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• The Sacramento Bee reports that Fresh Market will open two stores in Sacramento, California this fall.

According to the story, North Carolina-based Fresh Market opened its first California store last year in Roseville, and has three more on the drawing board, in Palo Alto, Santa Barbara and Laguna Hills.

• The Detroit Free Press reports that "Target, which sells fresh produce, meats and other staples at many of its stores across the U.S., is scheduled to announce Monday the overhaul of nine of its metro Detroit stores to include larger grocery sections."

• The Associated Press reports that "McKee Foods Corp. is offering to pay between $25 million to $30 million to acquire the Drake's brand from Hostess Brands Inc.

USA Today reports that the folks at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. plans to expand its "lineup of Cracker Barrel-branded food products ... offering them at grocers and other outside retail outlets for the first time."

It will be the third time that Cracker Barrel has tried to expand beyond the restaurant business: "First, it branched into the takeout business with several Cracker Barrel Corner Market locations throughout Tennessee. Then it opened a retail-only store, simply called The Store, in a Nashville-area mall. Both efforts failed."
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