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CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Names CEO

Franklin, Tenn. — CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE), parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s®, has named Jason Marker as the company’s new chief executive officer. Most recently president of Kentucky Fried Chicken® U.S. (KFC), Marker has extensive domestic and international QSR experience. He is expected to start as CEO in April.

Kroger Names President of Fred Meyer Stores

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has named Joe Grieshaber as its new president of Fred Meyer Stores, replacing Jeff Burt, who resigned on March 20, 2017 to become Target Corporation’s senior vice president of grocery, fresh food and beverage. Grieshaber had been serving as president of Kroger's Columbus, Ohio, division.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe To Open First Locations In Idaho

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, has signed a franchise agreement to open four restaurants in Idaho, with the first cafe slated to open in Boise this June. The new restaurants will mark the brand's entry into the state and will be owned and operated by KMP TSC, LLC, comprised of longtime entrepreneurs and husband-and-wife team, Kory and Michelle Pukash.

Zoup! Opens 100th Restaurant

Southfield, Mich. — Zoup!, a leading fast-casual soup concept restaurant, got its start in 1998 with a single restaurant in Southfield, Mich. On March 16, 2017 the flagship Zoup! welcomed a second location to Southfield, marking yet another momentous milestone: the opening of its 100th restaurant.

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