SMS Assist Opens Second Office

Chicago — SMS Assist, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing technology companies, has opened a second area office in suburban Naperville, Ill. The expansion will allow SMS Assist, based in downtown Chicago, to accelerate investments in its industry-leading workforce and business solutions, which bring efficiency to multisite property management.

Englewood Construction Launches Multiple Restaurant Projects

Chicago — Englewood Construction has begun work on six restaurant projects, including three new Wings Over restaurants in Athens, Ga., Clemson, S.C., and College Park, Md.; a new Outback Steakhouse in Gurnee, Ill.; the renovation of an existing Ruth's Chris in San Diego; and the construction of the base building and utility infrastructure for a planned CoreLife Eatery in a Springfield, Ill., retail center owned by Seritage Growth Properties.

Arby’s Plans 25 New Restaurants in Chicagoland

Atlanta — Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG) has signed development agreements to build 25 new restaurants in the Chicago metropolitan area over the next 5 years. Chicago is a priority growth market for Arby’s where the brand has 64 restaurants and the potential to triple its current footprint.

David Yurman Opens First Boutique on Michigan Avenue

New York City — David Yurman, a premier jewelry designer, opened its first boutique on Michigan Avenue on September 1, 2017. Situated on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the new boutique has a two-story historical façade that was maintained and restored to its original condition.

First Nutella Cafe To Open Near Chicago's Millennium Park

Parsippany, N.J. — Ferrero, the makers of Nutella®, The Original Hazelnut Spread®, plans to open its first owned and operated restaurant, the Nutella Café, one block from Millennium Park in Chicago. The new cafe will offer all-day dishes and to-go options when it opens on May 31, 2017.

Rogers & Hollands Jewelers Debuts New Outlet Store Concept

Chicago — For the first time in its 117-year history, Rogers & Hollands Jewelers is launching a new discount store model, Rogers & Hollands Outlet, this April. Two Chicago-area Rogers & Hollands locations, one in North Riverside Park Mall and one in Golf Mill Shopping Center, have been selected to be rebranded, remodeled and reopened as Rogers & Hollands Outlet. 

Cuyana Opens First Chicago Pop-Up

Chicago — Cuyana, a San Francisco-based fashion brand offering "fewer, better" things for women, opened a pop-up shop in early November in Chicago. The shop is located at 840 West Armitage Ave. and will remain open through Christmas Eve.

Sephora Opens 400th Store in North America

San Francisco — On August 26, 2016, Sephora introduced its BEAUTY TIP WORKSHOP concept store to the Midwest with the opening of its new Michigan Avenue store. Chicago's store will be the fourth Sephora BEAUTY TIP store in the U.S., joining San Francisco's Powell Street, Boston's Prudential Center, and Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre locations, which opened within the last year, and marks the beauty retailer's 400th freestanding SEPHORA store in North America.

Kroger’s Bob Mariano To Retire

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has announced the retirement of Roundy's CEO Bob Mariano, effective September 1, after which he will serve as strategic adviser to Kroger and Roundy's for 2 years.

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