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• The Seattle Times reports that Portland-based New Seasons has signed a deal to open a new store in Seattle, late next year.

The store will be in the Central District, and will be its third in the market; its first is operating on Mercer Island, and a second is expected to open in Ballard next year.

The Times notes that the announcement has not been met with universal enthusiasm because some see it as reflecting a gentrification that is not always welcome. The Times writes that “the Central District was majority African American in the 1960s, but today, due to gentrification, is roughly 60 percent white. Many protests against gentrification have erupted in the district in the past few years … Some residents of the Central District already are preparing to mourn the closing of a locally owned Red Apple, a nearby grocer on a block that was bought by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate and will be bulldozed this year to build a mixed-use project with 570 apartments. The announced closing inspired an oral history project of people’s stories about the store, which the project’s organizers call ‘a community center masquerading as a grocery store’.”

Progress isn’t always easy or pretty. While I’m not sure this is the case here, it often is the case that when stores are closed, people who haven’t shopped there very much suddenly find reasons to be sentimental about them. It always has been my experience with New Seasons that it is an improvement over most other stores, and that it does it best to forge and maintain connections to the communities it serves. It sounds to me like the Central District may be a perfect place for a New Seasons, and if the folks there give it a chance, they may find that New Seasons is a perfect store for them.

MarketWatch reports on new Kantar Worldpanel numbers showing that during the last quarter in the UK, Aldi’s market share has grown from 6.2 percent to 6.9 percent, while Lidl’s has grown from 4.6 percent to 5.,3 percent.

During the same period, the story says, Tesco’s market share went from 28.1 percent to 27.8 percent, Sainsbury’s went from 15.9 to 15.7 percent, Walmart-owned Asda’s share went from 15.7 percent to 15.4 percent, William Morrison’s went from 10.4 percent to 10.3 percent, and Waitrose’s market share remained unchanged at 5.3 percent.

Bloomberg reports that “Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is poised to revise its agreement to buy individual Rite Aid Corp. stores, a move that may be enough to resolve outstanding antitrust concerns and clinch U.S. approval for a deal the companies have been pursuing in different forms for two years, said people familiar with the matter. Walgreens is in the final stage of negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission about its plan to buy more than 2,000 Rite Aid stores and is set to propose a modified deal that could be announced as soon as Monday.”
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