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• Bi-Lo Holdings said yesterday that it plans to close almost two dozen of its Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie stores that have been defined as underperforming. The stores - in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina - will all be closed before Thanksgiving.

• The New York Times this morning reports on how "Among subcultures that pride themselves on early adoption — techies, foodies, Brooklyn baristas — Mexican Coke is the new black. MexiCoke, as it is also called, is imported from Mexico and is sweetened by pure cane sugar, rather than the corn syrup found in the American version. Devotees say it delivers a sugar-infused, caffeine-amplified buzz, which is a particular draw for stay-up-all-night coders, writers and musicians. For hard-core fans, it’s Mexican Coke or none at all.

"More expensive than most sodas, 12- and 16.9-ounce glass bottles of the beverage can go for $3 or more apiece. But its followers splurge because of what they see as a two-pronged authenticity — a nostalgic look and natural ingredients (as natural as a soda can be, anyway)."
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