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Westchester Magazine reports that Wegmans has determined when its new store in Harrison, New York, which will serve both suburban Westchester County and southeastern Fairfield County, will open: Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Hiring already has begun for 220 full-time employees, with another 280 part-time positions still needing to be filled.

The magazine notes that if the recent "Brooklyn opening was anything to judge by, you may want to set up your tents and sleeping bags out front in early May."


• The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that Kroger has launched a plant-based meats brand, Simple Truth Emerge: Plant Based Fresh Meats, which it says consists of 50 SKUs and now is available in stores nationwide.

According to the story, "The product line capitalizes on the growing dietary trend by offering fresh burger patties and grinds (similar to ground beef without the meat) at affordable prices. Simple Truth Emerge expands on Kroger’s Simple Truth Plant Based products it launched last year."


• In Oregon, Willamette Week writes that "in just a few months, the city of Portland will begin investing the proceeds from a groundbreaking new tax on large companies … The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund, or PCEF, will raise as much as $60 million a year from a new tax on big retailers. The money is supposed to supply clean, efficient energy and jobs to people the city has long slighted.

"The overarching goals: to provide members of underserved communities with valuable skills while insulating, caulking and tweaking inefficient heating and cooling systems and installing rooftop solar panels at the homes of low-income Portlanders."

The story notes that the tax was passed by a wide margin in a 2016 ballot initiative, and "at its core, the concept transfers wealth from big corporations such as Walmart to low-income Portlanders of color."


The Hill reports that "As part of its Mental Health Matters campaign, Starbucks announced free subscriptions to meditation app Headspace for its employees." Headspace is described as "a downloadable app that offers guided meditation tutorials and encourages taking several minutes a day to meditate and be mindful."

However, the story notes, "while some employees appreciate the support, others think more tangible benefits, like higher wages, would be more helpful."


Reuters reports that "Impossible Foods is no longer trying to win a coveted deal to supply McDonald’s Corp with plant-based burgers."

The reason: it says it "cannot produce enough of its imitation meat to partner with the world’s No. 1 fast-food chain."

Rival Beyond Meat, however, says it continues to negotiate with McDonald's, and would have no problem keeping up with demand.
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