Vons Pavilions. Downtown Los Angeles was essentially a small town when Charles Von der Ahe opened his 20-foot wide Groceteria on the corner of 7th and Figueroa in 1906 with $1,200 in savings. It was a neighborhood store that catered to the needs of local families, where Von der Ahe pioneered “cash and carry” as an alternative to “charge and delivery”. His formula proved so successful that by 1928 Vons had expanded to 87 stores. Charles Von der Ahe sold his chain the following year, but four years later, despite the Depression, two of his sons, Ted and Will re-started Vons. Its growth and innovation over the next 70 years was non-stop. In 1948 the brothers opened their most ambitious store at the corner of Santa Barbara and Crenshaw. Thanks to the introduction of pre-packaged perishables, they were able to offer some of the first self-service produce, meat and deli departments. This milestone marked the advent of the first true supermarkets as we know them today. The most explosive growth occurred during the 1970’s when Vons branched out to 159 stores with 16,000 employees, making it firmly the #1 grocery retailer in Southern California. Today the Vons operation, which includes Pavilions stores, is now a part of the Safeway family of companies. Vons stretches from San Diego to Fresno, from Clark County, Nevada to the Pacific. Its 325 stores serve millions of Southern Californians and Nevadans.
Miller Griangrande. Founded in 1964. The firm’s founding partners, Glenn H. Miller & Karel Lindemans, believed in a philosophy of developing a close, long-term relationship with clients, working hard, looking out for the client’s interest first, maintaining high quality, and becoming trusted advisors. This philosophy continues today.Recently, the firm was included in the Orange County Business Journal’s top CPA firms in the county . Miller Giangrande LLP is one of only four such firms located in north Orange County.In keeping with our philosophy of quality, we are a member of the American Institute of Certified Accountants division for CPA Firms Private Companies Practice Section. Every three years our quality controls are examined by specially trained CPA’s from other firms. We believe these peer reviews assist us in maintaining the high quality standards we have established from the firm.Today the world is rapidly changing. Companies are looking for high-quality, efficient, value- added services from their professional service providers. In this environment, the original philosophy of the firm’s founders has proven to be just as needed as it was in 1964.