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• Publix Super Markets continues to use the “hybrid” format that combines one of its traditional stores with its GreenWise concept that offers a more comprehensive selection of earth-friendly, all-natural and organic products, opening a new store in Naples, Florida.

The News Press reports that “the hybrid store is about 9,000 square feet larger than traditional Publix stores to make room for
expanded products and services ... Publix will continue to operate Publix GreenWise Market stores, but has plans to roll out a few other hybrid stores. No locations have been selected at this time,” according to the company.

• The Los Angeles Times reports that Smart & Final has leased a 350,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Fontana, California, which will serve the company’s Southern California stores.

The Fontana center “will enable us to improve our efficiency as we continue to expand our retail platform in the Southern California region,” said Tom Paolucci, director of Smart & Final Distribution.
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