MALIBU—Ralphs in Malibu reopened on Friday, May 31, commemorating the store’s new upgrades. The newly renovated Ralphs store features new deli case services, expanded cases for fresh meat and seafood, expanded spaces to hold more organic products, and new wet racks in produce.

Ralphs President Mike Murphy praised the Malibu Ralphs Senior Store Manager Chelle Lujan. Lujan was named to Progressive Grocer’s Magazine’s “Top Women In Grocery” for her leadership among Ralphs employees and in the Malibu community, especially during the Woolsey Fire.

Ralphs donated $1,000 to the United Methodist Church of Malibu to aid in hunger relief in the local community as part of Kroger’s Zero Hunger Zero Waste initiative. Mayor Jefferson Wagner joined Ralphs President Mike Murphy and Ralphs Senior Store Manager Chelle Lujan in presenting the $1,000 check to the Former Director of Malibu Methodist Nursery School Kay Gabbard.

Ralphs was founded in 1873 and currently operates 243 markets from its headquarters in Los Angeles, California. Ralphs is the largest subsidiary of the Cincinnati-based company Kroger. Kroger is one of the United States largest food retailers. In 2018, Ralphs contributed to more than $6 million to support education, women’s health, hunger relief, and other nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the Ralph’s company stores.

Malibu United Methodist Church is a compassionate community whose mission is to deepen their relationship with God in Christ, with one another, and with all God’s children through worship, fellowship, service, and transforming love according to their website. Malibu United Methodist Church is part of mission area 6 which includes Methodist Churches of the Conejo Valley. Together they work to increase their impact in the local communities and beyond.

Over the years they have established a build team to Oklahoma, Habitat builds, UMCOR health kits, Many Mansions support, refugee assistance, and the concerts for Imagine No Malaria, East Congo Women’s center, and the fire victims.