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Saladworks Plans to Open 17 New Locations in 2019

Philadelphia — With successful 2018 openings in four states, Saladworks, the healthy, fast-casual franchise, will continue to expand its national footprint to new and existing states in 2019. With 10 new stores committed to by new and existing franchisees in 2018, the expanding brand is on target to open 17 locations in 2019. Stores will open in Rhode Island, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, California, Minnesota and Arkansas.

Express, Inc. CEO Departs, Company Names Interim CEO/President

Columbus, Ohio — David Kornberg, chief executive officer of Express, Inc., a leading fashion apparel retailer, has departed. Effective January 22, 2019, Kornberg vacated his positions as CEO, president and a member of the board of directors. Kornberg will remain employed by the company through February 21, 2019. The board of directors has appointed Matthew Moellering as interim CEO and interim president until a permanent CEO and president is appointed.

CoreLife Eatery to Open Milestone 50th Location

Fort Wayne, Ind. — CoreLife Eatery, an active lifestyle restaurant offering a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes, will soon hit a major milestone by opening its 50th location. The brand will open in Fort Wayne, Ind., for the first time on January 31, 2019. This is the fifth Indiana location for the fast-growing brand.

Cushman & Wakefield Completes Acquisition of QSI Facilities

Chicago — On January 2, 2019, Cushman & Wakefield completed its acquisition of Quality Solutions, Inc. (QSI). This acquisition will expand Cushman & Wakefield’s facilities management capabilities and coverage across North American markets by leveraging QSI’s strong supply chain of 50,000+ qualified suppliers and 75+ facilities trades. Cushman & Wakefield’s intention to acquire QSI was previously announced in November 2018.

GPS Hospitality Names Senior Vice President of Operations

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one the nation’s largest franchisees of BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, has promoted Mike Kovac to senior vice president of operations. Previously, he was vice president of operations, where he achieved consecutive yearly sales increases.

Skechers Breaks Ground on Corporate Headquarters Expansion

Manhattan Beach, Calif. — Footwear industry leader Skechers USA, Inc. has broken ground on an expansion of its corporate headquarters that will span several adjacent buildings in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, Calif. The project will more than double the company’s office, design and showroom space in the South Bay, bringing it to just over 330,000 square feet. Completion is anticipated for 2022, just in time for Skechers’ 30th anniversary.

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