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• Canada Safeway said over the weekend that it has "reached a tentative agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1518, covering approximately 6,600 company employees in British Columbia." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, pending ratification by unionized employees.

• In the UK, The Grocer reports that Tesco plans "to offer its One Stop c-store chain as a franchise model" to independent retailers," a move that some say "could spark a new convenience war" among banners ... especially if other c-tailers follow the franchise model.
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