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WinCo opens second Bakersfield, Calif., store March 27

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boise, Idaho – WinCo Foods LLC will open its newest discount supermarket on March 27. The 88,000-sq.-ft. store is the company’s second in Bakersfield and reflects WinCo’s newer décor package creating a solid, clean feel, which highlights the product, including the hundreds of new WinCo Foods private label items the company has recently introduced.

The Bakersfield store will initially employ approximately 168 individuals, 129 of whom are new hires from the community. The store features WinCo’s traditional "Wall of Values" at the entry, which has discount pricing on a wide variety of popular items. The main sales floor of the store features a large fresh produce department, bulk foods, meat, deli, seafood, and bakery service departments. The bulk foods department displays more than 900 items, including many natural food products, some organics, snacks, candies, cereals, flours, pastas, spices and more.

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Foodsco opens new Oakland store March 26

BY Dan Berthiaume

Compton, Calif. – Foodsco will open its first store in Oakland, Calif., on March 26. The new 80,000 sq.-ft. supermarket is located in East Oakland’s Foothill Square Shopping Center.

Foodsco currently operates five stores in The Bay Area: two stores in San Francisco and one store each in Pittsburg, Redwood City and Richmond. Shoppers visiting the new Foodsco will have access to an expanded selection of products and services, including fresh produce; a fully staffed meat department; a fresh seafood department; a full-service bakery featuring fresh breads, rolls and desserts; and a service delicatessen with fresh items for shoppers on the go.

The new Foothill Square Foodsco will employ approximately 175 full- and part-time associates, the majority of whom have been newly hired from the surrounding community.

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McAlister’s plans 25 new franchise stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

Alpharetta, Ga. — McAlister’s Deli has partnered with several lenders for franchise expansion nationwide. First Franchise Capital, Balboa Capital and Franchise America Finance have committed to financing new construction and remodels, as well as POS upgrades and equipment.

In 2014, McAlister’s will celebrate its 25th anniversary and expects to open 25 new restaurants in new and existing markets, including in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Virginia and Florida, among others.

"As we continue to drive aggressive franchise development across the U.S., we have established finance solutions that will assist new and existing franchisees with acquiring the necessary capital to grow," said McAlister’s Deli chief development officer Jeff Sturgis. "The development of this program is a testament to the strength of the brand and the confidence lenders have that McAlister’s is a sound, long-term investment for business owners."

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