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• The Olympian reports that Tidyman’s, the Spokane-based supermarket chain that “numbered 21 stores in three states before a financially damaging sexual discrimination lawsuit, has announced plans to sell its last eight stores.” The chain has been 60 percent owned by employees through a stock ownership program, with the balance owned by Supervalu.

• Del Monte has signed a deal with Sesame Workshop, the producers of “Sesame Street” on public television, to use the show’s iconic characters such as Grover, Elmo and Cookie Monster on its cans of vegetables. Sesame Workshop also will develop educational materials that stress the advantages of healthy eating to children.

• UK-based Tesco has announced that based on the steady growth of its personal finance business, it may decide to get into the home mortgage business. To date, Tesco – along with its partner the Royal Bank of Scotland – has been offering insurance, savings accounts and credit cards, and has more than five million financial services customers.

•The Detroit Free Press reports on the work being done by Forgotten Harvest, described as “the only nonprofit group that collects perishable food from area retailers and caterers and distributes it to groups serving the needy.” Working with retailers that include Kroger, Farmer Jack and Whole Foods, Forgotten Harvest rescued 8.1 million pounds of food last year and distributed it to the city’s hungry and homeless.

• The Financial Times reports that a lobbying group made up of some of the UK’s largest retailers plans to push for the government there to allow longer opening hours.

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