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• The Seattle Times reports that Costco has eight of its nine Japanese stores open in the post-earthquake/tsunami environment, and is “gearing up” to seven million bottles of water a week, eight times more than it used to sell in an average week.

In addition, Costco is planning for higher sales of things such as toilet paper and canned meats. “Meanwhile, fears of radiation contamination has led Costco to stock shelves in Japan with fish from New Zealand and vegetables from Australia. It also had to find new suppliers for milk, yogurt and eggs,” the Times writes.

• The Boston Globe reports that Ahold USA “plans a $4 million reinvestment in its offices at Quincy Center Plaza and will consolidate its other regional offices to this location.

“Ahold USA, the parent company of Stop & Shop, said about $2.9 million will be earmarked for upgrades to the inside of the building and the rest of the money will be allocated for investments in IT infrastructure. About 600 people currently work in the space and another 350 positions will be relocated from other area offices.”

USA Today reports that Subway plans to “announce plans for a significant reduction in sodium at its U.S. stores that could ultimately nudge much of the fast-food industry to follow.

“Beginning today, sodium content in Subway’s ‘Fresh Fit’ sandwich line in the U.S. will be cut 28% vs. 2009, when Subway first began to cut salt. And sodium in its overall sandwich line will be cut by 15%, compared with the same period.”
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