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• The Denver Business Journal reports that the resumption of negotiations between Colorado’s major grocery chains and members of organized labor has not resulted in any closing of the gap between the two sides, and the union now says it plans to strike “soon” if no progress can be reached. The definition of “soon” was not specified.

• The Dallas Morning News reports that Safeway-owned Tom Thumb “says it's cutting prices on thousands of items beginning today to become a ‘more affordable and convenient one-stop-shopping experience.‘ The Texas division, which includes Tom Thumb in North Texas and Randalls supermarkets in Houston and Austin, is one of the last of 10 U.S. divisions to adopt Safeway's everyday-low-prices strategy.

• Sprouts Farmers Market announced that it will open its ninth Dallas location and 42nd store overall when it unveils a 22,488-square-foot unit in Cedar Hill this Friday.

• The Arizona Republic reports that Bashas’ plans to reopen the Goodyear, Arizona, store that it closed just two weeks ago as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. It is the only one of 23 announced closings by Bashas’ expected to be reversed, and management said it could do so because of real estate concessions and local shopper support.
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