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  • The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that Meijer plans to open at least three new stores in the Cincinnati market, as it looks to cater to “underserved markets in the shadow of a fast-expanding Wal-Mart” that plans to have at least 20 new supercenters there.

  • The Dallas Business Journal reported that this year Dollar General plans to open at least 30 of its Market concept stores, which feature a broader selection of groceries than its traditional units. Analysts tell the paper that the Dollar General Market format is designed to help the company compete more effectively with Wal-Mart’s Neighborhood Market stores.

    However, while the company plans to build 30 of the stores in several markets, it plans to open 700 new stores in total during 2005 – which means that a more extensive grocery selection is still just a small part of the company’s overall strategy.

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