By Lisa van der Pool, Boston Business Journal

BOSTON (CBS) – From Canton, Massachusetts all the way to Southeast Asia.

Baskin-Robbins says it has just signed a deal to open 50 shops in Vietnam.

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The first three new restaurants open this week in the capital of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).

Last summer, Baskin Robbins opened its 4,000th location outside the U.S., a store in Singapore.


Trader Joe’s devotees will soon have a new location to visit.

The company plans to open a store at Patriot Place in Foxboro, right next to Gillette Stadium.

The new store will have the usual Hawaiian décor, but with a few Patriots elements thrown in.

It will also sell beer and wine.

This will be Trader Joe’s 18th store in Massachusetts.

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It’s bargain time at some of the country’s biggest fast food chains.

Usually, January is a slow time for them because we’ve spent so much on holiday gifts and have resolved to lose weight in the New Year.

That means traffic at the restaurants slows to a milkshake’s pace.

Now fast food places are pulling out all the stops from under-a-buck deals to coupons, so expect to see a lot more ads the next few weeks.

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Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal can be seen weekdays at 6 a.m. on WBZ-TV.

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