Stories from around the Web

Quick news from around the Web...

Staples fires back at president for his 'attack' on the retailer's employee healthcare

Haggen has begun acquisition of the 146 stores divested during the Safeway-Albertsons merger

GNC to open 125 domestic, 135 international, and 30 store-within-store locations in 2015

Whole Foods set to open 38 to 42 new stores in 2015, an annual square footage growth between 9% and 10%

Argos funding $1.9 billion to a consortium of buyers in the PetSmart merger

And finally...E-commerce giants Alibaba and Tencent are battling it out in honor of China's Spring Festival. Alibaba is offering $96 million and Tencent $128 million in red envelope promotions where shoppers can win envelopes of cash. Story