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• Albertsons-owned Bristol Farms reportedly has acquired a single-store Santa Barbara-based organic/natural retailer, Lazy Acres Market, that generates more than $25 million a year in sales. There are reports that Bristol Farms plans not only to maintain the Lazy Acres banner, but also expand its presence in the Santa Barbara market.

• Safeway has announced that it intends for every one of its Texas-based Tom Thumb supermarkets to get a $4 million “massive makeover,” becoming more focused on upscale groceries, organic fresh foods, better lighting, and cozier design – all of which are intended to be completed within three year and shore up the company’s declining market share.

• Texas-based StoreNext Retail Technologies has signed a deal with Kansas City-based Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) to jointly market and promote StoreNext's products to the 1,500 independent grocers and regional chains served by AWG throughout the Midwest and in the Southeast.

The agreement covers StoreNext's Connected Services? Internet-based suite of store management software, ISS45 point-of-sale (POS) systems, and wireless mobile hardware and software, which will be offered as part of AWG's Paragon program.
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