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This isn’t exactly a promise.

The Broadway chain, which was bought by Federated Department Stores earlier this month, ran a full-page ad in Thursday’s Citizen to explain what the deal means to shoppers.

The ad, for the Broadways in Tucson Mall and Park Mall, promised “you can shop with confidence’ and that “we’ll continue to offer a great value on a wide selection.’

But that doesn’t necessarily mean Tucson’s two Broadways will stay open indefinitely, a Federated spokeswoman said.

The ad refers to “the immediate future, where it’s business as usual,’ she said. But “don’t read anything into it’ that Federated is committed to keeping the Tucson stores open as Macy’s.

That decision likely won’t be made until after the end of the year, she said.

Sprechen sie deutsch?

If you see a lot more German and British visitors walking around Tucson, thank the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The bureau recently hired German and United Kingdom marketing and promotions firms to boost Tucson’s travel and tourism efforts. Tourism Marketing Group Int. in Frankfurt and TMI, a U.K. firm, will make sales calls to international tour operators, travel agents and incentive travel houses, to tell them how great Tucson is as a U.S. vacation destination, said Jean McKnight, a spokeswoman for the bureau.

According to tourism surveys, Germans and U.K. citizens flock to our city much more than the Asians, French, Aussies and Italians.

It must be the Wienerschnitzels in town.

A hip trend goes mainstream.

Circle K, your pit stop for suds, smokes and gas, is testing a new product in some of its Tucson stores: cappuccino.

The convenience store is experimenting with methods to snag more of the booming gourmet coffee business, a company newsletter says.

To boost awareness of Circle K as a place where you can pick up a decent cup of Joe, the company will sell any size cup or refill for 25 cents between Wednesday and Nov. 7.

Want some gas with those bulk groceries?

If so, the Price Club, now PriceCostco, is the place for you. Yep, those stores are now in the gas business, and they are touting their “top-quality gasoline at PriceCostco savings.’

Actually, the stores aren’t touting anything. Employees can’t comment on the new gasoline service because of PriceCostco’s no-touting policy.

But PriceCostco handed out cards promoting its new service to customers recently. (Apparently, customers are not covered under the no-touting rule.)

PriceCostco stores will offer pay-at-the-pump service for members who use their ATM cards, Visas, Mastercards, Discover Cards or PriceCostco credit cards to pay for the gas. Because there will be no gas station attendant, cash will not be accepted.

But remember, you need a PriceCostco Gasoline Card or a PriceCostco Credit Card to obtain member savings on gas purchases.

Street talk is written by Citizen business writers William G. Clemens, Jennifer Cushman, David Madrid and Jennifer Boice.

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