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• The Advocate reports that Rouses Markets is acquiring the nine locations of LeBlanc's Food Stores. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The LeBlanc's stores will be rebranded as Rouses by the end of the month.

The deal gives Rouses a total of 54 locations, including 10 in the Baton Rouge metro area.


• The Associated Press reports this morning that outdoor gear superstore chain Bass Pro Shops is acquiring rival Cabela's for $4.5 billion.


• The Financial Post reports that Costco "is aggressively stepping up its expansion in Canada," with plans to open seven new stores there in 2017, which will be on top of the 91 stores it currently has there with sales of $21 billion.
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