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• The Triad Business Journal reports that it appears that the Winston-Salem region may be home to at least two Lidl locations, in addition to its exploration of the possibility of opening "a major distribution hub in Alamance County. Lidl operates nearly 10,000 stores globally and is a direct rival to fast-growing Aldi."

• Reports out of the Netherlands say that Frans Muller, the Dutch CEO of Delhaize Group, is most likely to be CEO of the combined companies if Ahold and Delhaize are able to conclude a now-being-negotiated merger. The stories all suggest that Dock Boer, CEO of Ahold, probably would become chairman of the new company's supervisory broad.
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