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• Tops Friendly Markets, which operates in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, announced yesterday that it is introducing “Tops’ Price Lock Guarantee” on hundreds of regularly purchased items sold at stores beginning September 7 and running through November 1.   The company said that the move is "part of a comprehensive value package aimed at helping Tops’ shoppers stretch their dollars even further on every day items while continuing to save on popular weekly promotions," and is one of the first major initiatives launched since the company returned to local ownership.

• The St. Cloud Times reports that "Coborn's has announced it will build a new Cash Wise Foods store in the Oak Ridge development of West Fargo, North Dakota. The location will include a grocery store, liquor store and convenience store with a car wash. The connected stores will cover about 65,000 square feet." The store is slated to be opened by April 2015.

According to the story, "Cash Wise Foods stores have been in Fargo, Moorhead and Bismarck for 25 years. In the past two years, Coborn's embarked on an expansion into western North Dakota. It now has stores in Williston, Stanley, Tioga, Watford City and Minot and is expected to open a store in Dickinson within the next year."

• The Detroit Free Press reports that "Meijer is planning to hire more than 4,800 people throughout Michigan, and thousands more in the Midwest to fill positions in new stores and to handle the usual uptick in sales heading into the fall and holidays … Overall, the family-owned retailer said it expects to hire more than 10,000 people, including 1,800 jobs in Indiana, 1,700 in Ohio, 1,500 in Illinois and 1,000 in Kentucky."

Meijer currently operates 213 stores.

Reuters reports that "Costco Wholesale Corp will pay a $335,000 fine and spend about $2 million over three years to fix refrigerant leaks and make other improvements at 274 stores to settle allegations that the warehouse club operator violated the federal Clean Air Act.

"The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said Costco failed from 2004 to 2007 to promptly repair leaks from its refrigeration equipment of the refrigerant R-22, an ozone-depleting greenhouse gas with roughly 1,800 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide. Costco also failed to keep adequate records of its servicing of refrigeration equipment to prevent leaks, the agencies said."
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