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•  CNN reports that Hy-Vee is teaming up with shoe retailer DSW to open 1,200 square foot mini shoe stores inside its supermarkets.

According to the story, "The first two DSW shops opened this month in Minneapolis. A total of six are expected to launch in the city by the end of September, with plans to roll out dozens more in 2021, DSW owner Designer Brands said Monday … It's the latest example of retailers adding locations in or near grocery stores to reach consumers where they are shopping the most."

•  The Hill reports that "Foot Locker is partnering with Rock The Vote to provide voter registration services to Americans shopping in any of its stores across the country beginning this week."

The initiative, timed to coincide with National Voter registration Day (which is today), will "allow customers to register to vote inside Foot Locker stores across the country. The company has also launched a voter registration portal on its website."

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