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• In Florida, the Sun Sentinel reports that Walmart " is intent on grabbing a bigger piece of the grocery business. The retail giant is opening and expanding stores throughout South Florida neighborhoods, often just around the corner from Publix stores.

"It's all part of an aggressive two-year growth plan that Walmart kicked off last year. Walmart wants to get bigger and Publix stands in the way. They have attacked Publix directly in television commercials touting lower prices , and Publix has fired back with ads of their own disputing Walmart's claims."

• Weis Markets announced it would invest $135 million in its 2013 capital expenditure program, an 8 percent increase compared to the year prior. In 2013, the company is planning 37 major projects including four new stores, 15 major remodels and 17 remodels.
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