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• In Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reports that Lucky's Market plans to open new "natural and organic" stores in Plantation, Florida, just west of Ft. Lauderdale, and Neptune Beach, Florida, just east of Jacksonville.

According to the story, Lucky will have seven stores "in Florida following the simultaneous Dec. 7 openings in Plantation and Neptune Beach. The other Florida stores will be in Gainesville, Tallahassee, Naples and Orlando. Another is planned in Melbourne early next year."

Kroger made what it called a "meaningful investment" in Lucky's earlier this year.

• Investment firms New York-based KKR and Chicago-based Victory Park Capital reportedly have acquired Cardenas Markets and Mi Pueblo, two California retailers that cater to the Hispanic marketplace. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
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