• Public Super Markets announced that it has selected Mount Pleasant, South Carolina - just east of Charleston - as the second location for its new GreenWise Market concept, a 25,000 square foot store focusing on the specialty, natural and organic sector. The store is expected to open in early 2019.

Publix said that the first newly redesigned GreenWise Market is currently under construction near Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. It is expected to open late 2018.


• The Boston Globe reports that expansion-minded German discounter Aldi plans to open two stores in Massachusetts this week, in Brockton and Wareham.

The two locations will put Aldi in direct competition with such area retailers as Market Basket, Stop & Shop, Shaws, Walmart and Save-A-Lot.


• A coalition of state retail associations, representing states ranging from Alabama to Wisconsin, has sent a letter to the House of Representatives endorsing .R. 620, known as the ADA Reform and Education Act of 2017.

According to the letter, “The bill includes several common sense provisions that help protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits brought by ethically questionable lawyers who are simply seeking a payout -- not to protect disabled patrons.”