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  • Ukrop's Super Markets Inc. reportedly plans to open a 58,000 square foot store in Roanoke, Virginia, by fall 2005. It will be the company’s first store in Roanoke.


  • The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) is settling a lawsuit filed by a group of Canadian Food Basics franchisees for $32 million (US), about half of which will be used to acquire units from the franchisees. The suit had alleged that the company was not passing along vendor rebates and payments to the franchisees.


  • Ahold has reached a deal to sell its Spanish operations – consisting of close to 600 stores and generating the equivalent of $2.4 billion (US) in sales – to a private equity firm, Permira Funds, for about $844 million (US).

    Next up to be sold: the company’s Bi-Lo and Bruno’s divisions in the US.


  • Saying it needed a new facility to meet the needs of the increasing number of customers who are on gluten-free diets, Whole Foods has opened a new facility in Maryland that will produce 27 items that these shoppers will be able to eat.


  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Roundy’s is being sued by a coalition of neighbors that wants the company to be prohibited from operating a new, 1.1 million square foot Roundy’s distribution center being built in the Pabst Farms area. Of particular concern is the number of trucks that will be entering and leaving the facility each day.

    Roundy’s has responded that the facility is “state of the art,” and actually has been designed using neighborhood input.

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