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• The Las Vegas Sun reports that Costco has opened its first Costco Business Center in Sin City, which is designed as a combination office supply store/restaurant supplier/print and copy center. The store replaces a traditional Costco store, and does not carry such traditional Costco items as jewelry, clothing, sporting goods and pharmacy. Costco also will be offering delivery service to local zip codes.

• The Washington Post this morning reports on the ongoing efforts by some legislators to reform the nation’s food safety apparatus. The story notes that while Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) have been pushing for such an overhaul for more than a decade, the time may be finally be right. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that he is in favor of a single food safety agency, and “resistance appears to be softening, the result of high-profile outbreaks of foodborne illness from domestic and foreign food sources.”

• In Texas, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Aldi “has secured eight Tarrant County locations where it plans to build stores by the spring of 2010, the company said. The company is committed to building four stores in Fort Worth, and is also under contract on a site in Saginaw, which would bring the number of Tarrant stores to nine.”

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