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Subway opens 400 new locations in August/September, expands green offerings

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Milford, Conn. — Subway said Monday that it opened more than 400 sandwich shops during August and September in 44 countries, 36 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces.

The new restaurants account for more than 480,000 sq. ft. of retail space and bring the total number of Subways to just over 35,300 locations in 98 countries.

During the two-month period, the chain also announced the opening of five new “Green” Subway Eco-Restaurants, making 14 in all. Each is designed with environmentally friendly elements to reduce energy, water, and waste consumption in cost-effective ways.

“All of these new eco-restaurants reflect the brand’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainability,” said Elizabeth Stewart, who heads the chain’s corporate social responsibility efforts.

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Massmart to open 23 new stores over eight months

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Johannesburg, South Africa — A Bloomberg report on Sunday said that Massmart Holdings Ltd., the South African retailer controlled by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., will open 23 new outlets over the next eight months, part of its plan to not only expand its coverage area but also to add jobs in the region. The plan calls for 15,000 jobs over the next three years.

The retailer also said it will repeat a price-cut promotion at its stores.

Massmart reduced prices for 10 weeks starting in July, shortly after Wal-Mart’s acquisition of a controlling stake was approved by South African authorities.

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Walmart, T-Mobile team to introduce no-contract wireless offering

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bentonville, Ark., and Bellevue, Wash. — Walmart and T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced Monday that T-Mobile will launch a $30 unlimited web and text monthly 4G prepaid service plan to be sold exclusively in-store at more than 2,200 Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com and T-Mobile.com.

The new plan is slated for an Oct. 16 launch.

In addition, Walmart is increasing its line-up of T-Mobile phones to six, including the addition of Walmart’s first 4G prepaid handset.

“Walmart is proud to offer our customers fast and affordable mobile options, especially as texting and social networking become a regular form of communication,” said Seong Ohm, SVP entertainment for Walmart U.S.

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