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Edible Arrangements to open 150 locations in 2011

BY CSA STAFF

Wallingford, Conn. — Edible Arrangements announced on Tuesday aggressive expansion plans, with the goal of opening 150 new locations in 2011, and 200 additional locations in 2012.

During the next several weeks, 19 stores are scheduled to open in 10 states and two Canadian Provinces.

Additionally, two international locations are expected to open soon in Saudi Arabia and another in Oman. Currently, Edible Arrangements has over 934 open locations, including in 10 countries outside the United States and Puerto Rico.

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Publix to close all 40 Little Clinic in-store units

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St. Petersburg, Fla. — Publix Super Markets said Tuesday it is closing all 40 of its Little Clinics – in-store mini-clinics offering minor medical treatments – after five years in operation.

According to an item in the St. Petersburg Times, 10 of the 12 locations in the Tampa Bay area have closed, and the remainder will be closed on yet-to-be-determined dates.

The report said that private equity firm Solera Capital, which sold the rest of its Little Clinic network in other states to Kroger last year, is exploring its next step for Florida. Publix decided to terminate the leases to "focus on its core food and pharmacy" businesses.

"We have not decided how to use the space," Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten told the newspaper.

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Report: Asda to debut George stores

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Belfast, Ireland — A report in the Belfast Telegraph Tuesday said that Wal-Mart-owned supermarket chain Asda has released plans to open its first George stores overseas as it looks to turn the fashion label into a global retail brand.

The chain has set up a team at George’s Lutterworth, Leicestershire base to explore entering into franchise arrangements for the first time. According to the report, George expects to announce its first partner in the Middle East in the next few months, followed by store openings in the first half of 2012.

The George label already trades in six countries in stores run by Walmart, but the business now hopes to step up its expansion by opening specialist George outlets in new markets overseas through franchise agreements.

Asda CEO Andy Clarke said: "George is a key driver in our ambition to grow our general merchandise businesses."

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