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Amazon's Dash buttons let shoppers reorder products with the push of a physical button, and now they could be getting some competition.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the fast-casual cafe concept known for its food and smoothies with a tropical twist, will open three new franchised locations throughout the Houston market over the next 12 months. Tropical Smoothie Cafe has one restaurant in Richmond, Texas, which opened in August 2013.Chains: Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Cold Stone Creamery, which created the original Cake Batter Ice Cream, is offering three new homemade batter ice cream flavors: Fudge Brownie Batter, Peanut Butter Cookie Batter, and Sugar Cookie Batter, available from June 22 through September 6.Chains: Cold Stone Creamery
Fired Pie, an Arizona-based fast-casual pizza restaurant, hired Abby Anderson as its new CFO. It has 15 locations in Arizona with three more slated to open by the end of this year. The fast-casual movement has continued to see an upward trend, and Fired Pie’s attention to fresh ingredients and customer service has helped it carve its own piece of the pie in this competitive food market.Chains: Fired Pie
Burger King restaurants and the Cheetos brand have collaborated for the first time to introduce new Mac n’ Cheetos, making for a very cheesy summer. The new snack mash-up is a portable combination of creamy mac n’ cheese covered with crispy Cheetos flavor. Mac n’ Cheetos are a tasty reimagination of classic mac n’ cheese that the Cheetos brand and Burger King restaurants boldly dare to offer, starting June 27 for a limited time at participating restaurants.Chains: Burger King
Ulta's first-quarter e-commerce sales grew 38.8 percent. "[E-commerce] is clearly very fast-growing for us," CEO Mary Dillon said at an investor's conference.
Circuit City declared bankruptcy and was liquidated in 2008, but the name never really went away – and now the possibility of a reborn retail operation is getting closer to reality.
Wegmans is a shopper favorite on the East Coast but has yet to open a store in New York City. But the company is getting closer to that goal and now has the physical plans in place for its first location there.
Donna Giordano, president of Kroger's Ralphs division, has announced her retirement after 44 years with the company. Valerie Jabbar has been promoted to succeed her.
Tender Greens, the farm-to-fork fine-casual concept with 22 locations across California, has named Craig Meunier to the position of vice president of operations. In this new position, Craig will oversee all current Tender Greens operations and support the strategic growth of the brand in California and beyond.Chains: Tender Greens
Sears has some of retail's strongest store brands in Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, but these labels have largely stayed within their traditional product categories – until now.