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Edible® International Names New Chief Operating Officer

Wallingford, Conn.— John Merkin has been named COO of Edible® International (Edible®). In this role, he will oversee all franchise operations for the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. Merkin will also oversee Edible's® supply chain organization.

Walmart Unveils Plans for Expanding EV Charging Stations and Doubling U.S. Wind and Solar Energy Use

Bentonville, Ark. — On April 18, 2018, Walmart announced that suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative. Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030. The emissions reduction progress was shared at Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit, where expanded commitments on solar and wind power, as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, were also discussed.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Supports Rebuilding in Texas Post-Hurricane Harvey

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe has reopened its Rockport, Texas, cafe, which was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The fast growing, fast-casual restaurant concept also recently signed its 100th franchise agreement in the state of Texas.

Art Van Furniture Names President and CEO

Warren, Mich. — Art Van Furniture, the Midwest's Number 1 furniture and mattress retailer, has hired Ronald ("Ron") Boire, a retail industry veteran with extensive leadership experience, as its new president and chief executive officer, effective April 30, 2018. Boire will succeed Kim Yost, who is retiring after 9 years with the company.

Chicken Express Selects Revention as a Preferred POS Provider

Houston — Chicken Express, with more than 250 locations in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, has selected Revention as a preferred point-of-sale (POS) provider. Chicken Express was established in 1988 by Richard and Nancy Stuart's Stuart Group Inc. The first restaurant opened in 1988 in Benbrook, Texas.

CoreLife Eatery Hires New VP of Franchise Development

Syracuse, N.Y. — CoreLife Eatery, a fast-growing active lifestyle restaurant based in upstate New York, has its eye on the western United States for expansion. The brand is looking to its new vice president of franchise development, Brooks Speirs, to lead that charge. He joined CoreLife Eatery in March.

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