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• The Dallas Business Journal reports that HE Butt “has purchased more than 160 acres in the Central Texas city of Temple to build a 400,000-square-foot distribution center.”

• Pro’s Ranch Market, which just last week won the first annual Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award at the National Grocers Association (NGA) convention, is reported to be opening a new Hispanic-themed store in Mesa, Arizona. The company already has four stores in Phoenix and one in Glendale, Arizona, as well as units in California, Texas and New Mexico.

• Spartan Stores reportedly is embarked on a $2.5 million remodeling of a Felpausch store in Pennifield, Michigan, converting the unit into a Family Fare unit in a process similar to those that already have taken place at Felpausch stores in Paw Paw, Marshall, Eaton Rapids, Dowagiac, Albion, Williamston.

Spartan acquired the Felpausch chain in March 2007.

• In the UK, there are reports that as Tesco and Asda continue to fight an ongoing price war, William Morrison Supermarkets has joined the fray, cutting prices on 4,000 SKUs.

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