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• The Houston Chronicle reports that “in 2011 Kroger will aim to build on what's been working.

“The grocer will open a big Marketplace store in Willis, north of Conroe, do five major and six minor remodels on well-performing stores in the Houston area, and close two underperforming ones.

“‘We're continuing to invest in Houston, with a new Marketplace store and upgrades of existing stores,’ said Gary Huddleston, consumer affairs director of Kroger's southwest division.”

• The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports that “the Twin Cities market is one of 10 urban areas in which Target Corp. wants to build small format stores.

“The list includes cities where Target has already announced 2012 store openings — San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles — as well as other markets with densely populated central business districts such as Boston, Chicago and New York.”

• The Dayton Business Journal reports that Dollar General plans “to open 625 new stores this year, creating 6,000 jobs as it expands into three more states” - Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire.
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