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Listening to the Community Before You Develop that New Store

It seems many towns are slowly turning back the clocks to recapture the days when everyone knew their neighbors, when block parties and pot luck dinners were the norm and, most importantly, when local stores were locally owned. Perhaps it’s society’s backlash to the proliferation of social media, online shopping and big-box retailing. West Orange, NJ –…

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2nd California Dunkin’ Opens in Barstow

Dunkin’ Donuts’ expansion continues with news that the second shop in the Golden State of California opened its doors this past Monday in Barstow, California.  Dunkin’ has been aggressively signing SDAs with franchisees willing to expand their networks throughout California.

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National Retail Chains to Add Michigan Sites

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation’s largest retailer, intends to open 13 new stores in Michigan. Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., Chase Bank, ALDI and Tim Hortons also have plans to expand in the Great Lakes State in 2010. While most companies declined to discuss the cost of building new stores, their expansion plans represent tens of millions of dollars in new investment.

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