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• The Central Pennsylvania Business Journal reports that European discounter Lidl has acquired property in Spring Garden Township there for a second York County store. The other store that has been announced for the region is in Dover Township.

The story notes that "the timetable for when the two York County stores would open is not known, but Lidl officials have said the chain plans to open stores in the U.S. by 2018. Lidl now operates some 10,000 stores in 26 countries across Europe."

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Whole Foods says that "it will replace the industry-standard chickens bred to rapidly pack on pounds with slower-growing varieties that Whole Foods believes will enjoy better lives and yield better-tasting meat. The move, which Whole Foods expects to complete by 2024, will involve repopulating chicken farms that supply its stores with breeds like the Red Ranger and Naked Neck, which generally grow to marketable size about 23% more slowly than conventional varieties favored by top meatpackers."

Maybe I'm a barbarian, but I never in my life have even thought about how fast chickens grow. Not ever. I learn something every day.
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