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• Food Lion announced that it “will unveil its fourth Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) store located at 7537 Richmond Road in Norge, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 2, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony ... The store, which is built to certification standards, will feature a number of environmentally friendly construction and energy-efficient services, including an educational kiosk and preferred parking for carpool vehicles. Food Lion is in the process of attaining LEED certification for the store.”

• The Seattle Times reports that Starbucks stores around the country are encouraging customers to contribute $5 to the Opportunity Finance Network, which the company already has funded with a $5 million donation and which is designed to jumpstart local growth by making loans to small businesses and community organizations. Starbucks is making the promise to shoppers that “every $5 they contribute will result in $35 in loans in communities across the country.”

In addition, the Times reports that “after eliminating 39,000 jobs during a two year period that ended last fall — about 22 percent of its autumn 2008 workforce — Starbucks says it is adding jobs again.

“The company expects to add more than 3,500 jobs — mostly baristas — in the United States this year, spokesman Jim Olson said. That's net new jobs, which doesn't include replacing workers who leave. Job growth will continue next year, he said, as Starbucks ramps up store remodeling to 1,700 locations next year and adds at least 200 stores.”
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