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Whole Foods testing Wellness Club concept

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Whole Foods Market is testing membership-only Wellness Clubs in select locations, with the initial site in the chain’s store in Dedham, Mass., USA Today reported. Four additional sites are expected to open this fall.

The company is charging a one-time fee of $199, with monthly membership dues of $45, according to the report, for which members will receive lifestyle evaluations, classes in nutrition, cooking and health and 10% off on 1,000 “better-for-you” foods sold in Whole Foods.

If the test is a success, Whole Foods will launch the concept in most of its stores, according to the report.

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Report: Former Rite Aid vice chairman released from prison

BY Allison Cerra

Camp Hill, Pa. — Franklin Brown, the former vice chairman at Rite Aid, was freed from jail on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

Brown, who was initially sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking part in a $1.6 billion accounting scandal, was released following a resentencing hearing. He served six years of his sentence. An appeals court overturned Brown’s sentence in May, AP said.

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Walmart debuts neighborhood market concept in Nebraska

BY Staff Writer

Omaha, Neb. — Wal-Mart Stores said it will build its first neighborhood market in Nebraska, a 34,000-sq.-ft. store opening in northwest Omaha.

Walmart last week opened the first of five market stores opening by Nov. 2 in Wichita, Kan. It was the retail giant’s first venture into that city with the smaller market stores.

The full range of products to be sold at the new Walmart market includes fresh meats, vegetables, dairy products, dry goods and staples, bakery and deli items, canned and packaged goods, and pet and household supplies.

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