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In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that even as Hy-Vee embarks on an eight-store invasion of the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, it appears that Meijer, Lucky's Market and Whole Foods' new 365 concept are all about to make the area more competitive.

The story says that Meijer is considering four suburban sites, though no locations or dates have been put forward; Lucky's, which resembles a Fresh Thyme, is said to be hoping that its format will appeal to local shoppers who like the Twin Cities' thriving co-op scene; and Whole Foods reportedly is scouting for locations for its smaller-and-a-little cheaper 365 format.

The Star Tribune writes that there is more: "Discount grocer Aldi will open 5 new stores in 2016, Fresh Thyme will open stores in Apple Valley and St. Louis Park this year. Trader Joe's opens a new downtown Minneapolis location in 2017."
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