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Then and Now: Rosauers Supermarkets

In 1934, J.M. “Mert” Rosauer started what would become a 22-store supermarket chain with locations across the Northwest and Rockies.

Digital vigilance: Liberty Lake company helps stores fight theft, fraud

Grocery chains and retail stores are increasingly combating in-store theft and cashiers’ money mistakes by adopting advanced video surveillance systems that link every sales transaction to high-definition video. It’s not new for companies to use video surveillance, but software has become sophisticated enough to allow managers to quickly and precisely isolate issues, and powerful enough to generate analytics that help guide training and sales strategies.

URM probe into card data breach wrapping up

Spokane’s URM Stores on Thursday announced that the company is close to finishing an investigation of a credit card security breach last fall, and listed nearly 70 stores where transactions were exposed to card fraud. The company, a co-op food distributor and payment processor serving more than 300 grocery stores in the region, did not say whether it has identified the source of the network breach. The FBI and the Secret Service continue to investigate but have made no statements about the incident.

Idaho stores swimming in sales since Wash. privatized liquor

In the first seven months of Washington’s privatized liquor system, the big winner may be Idaho. Business from Washington already was brisk in Idaho stores before Washington voters’ decision, with the backing of Costco and other retailers, in November 2011 to privatize sales.

Photos: King made his fortune with Monroe Street grocery

Spokane grew around the rocky falls of the river, but soon after the furious growth of the 1880s and 1890s, Spokane’s footprint began to expand north. As neighborhoods sprang up, so did businesses along corridors like Division and Monroe streets. A building still bearing the name of the King family sits on the southwest corner of Maxwell Avenue and Monroe Street. Joel Barnes King, a Spokane pioneer who settled in Spokane in 1901, owned the grocery store on that corner that started in a simple wooden structure.