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• Tesco’s Fresh & Easy division in the US has announced when it will open its first four Fresno, California, area stores - one on December 2, and the others on January 13. The company has said that it has 12 Fresno-area locations set for Fresh & Easy units, and that half of them should be open by the end of February.

The stores are being portrayed as a boon to local hiring in a tough economy as well as an investment in a downtown area that has been seen better days.

• In the UK, the Sunday Times reports that Tesco wants to as much as double the size of its convenience store fleet - growing it from 1,000 to 2,000 units over the coming years.
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