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• The Times Republican reports that Quad Cities grocer Fareway Stores has instituted a program “to assist employees with student loan payments. Fareway official Chad Carter, vice president of benefits, said the … grocery chain will provide full-time employees $100 a month toward student loan costs, or up to a total of $5,000.”

Some 3,000 employees will be eligible for the benefit, the story says, noting that experts say that helping employees pay off student loans is seen as an important a benefit as contributing to retirement savings.


Business Insider reports that fast food chain Chipotle is rolling out a new series of “lifestyle bowls” aimed at customers on specific diets - the new offerings include “the Whole30 Salad Bowl, the Paleo Salad Bowl, the Keto Salad Bowl, and the Double Protein Bowl,” which each one “made up of ingredients already available at Chipotle.”
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