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CityBiz reports that Safeway “is looking to add to its current roster of 112 Randall's Food and Drug and Tom Thumb stores in Dallas, Houston and Austin, Texas,” with a goal of significant expansion by the end of 2012.

• The State Journal-Register reports that “the Meijer supermarket chain expects to increase purchases of locally grown fruits and vegetables by 5 percent this year, Meijer announced Tuesday. Meijer already buys $60 million worth of local produce annually in a five-state region that includes Illinois ... The company says its ‘Home Grown’ program buys 75 varieties of fruits and vegetables from 85 farms in the five-state region.”

Reuters writes that despite reports to the contrary, Carrefour CEO Lars Olofsson says that he is not planning to sell its Brazilian business, though it remains open to potential partnerships. Walmart was said to be eyeing that division for possible acquisition.

• To follow up on a story from earlier this week....the Chicago Sun Times confirms that Moo & Oink,described as the “150-year-old icon of quality, affordable meat in the African-American community,” will indeed go up for auction on August 29” and “will include sales of Moo & Oink inventory and store fixtures and equipment.

"Moo & Oink has three stores in Chicago and one in south suburban Hazel Crest, offers online ordering of its products, and supplies local restaurants and specialty grocers with meat, ribs, pork, chitterlings and other meat products.”
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