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• Ahold Delhaize-owned Giant Food, based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, said on Friday that it has opened “six brand new stores in four states, growing its total store count to 178.

“Five of the stores, which are former Shop ‘n Save locations Giant acquired earlier this year, are branded Martin’s Food Markets and are in the communities of Smithsburg, Md., Greencastle, Pa., Berryville, Va., Hedgesville, W. Va., and Martinsburg, W. Va. In addition, Giant constructed a brand-new store in Warrington, Pa. to replace a store previously located in Jamison, Pa.”

““These multiple store openings align with our aggressive long-term growth strategy - entering new markets where it makes sense and expanding our offerings for our current customers,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, Giant Food Stores. “Along with the recent introduction of our Giant Heirloom Market in Philadelphia and our Giant Direct e-commerce hub in Lancaster, our team has demonstrated a relentless focus on innovation that allows customers to connect with our brand whenever and however they want.”


USA Today reports that toilet paper brand Charmin is out with a “Forever Roll” that it says is designed to last a month.

Michael Che reported on this on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, and followed it up with this priceless comment: “‘We’ll see about that,’ responded Chipotle.” Wish I’d said that.
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