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• PCC Community Markets, the largest consumer co-op in the country, continues its growth pattern with the announcement of plans for a new 25,000 square foot store in Bellevue, Washington, that is scheduled to open in 2020.

According to the story, “Bellevue will be the co-op’s fourth Eastside location, joining its long-established Kirkland, Issaquah and recently remodeled Redmond stores. The Bellevue project is one of several announced this year for the local, independent grocer, including Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood (2019) and Downtown Seattle (2020). PCC will also open a Madison Valley store in 2020 and reopen its West Seattle store in 2019; the co-op welcomed shoppers to the Burien PCC on May 23, 2018. In total, the co-op will grow from 11 stores today to 16 stores by 2020.”

• The Associated Press reports that “the company that once rescued the Twinkies brand is now taking over the maker of Necco Wafers The family business of billionaire Dean Metropoulos announced Friday it paid $17.3 million for the New England Confectionery Co., or Necco … Metropoulos' firm previously bought Twinkies maker Hostess out of bankruptcy in 2013.”
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