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• Publix has announced that one of its Sarasota stores will now house Carrabba's Italian Market, which will featured prepared foods such as grilled food, pizza, and other Italian specialties. "This partnership allows us to offer our customers something beyond what our Publix Delis traditionally provide,” says Maria Brous, director of media and community relations for Publix.

There are currently 200 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country with another 25 planned for 2006.

Bloomberg reports that Toys R Us will close 75 stores and eliminate 3,000 jobs – or 11 percent of its workforce - this spring.

The move comes after the company was acquired by a consortium of three buyout firms last year, and then had a third quarter loss of $126 million.

• Whole Foods reportedly plans to announce today that it will “become the largest buyer of wind energy credits in North America by purchasing credits equal to 100% of its projected energy use for 2006,” according to a report in this morning’s USA Today.

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