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• The Chicago Tribune reports that Jewel-Osco will close the four Dominick's stores there that it is acquiring from Safeway for less than a week next month, before reopening them under its own banner.

However, Jewel-Osco management also said yesterday that it has no plans "at this time" to acquire any other Dominick's locations. Roundy's is buying 11 stores to convert to its Mariano's format. That leaves 57 stores that will either be sold or closed at the end of the month by Safeway.

• The Des Moines Register reports that "Hy-Vee plans to add its line of Market Grille and Market Café  restaurants to 50 stores around the Midwest next year, including some in Central Iowa.

"The plans were announced Monday by the Kansas City-based firm Burns and McDonnell, which said it was awarded a $20 million contract to design and build the new restaurants in about one-fourth of all Hy-Vee stores."
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