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Dollar store rejects bid from rival

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar’s board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chair­man and CEO Howard Levine said Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dol­lar General Corp.’s offer and determined it wasn’t reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.

Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said his company was disappointed by the decision and that it had done an extensive antitrust analysis that confirmed its proposal could be completed. Dollar General said it was willing to share its analysis with Family Dollar and that it was still confident it could resolve any regulatory concerns about competition.

Dollar General said it is reviewing its options and still believes its offer is better than the Dollar Tree deal.

Family Dol­lar and Dollar General are more similar than either is to Dollar Tree. The first two sell items at various prices, while Dollar Tree sells all items for a buck.

Some United fliers to get food upgrade

United Airlines on Thursday said it will upgrade food and beverage choices for front-of-the-plane passengers in what it calls “an extensive overhaul” of its onboard dining.

Changes include new salads, sandwiches and wraps for first- and business-class passengers in North America, as well as Prosec­co sparkling wine. It will offer meals for premium-cabin fliers on shorter duration flights and those on United Express regional flights.

“These changes mark the beginning of an extensive overhaul of our North America and international food service,” said Lynda Coffman, United’s vice president of food services, claiming it will be a level of service “above that” offered by peers.

Listed changes do not include upgrades for economy passengers on domestic flights.

Local design firm moves to new site

Workspace Solutions of Fort Wayne will consolidate its two locations to reside inside a former Vera Bradley building.

The retail and design firm plans to combine its warehouse and showroom facilities at 919 Coliseum Blvd. N. and 256 W. Main St. into 2200 Production Road.

Workspace Solutions began in 1978 on Coliseum Boulevard as Eastland Sales, offering used office furniture and equipment. In 1996, the business changed its name and its focus to provide full-service office planning and design.

The family-owned business is headed by Brent Stoller, president, and Mike Hunter, vice president.

Postal Service hiring rural letter carriers

The U.S. Postal Service seeks 600 part-time letter carriers for rural areas.

The salary for a rural carrier associate is $16.25 an hour, plus an equipment maintenance allowance. Employees may be required to use their personal vehicles but will be compensated.

Job seekers should visit www.usps.com, go to the career tab at the bottom of the page and then click on the Indiana tab. The positions could become permanent, and after a year, carriers may become eligible for benefits.

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