Tim Hortons Bets on Michigan Expansion

Jennifer Youssef of The Detroit News reports that as Starbucks Corp. shutters stores in Michigan — seven closed last year and 11 more are on the chopping block — Canada’s Tim Hortons Inc. is moving in to serve coffee-drinkers left in the lurch.

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Stop & Shop Workers Authorize Strike

The Patriot Ledger reports that a United Food and Commercial Workers union official said Stop & Shop employees who belong to five UFCW locals voted today to authorize a strike if contract negotiations with the Quincy-based supermarket company fall apart. The workers’ contracts expired at the end of the day on Saturday, but the union leadership…

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State Builds an Express Lane for New Businesses

Sarah Shemkus of the Cape Cod Times writes if you are looking to start a business in Massachusetts? You could start at the Web site of the state’s office of Housing and Economic Development. A few clicks could take you to a page describing the regions of the commonwealth and the possible advantages of doing business in each.

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Brunswick Area Poets Find a Dunkin’s to Share Prose

Brian Lisik at Cleveland.com writes that the words are part Bob Dylan-dada, part Andy Warhol soup-can pop-art stream-of-conscious, complete with a cast of characters ready for their 21st Century close-up on the second Thursday of each month at Dunkin’ Donuts, 2868 Center Road.

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Rubenstein: No $10 Billion L.B.O.’s Anytime Soon

Mr. Rubenstein, the Carlyle Group founder, told Bloomberg Television in an interview on Thursday that many of the elements are in place for a recovery in the leveraged buyout industry. But the big deals from the golden age remain highly unlikely: “If you want to do a $10 or a $20 billion buyout, I think that’s unrealistic in this day and age right now.” DDIFO Members may watch the video.

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