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• Kroger said on Friday that its second quarter sales were up just 3.9 percent, to $27.6 billion, with same-store sales up 0.7 percent. Q2 net income fell to $353 million from $383 million during the same period a year ago.


• Multiple press reports say that Kroger is planning to open its first restaurant - dubbed Kitchen 1883 - in October, in its Union, Kentucky, Marketplace store.

Kroger job listings say that the restaurant will feature "a made-from-scratch menu, hand crafted cocktails with a family friendly atmosphere,” serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.


The Hill reports that some 7-Eleven locations in Florida late last week were “offering free cases of bottled water after Florida's Attorney General office reported thousands of calls about price-gouging at stores across the state … Some Florida residents posted evidence of the alleged price-gouging on social media, shaming the chain for signs advertising cases of water for more than $20.”

7-Eleven blamed the gouging on independent franchisees, and said, “We do not condone the behavior identified by the Attorney General of Florida and are aggressively taking steps to resolve this issue with the identified stores.”
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