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• reports that Food City announced its intention "to acquire the Cooke’s family of stores in the Greater Cleveland market area. The stores range in size from 15,000 to 35,000 sq. ft., and include five Fresh n’ Low locations and the Cooke's Food Store and Pharmacy.  Cooke's was founded in 1936, and at least for the immediate future, the plan is to maintain those banners after the acquisition closes.

In a prepared statement, Steven C. Smith Food City president, said, "We’re extremely excited to add the Cooke’s family of stores to our existing Food City locations, which have served the Cleveland community for many years. We plan to make some large investments in the greater Cleveland area to ensure the future success of our new teammates."

•  In Bend, Oregon, the Bulletin reports that "a Safeway employee who tried to disarm a gunman Sunday was fatally shot during the encounter, but police say he likely prevented more bloodshed at the east Bend grocery store.

"Donald Ray Surrett Jr., 66, of Bend, was praised for his heroic actions while trying to stop Ethan Blair Miller, said Bend Police Department spokesperson Sheila Miller at a press conference Monday.

"Moments before his encounter with Surrett, Ethan Miller, 20, of Bend, also fatally shot customer Glenn Edward Bennett, 84, of Bend, and injured two other people, police said.

"Ethan Miller killed himself as officers stormed the grocery store in The Forum Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 20 near NE 27th Street, police said … The shooter appeared to have left behind a series of violent threats on the online social reading platform Wattpad, but they have now been removed. One post said an attack was initially planned at Mountain View High School on the first day of school. Krantz said at the press conference Monday that he could not confirm the shooter’s connection to the high school."