Cala Foods

Cala Foods was a supermarket chain operating in San Francisco, California. Cala Foods was the sister chain to Bell Markets. Cala operated stores almost exclusively within the San Francisco city limits, with one satellite store operating 5 miles south at 555 Oceana Blvd. in Pacifica. The last Cala Foods store closed its doors on December 1, 2011.

Cala Foods
Subsidiary of The Kroger Co.
FateStore closed
SuccessorDeLano's IGA
Founded1947 (San Francisco, California)
ProductsBakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, liquor
SubsidiariesBell Markets


Cala Foods was established in 1947 by the seven brothers of the Cala family. Cala Foods acquired the QFI supermarket chain in 1973. The company merged with Bell Markets in the mid-1970s. Bell Markets was founded in the 1940s when Dominick Bell and his two brothers opened a supermarket in San Francisco.

Cala Food was the first supermarket chain in San Francisco to stay open 24 hours per day, and one of the first in the US to use checkout scanners.[1]

The Cala Foods chain was purchased by the Yucaipa Companies in 1988.[1] In 1994, Cala became a division of the Ralphs Grocery Company when Ralphs merged with Yucaipa. In August 2006, Ralphs reached an agreement to sell 11 of 13 Cala and Bell stores back to Harley DeLano, previous manager of the chain. While DeLano retains the right to use the Cala and Bell store names, Kroger retains ownership of the names themselves. In January 2007, DeLano Retail Partners took control of all but one Cala Foods Store and immediately rebranded the stores to DeLano's IGA. In late 2010, it was announced that Delano's was struggling financially and that the majority of DeLano's IGA locations would be closing.[2]

The store at the intersection of California and Hyde streets on San Francisco's Nob Hill was operated by Kroger and represented the last Cala Foods Store until its closure on December 1, 2011. It was originally slated to close at the end of 2010, but remained open one additional year.[3]

Following concerns that the distinctive building would be torn down, Trader Joe's instead opened a branch within it in 2012.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Cala Foods and Bell Markets".
  2. ^ Said, Carolyn; Casey Newton (2010-11-30). "End of line for some DeLano's markets". San Francisco Chronicle.
  3. ^ Nevius, CW (September 18, 2008). "Supermarkets an endangered species in S.F." The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
  4. ^ Kuchar, Sally (November 29, 2012). "Trader Joe's Nob Hill". Curbed – San Francisco. Retrieved July 24, 2018.

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