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Crain’s New York Business reports that discount chain Aldi is building its first store in Queens, New York, expected to open early in 2010. Burt Flickinger III tells Crain’s that the company is likely to expand quickly in New York: “They shake up a market. And they don't come in with just one store. They'll open five, then 10 and 15.”

• In western New York State, the Democrat and Chronicle reports that Wegmans Food Markets “has been named a finalist for a national award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizing companies that combine business success with community leadership.” There are four other finalists; the winner will be announced on December 1.
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