The strike at Nob Hill grocery stores, which saw picketers outside shops in Monterey and Salinas, ended early Tuesday.
Raley's Family of Fine Stores, which owns Nob Hill, reached a tentative agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers after nine days of strikes.
Union members were asked to go back to work at 10 a.m., said UFCW Local 5 Political Director Anthony Alexander.
"We stood for protecting our good jobs and health care," Alexander said.
He said the union's strike fund was used to help workers during the nine days but was unsure yet how much was spent.
In a news release, Raley's President Mike Teel thanked employees and "the many customers who continued to support us."
"As one of the last large family-owned grocery chains, it will be great to have everyone back working again," he wrote.
This was the first strike in the history of the 77-year-old company.
Details of the agreement will not be made public until it is ratified by the union. A date has not been set for a vote, Alexander said.
"Those members out on the line," he said, "they're awesome."
David Palmer, Raley's vice president of marketing and consumer relations, said sales were improving after the strike but declined to give exact figures.
"Customers are coming back, sales are building to pre-strike levels," he said. "Both customers and employees are excited to be getting things back to normal.
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