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• Tesco said yesterday that the fires in Southern California have not disrupted its plans to open its first Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets there on November 8. “It ‘s very much business as usual,” a spokesperson told Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal reports.

• The Arizona Republic reports that Tesco plans to open five Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in the Las Vegas market on November 14, less than a week after opening its first stores in Southern California.

The story also notes that Tesco plans to open its first stores in Phoenix during November, though no date has yet been announced.
KC's View:
Considering the devastation of Southern California by the fires, Tesco may want to avoid the phrase “business as usual,” even if all its openings are going to come off as planned. Just a thought.