Boston Retail Solutions Hires Chief Operating Officer

Vero Beach, Fla. — Boston Retail Solutions (formerly known as Boston Barricade) has hired Randy Ahlm as its new chief operating officer (COO). He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations to help the company navigate what it expects

Bloomin’ Brands Selects api(+) for Fleming’s Flagship

Tampa, Fla. — api(+) is providing branding, design and architecture services for a new Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar flagship, a freestanding, 300-seat fine dining concept to be located near Bloomin’ Brands’ headquarters in Tampa, Fla. api(+) was selected

Au Bon Pain Reveals New Bakery-Cafe Design

Dallas — Au Bon Pain, the bakery-cafe brand known for its gourmet convenience, has revealed a bold new store design. Planned to roll out companywide in 2023, the new design continues Au Bon Pain’s forward momentum started in July 2021,

Meijer Introduces New Grocery Store Concept

Grand Rapids, Mich. — On Sept. 1, 2022, Meijer introduced a new brick-and-mortar store concept — Meijer Grocery — that will provide convenience for customers who are looking for a simplified shopping experience, while providing communities easier access to fresher

Panera Tests New AI Ordering Technology for Drive-Thru Lanes

St. Louis — On Aug. 29, 2022, Panera Bread began testing AI technology in drive-thru lanes with an aim to improve and enhance the guest experience. With support from OpenCity, select Panera bakery-cafes in the greater Rochester, N.Y., area have

REGO Restaurant Group Partners with BCubed Manufacturing

Denver — As part of its brands’ continued transformations, REGO Restaurant Group — parent company of fast-casual sandwich chain Quiznos and regional Mexican chain Taco Del Mar, among other brands — has inked a strategic partnership and development deal with

NELSON Renovates and Reimagines Original KFC Location and Museum

Corbin, Ky. — Located in North Corbin, Ky., the Sanders Cafe is a historic restaurant and museum widely recognized by enthusiasts throughout the globe as the birthplace of the now-famous fast food restaurant chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken. Operated by Harland

//3877 Designs New Flagship for Cracked Eggery

Washington, D.C. — Cracked Eggery’s newest location in Washington D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood is now open. Designed by local architecture and design firm //3877, the 1,609-square-foot space marks the second flagship location for the Cracked Eggery brand, beloved for its iconic food

Remodel With Modular

— By Rodney Jarboe — How modular trash enclosures keep dumpsters out of sight, but not out of mind.   In the not-so-distant past, almost nobody was paying attention to the design or materials used for dumpster enclosure construction. A

GUESS Uses Matterport Digital Twins to Reimagine Retail Experience

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Matterport, Inc., the leading spatial data company driving the digital transformation of the built world, has partnered with GUESS?, Inc., the global fashion brand and retailer, to adopt Matterport digital twins to ensure brand consistency across its

Cooking Up Value

— By Bruno Hanelt —   Unlocking hidden value and difference-making savings in restaurant (re)construction projects.   Restaurant owners and operators looking to expand to new spaces are facing some structural market headwinds right now that makes completing reconstruction and

Simon Premium Outlets Outlines Multiple New Developments

Indianapolis — Simon has the following new developments in major growing U.S. markets — Carson, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Tulsa, Okla. — as well as the expansion of Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in New York. “We are thrilled to bring these

Taco Bell Opens New Drive-Thru Prototype in Brooklyn Park, MN

Brooklyn Park, Minn. — Taco Bell has opened its new and innovative drive-thru prototype in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park. Coined Taco Bell Defy, the two-story restaurant features four drive-thru lanes. A proprietary vertical lift transports food items straight

Batteries Plus Rolls Out Rebrand to Spotlight Brand Evolution

Hartland, Wis. — Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and phone repair franchise, is evolving its customer experience across multiple touchpoints. The rebranding — called “Project VOLT” — was a result of comprehensive merchandising

Tim Hortons® U.S. Unveils a New Generation of Its Restaurants

New York City — Tim Hortons® is launching two new next generation restaurant designs in the U.S.: a 900-square-foot drive-thru only model and a 1,600-square-foot restaurant with a 24-seat dining room. The first drive-thru only model will open this summer

MBH Architects Renovates & Expands Waterworks’ Midtown Manhattan Showroom

New York City — Alameda, Calif.-based design firm MBH Architects has completed Waterworks’ newly renovated showroom in midtown Manhattan, in the heart of New York City. Following the successful transformation of the Flatiron location in 2017, MBH Architects was tasked with transforming the

7-Eleven’s Latest Evolution Store Opens in Dallas

Irving, Texas — 7-Eleven, Inc. has opened its fifth Evolution Store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and ninth in the country. Located at the corner of Preston and Alpha roads in Dallas, this new location offers customizable beverage options, a

Catalyst for Transformation

— By John Gajewski, MRICS — Retail strategies for leveraging historic assets to build a competitive edge.   In a highly competitive, complex and dynamically shifting retail market, all eyes are on innovative solutions, and the conditions created by the