LITTLETON -- Dover Saddlery Inc., a seller of equestrian products, announced Wednesday that it plans to open a new retail store in Raleigh, N.C. The new store will open in October, officials said in a press release. It will offer English tack, saddles, riding apparel and other horse-care items. Founded in 1975, Dover Saddlery sells equestrian gear at 15 retail stores; the closest ones to Greater Lowell are in Wellesley and Plaistow, N.H. It also sells its products through mail-order catalogs and on the Internet. It posted 2011 sales of $80.8 million. Shares of Dover Saddlery closed Wednesday at

Wauwatosa spice retailer Penzeys Spices has opened four retail stores in 2010 and plans to open several more by the end of the year. Penzeys spokeswoman Margie Gibbons and retail experts said the increased focus on home cooking in recent years and Penzeys unique retail atmosphere have helped the company grow despite the recession. Our focus always is on helping the home cook, and I think that has a lot to do with the success right now, Gibbons said. People in general are focused more on the home and family right now. I dont think thats uncommon when the

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