7-Eleven Plans Aggressive Growth

As 7-Eleven Inc. prepares to take part in a retail real-estate convention this week, it’s making it known to the real-estate industry that it is focused on aggressively growing its store base to expand its convenience offering in the U.S. and Canada.

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Another Federal Menu Labeling Bill is Introduced

On Thursday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn), introduced a legislation, the Menu Education and Labeling or MEAL act, that requires chain restaurants to post information on calories on menu boards and food displays. The bill requires chains to also identify fats, carbohydrates and salt content and make them available on printed menus.

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Mass. DPH OKs Calorie Count Posting Rules

Donna Goodison of the Boston Herald reports that Massachusetts consumers ordering a Big Mac at McDonald’s or a glazed doughnut at Dunkin’ Donuts will be able to see how many calories they’re about to down in a little more than a year and a half from now.

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Costco Accused of Abusing Wage Law

Costco Wholesale, the warehouse club, was sued by a California worker alleging false imprisonment because, she says, employees are locked in stores against their will for 15 minutes after they are off duty.

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Krispy Kreme Goes Small

Krispy Kreme has fought to strengthen its operations after years in the red due to its growth binge in the 1990s. Analysts have had plenty of advice, including calling for smaller stores, controlling costs and adding a Dunkin’ Donuts-inspired menu with sandwiches.

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Mass. Weighs Calorie Content Requirement In Restaurants

Rob Branca says Dunkin’ Donuts isn’t trying to hide anything. He and his family own this Worcester franchise, as well as about two dozen other Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Massachusetts. He says the chain already puts calorie information on its Web site, and posting those numbers in each store would be a burden.

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