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Sheetz Debuts Convenient Prototype

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Altoona, Pa., Convenience could take on a whole new standard, as convenience store operator Sheetz unveils a 6,000-sq.-ft. prototype in Danville, Pa., described by the company as its “vision for the future.” The new unit will open this Wednesday.

Digital menu boards and electronic touch-screen order kiosks are high-tech new options. Food orders can be placed at the gas pumps via touch-screen terminals, and a professional barista will staff the espresso bar inside.

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Pantry Acquires 23 Stores

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Sanford, N.C., The Pantry completed the acquisition of 23 Sentry Food Mart c-stores in Virginia. The stores had been owned by Angus I. Hines and generated revenue of $122 million in 2004. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Whole Foods Announces Plans for London Flagship

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Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market announced today that it plans to open a 75,000-sq.-ft. flagship store in central London on Kensington High Street. The expected opening date is early 2007.

According to chairman and CEO John Mackey, the United Kingdom is an obvious choice “due to the advanced acceptance of organic foods and the lack of a language barrier.”

The world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket had acquired U.K.-based Fresh & Wild, a small chain of natural and organic food stores, in January 2004 and subsequently announced its intention to find a site for a large-format Whole Foods Market store in the London area.

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