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Chicken Salad Chick to Open Second Mobile Location

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-02-11 18:22
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Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only Southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant, announced its second location in Mobile, Alabama, will open on Monday, February 22 at 5753 Old Shell Road. Located in the South Landing Retail Center, the new Chicken Salad Chick is owned and operated by long-time franchisee team Misty Lee Hudson and Heath McClure, who currently own one additional location in Mobile and one restaurant in Daphne, Alabama.

Chains: Chicken Salad Chick

Pancheros Launches 'Burritos with Benefits' Rewards

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-02-11 18:14
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Pancheros Mexican Grill, a fast-casual Mexican franchise famous for its fresh-pressed tortillas and mouthwatering burritos, announced the system-wide launch of its card-based rewards program, “Burritos With Benefits.” Guests that register their card on the brand’s website will be honored for their loyalty with a free burrito.

Chains: Panchero's

Former Dallas Cowboy Becomes Mooyah Franchisee

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-02-11 18:01
Image Caption: Image Credit: Former Dallas Cowboys player Bradie James joins Mooyah team.Exclusive Brief: 0

For the past 10 years, Bradie James has seen firsthand that true team spirit can go a long way—both on the field and off.

Chains: Mooyah

Dairy Queen Names 'Iron Tip' Employee Winner

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-02-11 17:53
Image Caption: Image Credit: Dairy Queen names 'Iron Tip' winner in cake-decorating contest.Exclusive Brief: 0

Candice (Candee) Gumm, the esteemed cake decorator at the Dairy Queen restaurant located at 1813 Richmond, Appleton, Wisconsin, placed first in the Dairy Queen system’s “Iron Tip” Cake Decorating International Competition. Gumm competed as a DQ master cake decorator against four other finalists from around the world.

Chains: Dairy Queen

Panda Express Becomes Shareholder in Just Salad

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-02-11 17:40
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Just Salad, the eco­friendly salad brand with 27 locations in New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, and Dubai, announced that Panda Restaurant Group Inc. is now a 33 percent shareholder in the 27­-unit chain.

“We were looking for an investor who could help us develop a national infrastructure,” says Just Salad CEO and cofounder Nick Kenner. “With nearly 1,800 locations in the U.S., Panda was the perfect partner for us as we expand to new markets.”

Chains: Just SaladPanda Express

Panda Express parent invests in Just Salad, YakiYan and Ippudo

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2016-02-11 16:34
Panda Restaurant Group builds investment portfolio Panda Restaurant Group builds investment portfolio

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Report: Restaurant same-store sales dip negative in January

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2016-02-11 15:36
Industry battles weather, economic uncertainty Industry battles weather, economic uncertainty

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Sears' Lampert boosts stake in Sears Hometown

Store Front Talk Back - Thu, 2016-02-11 14:39

Sears CEO Eddie Lampert now has a majority stake in Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, acquiring roughly 11.5 million shares, or 50.7 percent of the company. Sears spun off the Hometown and Outlet stores in 2012, but Lampert's interest could signal that a closer relationship is on the horizon.

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Millennials spend more on Valentine's Day

Store Front Talk Back - Thu, 2016-02-11 14:34

Millennials often defy conventional wisdom and this Valentine's Day they will also defy some assumptions, as many of their generation plan to outspend older Americans on Valentine's Day.

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Sun Capital buys HuHot franchisee

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2016-02-11 14:28
Deal for 21-unit CCW LLC marks private-equity group’s entry into franchisee ownership Deal for 21-unit CCW LLC marks private-equity group’s entry into franchisee ownership

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A secret shopper's view of Amazon's first bookstore

Store Front Talk Back - Thu, 2016-02-11 14:10

Secret shoppers visited Amazon's first bookstore and were asked to rank the location on a variety of metrics. The results showed weakness in selection and price transparency.

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Rave Restaurant Group widens loss in 2Q

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2016-02-11 14:02
Pie Five sales slower than expected in some markets, CEO says Pie Five sales slower than expected in some markets, CEO says

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Whole Foods bets 365 format will transform stores

Store Front Talk Back - Thu, 2016-02-11 13:33

Whole Foods Market is betting that the new 365 store format will help transform the company's existing stores as the grocer tries to transform its image from a high-priced grocer to a more value-oriented one.

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Toys R Us names new global strategy leader

Store Front Talk Back - Thu, 2016-02-11 13:02

Toys R Us announced the promotion of Joe Venezia to exec-VP, global store operations, effective Feb. 22. 

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JCPenney gives millennials more, redesigns the center store

Store Front Talk Back - Thu, 2016-02-11 12:37

JCPenney is adding a new private label brand to its apparel offerings. Belle + Sky is targeted to millennial women and will debut along with a new center store layout.

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Scooter's Updates C-Suite, Prepares for Growth

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-02-11 12:34
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After a record-breaking year of expansion in 2015, Scooter’s Coffee is positioning itself for even more growth in 2016. The national franchise announced significant changes to its executive team, which will equip the company with the industry expertise and resources it needs to accelerate its strategic growth plan.

Chains: Scooter's Coffee

Investors have little love for quick-service stocks

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2016-02-11 12:31
Blog: Wendy’s down 13 percent since Tuesday despite strong earnings, and here’s why.

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Three Even Hotels Agreements Signed Across The U.S.

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2016-02-11 12:30
ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the continued growth of its EVEN® Hotels ...

Smashburger Signs Multiunit Deal in Qatar and UAE

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2016-02-11 12:12
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Smashburger is expanding its presence in the Middle East. The rapidly expanding better-burger restaurant announced a new partnership with Pearll Investments LLC to grow the brand in Qatar and United Arab Emirates, including Dubai and Doha, with 26 restaurants planned to open over the next several years. Twenty-two of the 26 units will open in United Arab Emirates and the remaining four restaurants will open in Qatar.

Chains: Smashburger