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• Tops Friendly Markets yesterday celebrated the official grand-re-opening under the Tops brand banner of 20 former P&C stores that it acquired earlier this year.

According to the announcement, “Ceremonies featured the announcement of capital improvements planned for each store as part of an overall two-year $90 million company wide capital investment program, as well as donations made on behalf of Tops to various local charities through the company’s ‘Living Here. Giving Here’ community partnership program.”

• Tesco’s US division, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets, announced yesterday that it has “opened the first grocery store in Southern California to use naturally occurring carbon dioxide (CO2) refrigeration. The store, located in Rosemead, is Fresh & Easy’s first to be GreenChill certified and is among four stores that the company opened today, including the 100th in California.

“Fresh & Easy’s sub critical cascade CO2 refrigeration system, which is one of only four in the United States, reduces the impact of the store’s refrigeration on the ozone layer by about 70%, as compared to industry standards. By utilizing a natural refrigerant, the system has an approximately 50% lower Global Warming Potential than traditional refrigerants. The store also earned a silver certification award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership.”

• Homeland Stores, which operates 72 stores in Oklahoma, and one in Kansas, said yesterday that it will adopt the Guiding Stars nutritional labeling system that was created by Delhaize-owned Hannaford Bros. The system uses a a proprietary algorithm to evaluate virtually every item in the supermarket, assigning one, two or three stars to products that qualify as good, better and best for you.

• The Seattle Times reports that Starbucks has eliminated the 12-ounce “tall” drink since from its drive-in menus, leaving just its 16-ounce “grande” and 20-ounce “venti” sizes.

The company said that the move was made to de-clutter the drive-in menus, which it said some customers said were difficult to read and order from.

Still not getting any sort of national exposure is what Starbucks calls its “trenta,” which is 32 ounces but is old sold in Phoenix and Tampa.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that “taking advantage of vacant mall space, Toys R Us is opening 600 temporary shops - or ‘pop-up stores’ - this fall, a move that doubles the number of its U.S. stores for the crucial holiday season. The toy retailer is super-sizing a bet it made last year when it opened 90 temporary mall-based Toys ‘R’ Us Express stores during the holidays, many in spaces previously occupied by KB Toys.”
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