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This is how crazy the news cycle has become. Multiple outlets are rushing to Twitter the news that a convenience store chain — Kum & Go — is starting work soon on three new locations in Central Arkansas and hopes to build 20-25 over next five years. (This is Iowa-based outfit beaten back from a Fair Park Blvd./I-630 spot by neighborhood opposition.)

In this economy, new convenience store clerk jobs are not to be sneered at, with real unemployment around 16 percent. Of course, new jobs one place might produce pressure on a lesser c-store competitor. People going to buy only so many Big Gulps and honey buns. They might harm the real-life Little Rock versions of:

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