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•  On Saturday night, the National Grocers Association (NGA) presented Rudy Dory, executive chairman of Newport Avenue Market in Bend, Oregon, with the annual Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

In making the presentation, NGA president/CEO Greg Ferrara noted that "the company now operates three supermarket that are dialed into the local community, providing excellence and quality to their customers. For Rudy, his love and passion for what he does is as strong as ever and our entire industry is better because of him."

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  Great stores.  Great family.  And it has been great to know them and watch them grow and innovate over the years.

•  It has been five years, but the gorgeous retail space under the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bride in New York City is about to get a new tenant - Trader Joe's.

For years it was occupied by a Food Emporium, but has been vacant since the collapse of that banner and its A&P ownership.

The New York Post writes that no timetable has been set for the opening of the store in the 50,000 square foot, city-owned space.

•  USA Today reports that Krispy Kreme is "leaping into national doughnut delivery.  Starting Feb. 29, aka leap day, the North Carolina-based chain's fresh doughnuts can be delivered to households across the nation," as long as you live within about 10 miles of one of its one of the 350 U.S. locations in 42 states.

"On-demand service Doordash will deliver doughnuts by the dozen and boxed coffee, and there's a $4.99 delivery fee from most locations," the story says.

•  USA Today reports that "signs have been spotted at some Costco stores across the nation indicating a change is coming to food courts, which also sell churros and ice cream."  For the first time, the story says, people will only be able to buy food there if they are Costco members.

According to the story, "whether the change will be rolled out to all clubs nationwide was unknown Friday. Costco officials did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment."