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Finish Line Deploys Merchandise Planning Solution from TXT Retail, an Aptos Company

Atlanta — Premium sports footwear and apparel retailer The Finish Line, Inc. has successfully implemented the TXT Retail Merchandise Planning Solution from TXT Retail, an Aptos Company. With this rollout, the retailer gains world-class merchandise financial planning across its 950 locations in the U.S. and its digital channels.

Art Van Furniture President & CEO to Retire

Warren, Mich. — Kim Yost, president and CEO of Art Van Furniture, plans to retire after 9 years with the company. In order to ensure a seamless leadership transition, Yost will maintain his current role until a successor has been appointed. Art Van has commenced a process to identify and evaluate candidates for the position.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Names New President and COO

Oklahoma City — Orange Leaf has named Kendall Ware as its new president and chief operating officer. Ware, who has more than 10 years of franchise leadership experience, most recently served as vice president of operations and training for the Orange Leaf brand. As president and COO, Ware will oversee strategic development, operational execution and brand growth.

Custom Apparel Brand INDOCHINO Builds Retail Network With 4 New Locations

Vancouver, B.C. — INDOCHINO, the global leader in made-to-measure apparel, is launching a “designed by you” showroom experience this spring in key U.S. markets: Charlotte, N.C.; Houston; Austin, Texas; and Dallas. The locations are four of several new showrooms slated for 2018 as the company continues to accelerate expansion and transform retail by making luxury custom clothing an affordable reality for millions of men.

Albertsons to Buy Rite Aid

Boise, Idaho — Boise, Idaho-based grocery chain Albertsons Cos. has agreed to acquire Rite Aid Corp., one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, for an undisclosed sum. The integrated company will operate about 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters, and 320 clinics across 38 states and Washington, D.C., serving more than 40 million customers per week.

Dog Haus Makes Tennessee Debut

Nashville, Tenn. — On February 17, 2018, Dog Haus Biergarten opened its first Tennessee location, on Broad Street in Murfreesboro. The California-based concept is renowned for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and one-of-a-kind creations — made using all-natural vegetarian-fed pork, chicken and beef raised without antibiotics or hormones.

Dunkin’ Donuts Opened More Than 86 Non-Traditional Locations in 2017

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts’ franchisees opened more than 86 new non-traditional locations across the country in 2017. The brand continues to open restaurants throughout the hotel sector, including a Great Wolf Lodge location in Bloomington, Minn., and two restaurants in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino located in Las Vegas and Biloxi, Miss. Other notable non-traditional partnerships throughout 2017 include a three-unit deal with Price Chopper in Kansas and the opening of 12 rest stop and travel center restaurants.

Kroger Opens Culinary Innovation Center in Cincinnati

Cincinnati — Kroger has opened its Culinary Innovation Center in downtown Cincinnati. Kroger commenced construction on the 12,000-square-feet, LEED-designed Center in March 2017. The commercial kitchen features multiple cooking stations, spaces and capabilities, including technology that allows video streaming of educational sessions to Kroger associates across the country.

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