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• The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Spartan Stores has decided to close Zucca’s, described as “a place for artisan breads, unique cheeses and a varied wine selection,” because it has limited potential for growth. Zucca’s was part of Spartan’s acquisition of Felpausch two years ago.

KTIV-TV News reports that Hy-Vee plans to start selling more local, organic vegetables under a partnership the retailer has created with PrairieSun Organics. Local, organic fruit is expected to be on Hy-Vee’s shelves in 2010.

• The BBC reports that the UK Competition Commission is pushing for a “competition test” that the story says will “prevent firms with a strong presence in an area from building new stores or making major extensions to its outlets.”

"We expect that the competition test will have the effect we intend by helping to bring in competition where it is lacking and to stop individual retailers consolidating strong positions in local areas to the detriment of consumers," said the commission's chairman, Peter Freeman.
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