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How PSA plans to succeed in India

AutoNews - Sat, 2017-03-18 01:01
PSA believes it has a key to succeed in India.
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Bibibop Asian Grill to acquire ShopHouse locations

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-03-17 19:25

Bibibop Asian Grill said Friday that it is the buyer of the leases for 15 closed ShopHouse Asian Kitchen locations, a deal that will double the Columbus, Ohio-based chain’s size virtually overnight.

Bibibop is owned by Gosh Enterprises, the owner of Charley’s Philly Steaks, and currently operates 12 locations, with a 13th under development. The deal with Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. for the shuttered ShopHouse locations will give the company 28 restaurants, once the locations are converted and the other unit opens.

“It gets us the opportunity to very quickly have a national presence,” said Jonathan Quinn, Gosh Enterprises’ vice president of marketing. “These locations are in high traffic, high visibility, high demographics neighborhood. It’s a perfect match.”

Quinn said the plan is to start converting the units in early April and have all 15 locations converted into Bibibop Asian Grills by early summer. The locations are in Washington D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles.

Chipotle said last week that it was shuttering its six-year-old ShopHouse chain, and that it had sold the leases. Quinn indicated that Gosh Enterprises won a bidding war for the right to the leases.

Bibibop is the brainchild of Charley Shin, CEO of Gosh Enterprises. The company opened its first location in Columbus, near Gosh’s headquarters. The chain’s menu offers a variation of the popular Korean dish bibimbap, which literally means “mixed rice.”

Shin is a native of Korea whose family moved to the U.S. when he was 13 years old, and who started Charleys Philly Steaks while a student at Ohio State University. Quinn said Shin started Bibibop to bring Korean food and his Korean heritage to the U.S.

Diners start with steamed rice followed by a choice of grilled meats or tofu, a variety of vegetables and Asian-inspired sauces.

The chain opened its first unit in 2013, and had 12 locations by 2016, all in Ohio. The company is planning its first Cleveland location later this year.

“It is going very well,” Quinn said. “We’re in a position of well being. It’s a healthier concept. It’s been very successful, targeting a mostly Millennial market.”

The addition of the 15 ShopHouse units, however, will give the chain a much larger profile in major markets.

“It expands us outside of our Ohio roots, and objective we’ve been looking to achieve,” Quinn said.

While Bibibop has its own dedicated team, the backing of the 570-unit Charleys Philly Steaks makes it easier for the company to quickly take on locations in disparate markets, like the ones ShopHouse operates.

And because both concepts are Asian, the conversions should be relatively simple.

“Their locations lay out nicely for our concepts,” Quinn said. “The back-of-house is similar. It’s more of a refresh and a rebrand, putting our menu in there.”

The deal also signals that Gosh Enterprises has faith in the brand to take this step.

“There are similar deals we’re considering right now,” Quinn said. “We’re very confident. It has the legs to be a national brand.”

Contact Jonathan Maze at jonathan.maze@penton.com

Follow him on Twitter: @jonathanmaze

Working Lunch: Buffalo Wild Wings and the scheduling debate

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-03-17 18:03

One of the leading voices in the restrictive scheduling debate is Tim Ehlert, director of government relations for Buffalo Wild Wings. He joins the Align Public Strategies team this week to discuss the benefits of educating policymakers about the need for restaurants to keep scheduling flexible. Also on the podcast, what restaurant companies can learn from a major retailer's decision to pay bonuses to thousands of employees around the country.

Align Public Strategies is a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation's Restaurant News or Restaurant Hospitality.

Jamba names new COO

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-03-17 17:51

Jamba Inc. COO Joe Thornton Photo: Business Wire

Jamba Inc. has named former Starbucks Corp. executive Joe Thornton chief operations officer, effective March 20, the company said Thursday.

Thornton, who spent 11 years with Starbucks, replaces Steve Adkins in the COO role at Jamba. Thornton will oversee all aspects of Jamba Juice operations, including company-owned units, franchise support, operations services, training and communications.

He will also work with the Jamba Franchise Advisory Council to strengthen support for operators of the nearly fully franchised juice and smoothie chain.

“I am excited to welcome Joe Thornton to the Jamba team,” said Dave Pace, Jamba CEO. “Joe brings a track record of growth through operational excellence and a store-centric focus. He shares our commitment to building great teams and strengthening our franchise and partner relations.”

Most recently, Thornton was vice president of U.S. licensed stores for Starbucks, where he led the development and growth of 1,800 units. Before that, he served as senior vice president leading the operation of about 2,800 company-operated Starbucks locations.

Thornton’s career also includes 14 years with Blockbuster Video.

Frisco, Texas-based Jamba is parent to the Jamba Juice chain, which has more than 900 units.

Contact Lisa Jennings at lisa.jennings@penton.com

Follow her on Twitter: @livetodineout

Jamba names new COO

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-03-17 17:51

Jamba Inc. COO Joe Thornton Photo: Business Wire

Jamba Inc. has named former Starbucks Corp. executive Joe Thornton chief operations officer, effective March 20, the company said Thursday.

Thornton, who spent 11 years with Starbucks, replaces Steve Adkins in the COO role at Jamba. Thornton will oversee all aspects of Jamba Juice operations, including company-owned units, franchise support, operations services, training and communications.

He will also work with the Jamba Franchise Advisory Council to strengthen support for operators of the nearly fully franchised juice and smoothie chain.

“I am excited to welcome Joe Thornton to the Jamba team,” said Dave Pace, Jamba CEO. “Joe brings a track record of growth through operational excellence and a store-centric focus. He shares our commitment to building great teams and strengthening our franchise and partner relations.”

Most recently, Thornton was vice president of U.S. licensed stores for Starbucks, where he led the development and growth of 1,800 units. Before that, he served as senior vice president leading the operation of about 2,800 company-operated Starbucks locations.

Thornton’s career also includes 14 years with Blockbuster Video.

Frisco, Texas-based Jamba is parent to the Jamba Juice chain, which has more than 900 units.

Contact Lisa Jennings at lisa.jennings@penton.com

Follow her on Twitter: @livetodineout

Subway sues Canadian television over chicken claim

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-03-17 17:08

Subway is taking claims that its chicken breast is only half chicken to court.

The Milford, Conn.-based sandwich chain said it is suing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation over a February report claiming that tests showed its chicken breast was made up of 50-percent soy products.

Subway confirmed the lawsuit in an email statement on Friday. The New York Post first reported news of the legal action.

“We have issued a Notice of Action in Canada against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that asks for $210 million in damages over allegations made by its program, Marketplace, that are defamatory and absolutely false,” the company said.

“Despite our efforts to share the facts with the CBC about the high quality of our chicken and to express our strong objections to their inaccurate claims, they have not issued a retraction, as we requested. Serving high-quality food to our customers is our top priority, and we are committed to seeing that this factually incorrect report is corrected.”

CBC confirmed that it received a Notice of Action from Subway Franchise Systems of Canada Ltd., related to the Marketplace episode.

“We believe our journalism to be sound, and there is no evidence that we’ve seen that would lead us to change our position,” a spokeswoman said in an email statement on Friday.

Subway has come out forcefully in defense of its chicken since the Feb. 24 “Marketplace” segment reported that tests found an average of 53.6 percent chicken DNA in the chain’s oven-roasted chicken. The chicken strips had 42.8 percent chicken, the report said. The rest was plant-based protein, such as soy.

The report was part of a broader story, involving a lab that conducted DNA testing on grilled and roasted chicken from A&W, McDonald’s, Tim Hortons and Wendy’s, as well as Subway.

Subway responded with tests of its own from two independent labs in the U.S. and Canada, showing only trace amounts of soy in the Canadian chicken products.

“Our customers have confidence in our food,” Subway president and CEO Suzanne Greco said in a statement at the time. “The allegation that our chicken is only 50-percent chicken is 100-percent wrong.”

The allegations came at a tough time for Subway, which is working to recover from sales declines in recent years.

Subway has also worked to bolster its reputation for quality. The chain introduced new premium items last year, and in 2015 vowed to eliminate antibiotics from its chicken.

Contact Jonathan Maze at jonathan.maze@penton.com

Follow him on Twitter: @jonathanmaze

Retail Roundup—Dick's pulls ahead, Dollar General's $70M in raises

Store Front Talk Back - Fri, 2017-03-17 16:42
Retail Roundup—Dick's pulls ahead, Dollar General's $70M in raises jacquelinerose55 Fri, 03/17/2017 - 16:42

Toyota expands sponsorship deals for 2018 Winter Olympics

AutoNews - Fri, 2017-03-17 15:45
Toyota is putting U.S. Figure Skating and U.S. Speedskating under its sponsorship umbrella for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
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Buffalo Wild Wings CEO: Businesses benefit from diversity

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
Diversity in leadership is critical, as it allows businesses to benefit from different perspectives, said Sally Smith, CEO of -More
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Domino's CEO sees potential in digital voice tech

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
Domino's Pizza views voice assistance as the next big thing in digital ordering, CEO Patrick Doyle said this week, calling th -More
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La Madeleine lays out refranchising plans

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
La Madeleine is planning to refranchise 38 of its 83 locations in the coming years.  -More
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Nurturing your team requires just 5 minutes each day

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
Leaders need to consistently invest time in communicating with team members, writes Steve Keating.  -More
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Don't be a boss who plays favorites

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
Showing favoritism can take a toll on morale, so it's essential for a boss to make sure every employee is treated fairly.  -More
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St. Patrick's Day spurs special menu items

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
Many franchises are offering seasonal items on their menus in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  -More
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Restaurants adjust in the age of Amazon delivery

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
New restaurant delivery options from big players including Amazon and Uber are feeding consumers' craving for convenience.  -More
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IFA adds three professionals to further mission, goals

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
IFA has added three new staff members in recent weeks.
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Cresanti to speak at NYC Franchise Investment Event

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, is one of 20 experts speaking at the Capital Roundtable's conference on Private E
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Trump introduces budget blueprint

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
President Donald Trump unveiled a budget proposal that calls for a $54 billion hike in defense spending and cuts to the Envir -More
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Franchise industry fights expanded joint-employer standard

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
The franchise industry is pushing back against the expanded joint-employer standard, and a number of states have passed bills -More
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Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-03-17 14:02
Mary Shelley, writer
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