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• The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that “Dip, the clothing brand created by Kroger Co. and fashion designer Joe Mimran, is making its national debut this week,” with availability at both the company’s Fred Meyer chain and its Marketplace stores.

According to the story, “Dip will replace more than a dozen private-label clothing brands that had previously been available at Kroger stores … More than 80 percent of the collection costs $19 or less. It includes styles for men, women, young men, juniors, kids, toddlers and babies.”

The Week reports that “Tesco is planning to close dozens of stores as it prepares to launch its new chain of discount supermarkets … Up to 30 poorly performing city centre Metro stores will be axed and a further 60 shops converted to Jack’s stores, putting thousands of jobs at risk.”

The new chain, called Jack’s (after Tesco founder Jack Cohen), “will seek to rival Lidl and Aldi, which currently occupy more than 13% of the UK grocery market.”

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that the Dave & Busters casual dining chain is going to test a new fast casual format - “a street-tacos-oriented concept called ‘TNT Tacos’” that “will open in a converted special-event/functions room at a Dave & Buster’s restaurant in its headquarters city of Dallas.”

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Staples “has agreed to acquire office-supplies company Essendant Inc. in a deal worth $482.7 million in cash, a combination that would strengthen one of the world’s largest office-solutions providers.” The story notes that Staples “was acquired a year ago by Sycamore Partners, a private-equity firm that also owns about 11% of Essendant.”
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