Supply Chain Leader Imperial Dade Opens New Facility

Franklin, Mass. — Imperial Dade, a leading national distributor of foodservice packaging and janitorial supplies, has opened a new warehouse facility in Franklin, Mass. The more than 300,000-square-foot warehouse offers direct access to the greater New England area. The facility

Steak n Shake to Sell 15 Company-Owned Locations

New York City — Steak n Shake Inc. is bringing to market 15 restaurants the company closed during the last 12 months. Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC and NAI Global have been retained to run a sale process of the portfolio

Marathon Petroleum to Sell Speedway to 7-Eleven for $21 Billion

Findlay, Ohio — Marathon Petroleum Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement with 7-Eleven Inc., whereby 7-Eleven will acquire the convenience store chain Speedway for $21 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of

Smokey Bones Opening 122 New Virtual Restaurants

Aventura, Fla. — Not many restaurants can triple in size during a global pandemic, but Smokey Bones is doing just that by expanding its virtual restaurants, The Wing Experience and The Burger Experience, to all of its brick-and-mortar restaurants. The

Dickey’s Food Truck Model Thrives Amid the Pandemic

Dallas — Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is rapidly expanding its non-traditional store count with the development of seven new food trucks units. The 79-year-old barbecue franchise reports an uptick in interest from both new and existing franchisees in its food truck

California Pizza Kitchen Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Playa Vista, Calif. — California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is the latest fast-casual restaurant chain to file for bankruptcy protection due to strain brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.

Juice It Up! Elevates Susan Taylor to President and CEO

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, açaí bowl and raw juice chains, has promoted Susan Taylor to president and chief executive officer. She joined Juice It Up!’s senior leadership team last September as

NewGround Promotes Director of Interior Design

Chesterfield, Mo. — NewGround, a St. Louis-based innovative architecture, design and project management firm, has promoted Susan Fischer to director of interior design, effective July 27, with Jill Schumaier’s impending retirement later this year. Fischer has 15 years of commercial

Bed Bath & Beyond Adds New Executive Vice President

Union, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has named Lynda Markoe as executive vice president, chief people & culture officer. She has extensive industry experience from over 30 years at major retailers and will join Bed Bath & Beyond

Slater’s 50/50 Opens First Colorado Restaurant

Denver — Slater’s 50/50, the nationally recognized burger concept known for inventing the 50/50 burger patty made with 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef, celebrated the grand opening of its first Denver restaurant on July 24, 2020. The new

Williams Company Southeast Completes Vineland Pointe Retail Center

Orlando, Fla. — General contractor Williams Company Southeast has completed Phases II and III of the 450,000­square­foot Vineland Pointe retail center in Orlando, Fla. The center’s final phases include a Cheesecake Factory and a new 65,000-square-foot “small-format” Target store that

Taco John’s Opens Second Corporate Office

Minneapolis — Taco John’s, a popular quick-service restaurant brand based in Cheyenne, Wyo., has opened a new franchise support center in Minneapolis. This second corporate office is located at 1650 West End Blvd. Ste. #100 in St. Louis Park. With

Refrigerated Solutions Group Makes Executive Changes

Hudson, Wis. — Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG), an industry leader in refrigerated equipment, has made several executive changes. Kevin Fink will be transitioning out of his CEO role effective July 31st, as part of a planned transition following the sale