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99 Cents Only opens Santa Barbara store

BY Allison Cerra

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores is opening a new store in Santa Barbara, Calif., on July 26.

The new store — located at 424 State St. between Haley and Gutierrez Sts. — is approximately 12,900 sq. ft. and will feature a perishable food department, including produce, dairy and frozen foods.

99 Cents Only currently operates 301 stores, including 220 stores in California, 37 in Texas, 29 in Arizona and 15 in Nevada.

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Tops expands presence in upstate New York, Vermont with acquisition of GU Markets stores

BY Allison Cerra

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — Tops Friendly Markets has entered an agreement with C&S Wholesale Grocers affiliate GU Markets to acquire 21 supermarkets located in upstate New York and Vermont.

Tops said its acquisition will bring its number of operating stores to 153 and will expand Tops’ footprint further into areas of northern and eastern New York State and neighboring northern Vermont. For the time being, 20 of the stores will continue to operate under the Grand Union banner, while the other store will continue to operate under the Bryant’s banner.

"We are very excited about this growth opportunity for Tops, especially since these stores are a natural extension of our current footprint," Tops Markets president and CEO Frank Curci said. "We are looking forward to having these stores and the surrounding communities become part of the Tops family."

The sale is expected to close by fall 2012 and is subject to customary closing conditions. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

As previously reported, Tops recently boosted its retail presence with the acquisition of Penn Traffic stores in 2010.

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Wet ‘n Wild expands into an additional 500 Walmart locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Beauty brand Wet ‘n Wild — which is a division of Markwins North America — started the year by signing superstar Fergie as its very first global beauty ambassador, and now the brand has announced its expansion into an additional 500 Walmart stores beginning in late July.

Each new Walmart location will feature a two-foot fixture of Wet ‘n Wild products. These new fixtures also will be the debut of Fergie, marking her first appearance in-store as the face of the brand.

"We are so pleased with this Walmart expansion. Their support is a crucial element of our retail business and we look forward to furthering our partnership. With their expertise in guiding beauty brands combined with our sustained success, we’re confident we’ll both continue to grow," said Brian Talbot, the brand’s VP marketing.

 

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