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  • Food Lion reportedly plans to renovate 54 of its 65 stores in the area this year, hoping the move will help it differentiate itself in a crowded grocery market, one that is only expected to get more competitive as Wal-Mart brings more stores to the region. The cost of the initiative has not been revealed.

  • Wal-Mart de Mexico (Walmex) said that it will invest more than a half-billion dollars expanding its store base by 61 this year, building on the strength that the company has shown even in a tough economic climate.

    Walmex currently operates close to 600 stores in Mexico.

  • The Panera Bread Co. reportedly is testing the meal delivery and take-out business, looking for ways to deliver meals to people’s homes, officers and even their cars. The program is called “Via Panera,” and is driven by the company’s successful bulk bagel business.

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