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Safeway sells 11 Chicago stores to Roundy’s

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday announced it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 11 of its Dominick’s stores in the Chicago metropolitan area in a cash and lease assumption transaction to Roundy’s. Roundy’s will take possession of the stores during a transition period that will take place over the next two months.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. 

Earlier this year, Safeway announced its decision to exit the Chicago market and focus its efforts in other operating areas where its business is stronger. The company continues to be actively engaged in a process to identify purchasers for its remaining stores in the Chicago market.  

Safeway previously announced the sale of four stores in the greater Chicago area to New Albertsons, which operates Jewel-Osco grocery stores.

 

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WSJ: Amazon.com sets up shop in San Francisco mall

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Amazon.com has set up a pop-up store within a San Francisco mall where it is selling Kindle tablets and e-readers, as well as branded covers and power adapters from vending machines, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal published Friday. 

And though Amazon.com had expressed no immediate plans to establish a brick-and-mortar retail outlet, WSJ observed that the pop-up store may be representative of what a future retail outlet might look like. 

The miniature store was staffed by two employees and featured Kindle Paperwhite e-readers on display. 

Citing one of the employees at the location, WSJ reported that the pop-up store would close after two weeks. 

An Amazon spokeswoman told WSJ that the temporary stores were in a handful of malls as part of a marketing campaign.

 

 

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Study finds 100 million cases of childhood disease prevented thanks to vaccines

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH — Vaccines have prevented an estimated 100 million cases of serious childhood contagious diseases in the nearly 90 years since the vaccine for pertussis, or whooping cough, became available, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined weekly surveillance reports for reportable diseases going back to 1888. The researchers focused on eight vaccine-preventable diseases: smallpox, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis A, diphtheria and pertussis, overlaying public health data on disease outbreaks on the years that vaccines received regulatory approval and comparing the results from before and after their availability.

The researchers also noted, however, that despite the availability of a pertussis vaccine since the 1920s, the United States last year had its largest pertussis epidemic since 1959, and outbreaks of measles, mumps and rubella have reoccurred since the early 1980s.

 

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