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• The Jacksonville Business Journal reports that Winn-Dixie “is discontinuing its SaveRite-branded grocery stores and is converting them to the Winn-Dixie banner.” CEO Peter Lynch says that “phasing out the SaveRite banner supports the company’s neighborhood marketing strategy,” the story says. There are just six SaveRites operating in Florida and Mississippi.

“We strive to customize our product assortment to fit the lifestyles of the communities we serve,” Lynch says in a prepared statement. “By aligning all 484 stores under one Winn-Dixie banner, we will be able to ensure a more consistent shopping experience for all of our guests — regardless of the type of neighborhood in which we operate.”

• The Journal News reports that D’Agostino’s is in the process of closing its suburban New York stores and plans to focus exclusively for the time being on its Manhattan units.

• Published reports say that Costco plans to open two membership clubs in southern Taiwan this week, bringing its total store count there to eight. The company has said that its goal is to have between 15 and 18 stores there eventually.

• The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports that Schwan's Food Service “has expanded its school lunch options by more than 50 percent with the introduction of a new line of pizzas and other foods that meet federal school meal rules.” The new line of more than 50 products - which the company says is its largest product expansion in its history - is called “LiveSmart Schools.”

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Barnes & Noble’s “shares plunged 17.5% Friday, after a takeover offer fell apart, leaving the bookseller without a deep-pocketed parent in its battle against Internet giants Apple Inc. and Inc.

“Barnes & Noble said on Thursday that its recent suitor, John Malone's Liberty Media Corp., had ended discussions of its $17-a-share bid.”

• The Los Angeles Times reports that CVS “has agreed to pay more than $2 million in fines and other costs to settle a consumer protection lawsuit alleging that the drugstore chain overcharged customers for sale items and engaged in misleading advertising.” CVS does not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
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