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Gymboree Names New President and CEO

San Francisco — The Gymboree Corporation has appointed Daniel Griesemer as the company's new president and chief executive officer, effective May 22, 2017. Griesemer joins Gymboree after a 5-year tenure leading Tilly's, an action sports-inspired teen and young adult apparel retailer where he served as president and CEO.

Church’s Chicken To Add 20 New Units in Six States

Atlanta — Church’s Chicken® has entered into a multi-year development deal with Goalz Restaurant Group, LLC to develop 20 Church’s Chicken restaurants per year in six states. The agreement, which will affect expansion in Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina and South Carolina, is Church’s largest ever with a single operator.

Duro-Last CEO Appointed President of Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

Saginaw, Mich. — Duro-Last CEO Tom Saeli has been appointed president of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, a national collective of roofing and industry professionals who select and provide oversight of programs and funding for research that contributes to the ongoing advancement of the roofing industry.

Pizza Hut Canada Plans Expansion in Eastern Canada

Toronto — Pizza Hut Canada, a division of YUM! Brands, Inc. and the world's largest pizza franchise, has entered into a development arrangement with Franchise Management Inc. (FMI). Under this agreement, FMI will purchase 38 existing Pizza Hut restaurants in Quebec and the Greater Ottawa/Kingston region, as well as add new DelCo (delivery/carry out) model stores in Eastern Canada over the next 5 years.

Kroger Announces Retirement and Promotions

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has announced the retirement of Sukanya Madlinger, senior vice president of retail divisions, and the promotion of Calvin Kaufman to succeed her. Kaufman currently serves as president of Kroger's Louisville, Ky., division. Kroger has also promoted Ann Reed to serve as president of Kroger's Louisville division.

Federal Heath Named Texas Roadhouse Legendary Vendor Partner of the Year

Euless, Texas — Federal Heath has been recognized by Texas Roadhouse, Inc. as its “Legendary Vendor Partner of the Year” for 2017. The award was presented to Federal Heath at the Texas Roadhouse annual Managing Partner Conference held April 23-27 in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented to the vendor who has demonstrated an “above and beyond” commitment as well as service on a national level. 

goop and Nordstrom Launch Pop-Up Retail Concept

Seattle — goop, the modern lifestyle brand founded by Gwyneth Paltrow, is partnering with Nordstrom to bring goop's coveted retail curation to Pop-In@Nordstrom in select stores across the country and online. This is the first-time goop is working with a major retailer in this capacity, and the first-time goop has a concurrent retail presence in multiple markets at once. 

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