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• WinCo Foods announced that next week it will open its 120th store - an 82,077-square-foot unit in the Dallas Metroplex that also is its 10th in that marketplace.

WinCo, which makes its employee ownership a key part of its value proposition, operates stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington, with plans to open in Montana sometime next year.


• In Maine, the Press-Herald reports that Hannaford Supermarkets has settled a labor dispute at its South Portland distribution center, as employees represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) accepted a three-year contract offer.

The deal came three weeks after a one-day strike. Delhaize America, parent company to Hannaford, says that the accepted offer was in fact the original offer, which it called “fair and competitive.”

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


Reuters reports that girls accessories retailer Claire’s Stores has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, conceding that “lower mall traffic” has had an impact on many of its locations, creating a level of unsustainable debt.


Bloomberg reports that McDonald’s “is vowing to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions” by “adding LED lights and more efficient kitchen equipment, such as grills and fryers.” The goal is “to reduce emissions at its restaurants and offices by 36 percent by the year 2030 from 2015 levels.”

The story goes on: “Changes to beef production, meanwhile, will lower greenhouse gases from the company’s supply chain by 31 percent, McDonald’s said. Suppliers are experimenting with new paddock-style grazing practices, in which herds are rotated across sections of pasture. That allows the land to recover and reduces gases from cattle.

“The company says the combined effect will be the equivalent of taking 32 million cars off the road for a year.”


• The Associated Press reports that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reached a settlement - the specific of which have not yet been disclosed, and which have not been approved by a judge - in a case that will determine the degree to which the company could be considered a co-employer with franchisees.

MNB took note yesterday of a New York Times story about how Peter B. Robb, the new NLRB general counsel, was trying to negotiate a settlement between McDonald’s and employees in the case, which had already gone to trial that had been temporarily halted for settlement talks. The NLRB’s goal was to achieve a settlement that would avoid a court decision that could have broader, long-term implications.
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