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Whole Foods makes its way to Columbia, S.C.

BY Allison Cerra

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Whole Foods will make its Columbia, S.C., debut next year.

The new store will occupy approximately 37,876 sq. ft. in the 74,326-sq.-ft. Cross Hill Market retail center.

The projected construction start date is Jan. 1, 2012, with an anticipated opening date of October 2012.

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Green cleaning products in the red

BY Barbara White-Sax

NEW YORK — Market share for many environmentally friendly cleaning products has suffered in a tight economy, when consumers are more likely to choose products based on price.


Independent brands, such as Method and Seventh Generation, have held on to their sales. “The consumers for those brands are usually early adopters who have a higher income and are less likely to shop price,” one industry analyst said.


Category big guns pulled back advertising and saw market share slip further. Church & Dwight discontinued its Essentials green line altogether in the United States.

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Water warfare

BY Barbara White-Sax

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Super Soaker brand has been a huge hit for Hasbro. The toys have been among the hottest summer products on the market, and new upgraded versions will become the next must-have for water play. 


The newest version in the Hasbro water blaster family is the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm. The Thunderstorm, introduced this spring, is the first battery-powered soaker on the market and fires a continuous stream of water with no pumping required. The firing range can be up to 25 ft. Nerf Thunderstorm requires four AA batteries and retails for $14.99.

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