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• The Chattanooga Times Free-Press reports that the Tennessee community is getting a new Earth Fare supermarket, the 17th opened by the organic chain.

Here’s the line from the story that grabbed MNB’s attention:

“Earth Fare also believes in sharing its prosperity with the communities it serves, which (CEO Jack) Murphy said is already happening by investing more than $2 million in the local construction industry while preparing the space to open. The store will employ about 110 people from the local area.”

“Prosperity”? Qu'est-ce que c'est?

• In western New York, the Brighton-Pittsford Post reports that Wegmans will open its new Next Door Bar & Grill to the public tomorrow. The new restaurant features “a larger bar and dining room” than the old Tastings restaurant that the chain closed down last month, as well as “a Robata grill and sushi bar ... and four private party rooms.”

The restaurant is adjacent to Wegmans’ Pittsford store.
KC's View:
Count on Wegmans to bring a relatively exotic technique like Japanese Robata grilling to its stores and restaurant. I’ve only seen pictures and read about it...and it sounds wonderful. Yet another reason to drive to Pittsford. (Though I may wait until the spring when I can put the top down...)