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• Meijer Inc. has opened a new “green store” prototype in Michigan, which CEO Hank Meijer described as embodying “design and construction practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact on the environment and on our customers." The store is built on a former landfill and includes efficient heating and cooling systems and illumination systems as well as low-irrigation landscaping. It will reportedly be certified as a LEED building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the US Green Building Council.

• The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Marsh Supermarkets, which is converting two of its Cincinnati-area LoBill stores to its Marsh Hometown Market format, also plans to convert four Indianapolis-area stores to from LoBill to the Marsh banner.

• In Ireland, Superquinn reportedly has sold six of its properties and will now lease them back – a move that the company estimates will bring it close to $200 million (US). Simon Burke, the company CEO, said the funds would be used to pay down the debt acquired when the chain’s ownership. Select Retail Holdings, acquired Superquinn from its founder, Feargal Quinn, in 2005.

• The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Kroger will build a private label soy milk processing plant in Hutchinson, Kansas.
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