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• Supermarket chain Big Y Foods and FL Roberts & Co. - which owns and directly operates a network of automotive service companies, including convenience stores, truck fueling facilities, car washes, and Jiffy Lube locations - announced yesterday that they will partner "to develop their own brand of convenience stores with fuel under the name Big Y Express. The first facility will open in this fall in Lee at Exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike."

• The Boston Globe reports that Dunkin' Donuts has signed franchise agreements that will result in its coffee-and-doughnuts shops being opened in the UK for the first time. as many as 50 are expected to be opened in the London area in the next five years.

The move comes as Dunkin' Donuts is in the middle of a Southern California expansion that is expected to result in 45 stores being opened there.

"The thinking seems to be," the Globe writes, "that if only folks around the country and abroad had easy access to its menu line-up, Dunkin’ Donuts would be as popular elsewhere as it is in its home territory of the New England."
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