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Tesco to open first store in San Francisco

BY Doug Desjardins

SAN FRANCISCO Tesco has signed a deal to open a Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market as part of a residential development in the Bayview area of San Francisco on Third Street. The 15,000-square-foot store will be part of a 360-unit condo project that’s due to break ground on Dec. 13.

Tesco is also in talks to open a distribution center in Stockton, Calif. that could support up to 500 Fresh & Easy stores in the Bay Area, Fresno and Sacramento.

Meanwhile, Tesco is continuing its expansion in Southern California and the Southwest and plans to have 50 stores open by February 2008 in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix.

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Walgreens to house nearly 160 Webster Bank ATMs

BY Adam Kraemer

WATERBURY, Conn. Webster Financial Corp. announced Tuesday that nearly 160 Webster Bank ATMs would soon populate Walgreens stores in four New England states, with the large majority in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

As with similar arrangements maintaining the recent trend of branded money-access machines in retail locations—Citibank in 7-11 and Chase in Duane Reade—Webster cardholders will not be charged fees to use these ATMs. “Webster continues to find a way to provide our customers better convenience and access to our services,” stated Webster chairman and chief executive officer James Smith.

With $16.8 billion in assets, Webster provides common banking services through 179 banking offices and 339 ATMs, in addition to the Internet. The company plans to have the 158 Walgreens machines in place by the end of the first quarter of the coming year and more than 500 ATM locations by the second quarter of 2008. “This branding agreement is an excellent complement to Webster’s branch expansion program and establishes another distribution platform for our future growth in Rhode Island and the Boston market,” Smith added.

ATM and branch locations can be found by visiting www.websteronline.com.

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Publix joins national retail crime database program

BY Drew Buono

WASHINGTON Publix has joined the Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network, a national crime database designed to unite law enforcement agencies and retailers in the fight against organized retail crime.

Retailers can share information with each other and law enforcement via the database. Other retailers associated with this program include: Walgreens, Target, Supervalu and Vitamin Shoppe.

Companies will have exclusive access to the LERPnet, which will offer all information that other retailers post on it. Using LERPnet, retailers A, B and C will be able to enter each incident separately into the system and allow other users to communicate with other companies and law enforcement about crimes occurring in their stores.

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