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• The San Diego Union Tribune reports that discount supermarket Grocery Outlet "will continue its expansion into San Diego County by opening three new stores in North County by the end of next month. Grocery Outlet, which opened its first North County store in Oceanside two years ago, will open additional stores in Poway on Thursday, in Escondido on Aug. 15 and in San Marcos on Sept. 19."

• Crossmark, the Texas-based marketing company, said yesterday that it is acquiring Marketing Werks, a Chicago-based experiential marketing firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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