construction and design

New York City — Macy’s Inc. plans to close 150 of its namesake department stores over the next 3 years. According to the retail giant, these stores represent 25% of the company’s gross square footage as of fiscal year-end 2023 but only account for 10% of sales. (Macy’s fiscal 2023 ended Feb. 3, 2024.) Macy’s anticipates closing approximately 50 stores by the end of fiscal year 2024, the locations of which have not been disclosed, though CNBC reports some are located in California, Florida, Hawaii and Virginia. Other elements of …

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Dallas — When SSCP acquired Corner Bakery Cafe in June 2023, its goal was to stabilize the brand and lay a strong foundation that would drive growth of the 100+ unit chain in 2024 and beyond. Less than 6 months later, Corner Bakery Cafe’s comprehensive brand revitalization efforts are well underway — already resulting in positive sales growth, steady employee retention and improved guest experience. In addition, Corner Bakery Cafe is embarking on a comprehensive plan to remodel most of its corporate cafes in the coming months. Simultaneously, the brand …

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Seattle — On Feb. 16, 2024, Starbucks Coffee Company announced that it is creating a more accessible store experience across its U.S. store portfolio through an Inclusive Spaces Framework. The first store to be built using the inclusive design framework opened on Feb. 16 in Washington, D.C. The new store features items such as optimized acoustics and lighting for improved visual and audible communication for customers and accessible equipment designs for a better partner (employee) experience among other features. The Inclusive Spaces Framework was created in partnership with a diverse …

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Fort Worth, Texas — Westwood Contractors, renowned for its national expertise in retail and commercial construction, has hired Allen Crowley as its new director of construction. Crowley’s inclusion represents a significant milestone for the company, leveraging his wealth of experience amassed through a multifaceted career in construction spanning over four decades. His expertise encompasses a diverse array of projects, including those within retail, restaurant, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. As an integral member of the leadership team, Crowley plays a critical role overseeing the operations department, ensuring projects are completed …

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St. Louis —  Philly Pretzel Factory is about to become a household name in the St. Louis market. The nation’s largest Philly-style pretzel brand will convert 11 Pretzel Pretzel locations throughout the region into new Philly Pretzel Factory locations within the next month. Philly Pretzel Factory CEO and co-founder, Dan DiZio, met with Pretzel Pretzel franchisees, sharing his humble founding story, mission and explaining the strengths of the Philly Pretzel Factory franchise support system. The message resonated — as all 11 Pretzel Pretzel franchisees opted to convert their stores to …

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Russell Leffers MaintenX Remodeling Quote

It’s going to happen, and any quick-service restaurant (QSR) owner-operator knows it. Sometime not too far in the future, they’ll need a refresh or remodel of their properties. There’s no getting out of it. Here are some hints from two project managers from MaintenX, a provider of HVAC&R, plumbing, electrical, roofing, construction and general contracting for multisite retailers, restaurants, healthcare, multifamily and other industries. They cover key topics like assembling the correct refresh or remodel team, managing the process and keeping projects on track in the face of potential delays, with a …

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— Interview with Sean Gillespie — R&R: Where are you based and how long has the company been in business? Sean Gillespie: Our headquarters is located about 30 miles west of Atlanta in Villa Rica, Georgia. We also have locations/operations in Tampa, Destin and Orlando, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Dallas/Fort Worth; and Nashville, Tennessee. Harrison Contracting Company, Inc. (HCC) has been in business since 1995. R&R: How long have you been with the company?  Gillespie: Since 2018. R&R: What services do you offer retailers and restaurants?  Gillespie: We predominantly provide commercial …

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New York City — JPMorgan Chase & Co. plans to expand its brick-and-mortar footprint by adding 500 Chase bank branches over the next 3 years. The New York City-based institution also plans to renovate 1,700 existing bank locations across the United States. New branches will expand JPMorgan Chase’s footprint in existing markets like Boston; Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Philadelphia; and Minneapolis. The company will also enter several new markets, including low- to moderate-income rural communities that previously had little access to traditional banking service. The multibillion-dollar expansion effort will also …

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Chicago  — McHugh Construction, one of the Midwest’s largest commercial contractors, has completed the $30 million adaptive reuse transformation of Chicago’s historic Ramova Theatre from a long-shuttered single-screen cinema to an 1,800-person concert hall in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. As part of the 36,000-square-foot project on S. Halsted Street, McHugh also built out space for Other Half Brewing, an independent craft brewery and taproom; Ramova Grill, an 18-seat diner; and Ramova Loft, a second-floor 200-person event venue. The renovated Ramova Theatre reopened on Dec. 31, 2023. Ramova Theatre originally opened in …

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Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart plans to expand by more than 150 new stores over the next 5 years, both through new construction and converting existing buildings. The first two stores under this initiative — both under the company’s smaller-format Walmart Neighborhood Market banner — are scheduled to open this spring in Santa Rosa, Fla., and Atlanta. The company is currently finalizing plans for 12 new projects, one of which will be the conversion of a smaller existing location into a large-format Walmart Supercenter, which serves as both a grocery store …

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