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• The Arizona Republic reports that Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open “nine stores during the first three months of 2018, including three in Arizona and its first in the northeastern United States … Two of the other stores are in New Mexico, plus one each in California, Florida, Maryland and North Carolina. The Maryland store will be the company's first in the Northeast … The company is planning 30 new stores for all of 2018.”

Sprouts, which operates more than 280 stores around the country, focuses on offering a value proposition for fresh and organic products.

No offense, but only folks in Arizona would say that Maryland is in the northeastern US. It actually is a mid-Atlantic state. The Northeastern states generally are considered to be New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, though some would argue that New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania actually are mid-Atlantic states. But there’s no question about Maryland.


• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that “fifty-six department and grocery stores have confirmed they will be closed Thanksgiving Day, with most saying they are closing to give employees time off with their families.” The numbers were compiled by BestBlackFriday.com.

Among the companies listed as closing on Thanksgiving are BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Publix and Sam’s Club.