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•  United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) said yesterday that its Q1 net sales increased six percent to $6.67 billion, while it suffered a net loss of $1 million.  Q1 e-commerce sales were up 93 percent.

CEO Steve Spinner told analysts yesterday that "he expects many people will continue to work at home<' even as the pandemic recedes.  "At UNFI, administrators and support staff still work from home, he said, and the company has been able to sell the real estate it no longer uses—including some former SuperValu properties."

•  In Louisville, the Courier Journal reports that c-store chain Thorntons is working with the Urban League there "to build a convenience store in the nonprofit's new West End multiuse sports and learning complex.  And the convenience store chain will donate 100% of its profits from the new store to the Louisville Urban League, leaders of both entities said Wednesday."

In addition, they said, "Thorntons will use the site as a recruiting and training center to place employees into other Thorntons stores."