent of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, to hire 20,000 workers

Kroger, owner of Ralphs and other chains, announced a hiring spree Friday. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

By ANDREW KHOURIcontact the reporter

Kroger, owner of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, says it will add 20,000 jobs

Kroger Co., owner of the Ralphs and Food 4 Less chains, said Friday that it plans to hire 20,000 workers across its vast supermarket holdings.

The hiring spree could provide a boost to the Southern California labor market. Ralphs and Food 4 Less have hundreds of stores across the Southland.

Kroger did not say where the 20,000 positions would be located or what sort of jobs they were, other than being “permanent positions.”

It also did not give a time line for the hiring.

A Kroger spokesman did not return a call seeking comment.

Related story: Supermarket wages have declined nearly 25% since 1999, study says Marc Lifsher

The nation’s largest supermarket chain has been on a growth spurt lately. The Cincinnati company last year acquired North Carolina grocery chain Harris Teeter.

In July, Kroger said it was buying, an online seller of health-oriented products.