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• Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores, itself the target of acquisition-minded companies just a month ago, announced yesterday that it is purchasing 19 On The Way convenience stores in Illinois that are owned by the Harper Oil Co.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

• In California, the Press-Enterprise reports that warehouse workers and drivers overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year contract with Southern California's major grocery chains - including Albertson, Ralphs, Stater Bros., and Vons - giving some 5,000 employees what the Teamsters characterized as “pay increases and holding the line on their medical costs.”

• Best Buy has announced that it will install electric car charging stations at 12 stores in Tucson, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Seattle, and will roll out the program nationally if data gathered in the pilot suggests that it should.

• The Boston Globe reports that after years of delays and speculation, ground has been broken in Northborough, Massachusetts, on the shopping complex that will be home to Wegmans’ first Bay State store, a 135,000 square foot unit that is scheduled to open in about a year.
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