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• Sprouts Farmers Market said yesterday that it will reopen tomorrow the Boulder location (2525 Arapahoe Ave.) that was damaged in the recent Colorado floods.

In addition, Sprouts said that 2.5 semi-trailers of non-perishables and paper products were donated to the Food Bank of Larimer County last week, to help people in Fort Collins, Greeley and Louisville. In addition, an event called Grab 'N  Give is being held Sept. 25 – Oct. 6, in which "shoppers are invited to help Sprouts feed Boulderites in need by purchasing and donating bags of groceries at a 10% discount. All bags are pre-packaged and contain items that the local Community Food Share food bank needs the most." And, from Oct. 4 – 6, Sprouts will take 10% off every shopper's total purchase and donate 10% of all net proceeds to Foothills United Way.

• Walmart said yesterday that it plans to hire 55,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming end-of-year holiday shopping period and also will promote 35,000 temporary employees to part-time jobs, and 35,000 part-time employees to full-time jobs.

At the same time, Toys R Us is saying that it plans to hire 45,000 seasonal employees for the holiday shopping period - the same number as last year.

• Burger King has announced that it is launching a new french fry that has 20 percent fewer calories than its traditional fries - 270 calories for a small order, vs. 340 calories. The reason for the lower calories - a new batter that doesn't absorb as much oil.

Burger King is saying that its new fries also have 30 percent fewer calories that McDonald's french fries.

The new fries - dubbed "Satisfries" - also cost more - $1.89 for a small order, versus $1.59 for the traditional fries. That's 19 percent more.

Does anyone go to Burger King for the fries? This isn't me being snarky. It is an actual question ... because I know a lot of people who go to Mickey D's for the fries.

• The Los Angeles Times reports that the National Retail Federation (NRF) is saying that 158 million people are expected to celebrate Halloween this year, spending $75.03 apiece on costumes, decorations, candy and other stuff. The bad news? That's down from the 170 million people who celebrated it in 2012, spending almost $80 apiece. The problem? About 86 percent of those polled say that the "uncertain state of the economy" is affecting their plans.
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