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• Trader Joe’s has announced that it will open a store in Omaha, its first in Nebraska...responding at least in part to a Facebook campaign called “Bring Trader Joe's to Omaha, Nebraska”.

• In Canada, Sudbury Northern Life reports that Loblaw is engaged in a debate with organized labor over its closure of the National Grocers warehouse. According to the story, the 107 employees who were laid off when the facility was closed for just under two month’s notice and what the union says is the lowest legally allowable severance payments (capped at $26,000), while management was paid “enhanced” severance, with some getting as much as $75,000.

The union is prodding local elected officials to ask Loblaw to improve the severance payments to the rank-and-file.
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