Food Lion Expands To Go Services at 24 Additional Stores

Salisbury, N.C. — Food Lion is expanding its Food Lion To Go grocery pickup service to 24 more stores in North Carolina and Kentucky, beginning Sept. 26. With the addition of these 24 stores, Food Lion To Go is now

Salad Collective Acquires Tokyo Joe’s

Golden, Colo. — Salad Collective, a Golden, Colo.-based operating company of better-for-you brands MAD Greens and Snappy Salads, has acquired Tokyo Joe’s, adding to its portfolio another Colorado-grown fast casual concept with strong regional consumer appeal. The acquisition of the

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

LGC Expands Footprint to Meet Client Employment Needs

Indianapolis — LGC, a national staffing company with offices in over 40 cities, has expanded its national footprint, adding staffing services in Boise, Idaho; Baton Rouge, La.; Las Vegas; Albuquerque, N.M.; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Salt Lake City. LGC also

Crayola Experience to Open 5 New Locations Through 2027

Forks Township, Pa. — Crayola has entered into an agreement with BrightColors LLC to open at least five new Crayola Experience venues, doubling Crayola’s presence in the U.S. The company’s portfolio currently includes five locations in Easton, Pa.; Orlando, Fla.;

International Dairy Queen Names New COO, International

Minneapolis — International Dairy Queen Inc. (IDQ) has hired Nicolas Boudet as chief operating officer, international. Boudet will lead the international business, including operations, franchise development, supply chain and marketing in more than 20 countries outside of the U.S. and

Sparc Group Appoints New CEO of Reebok

New York City — Sparc Group, a full-service lifestyle brand operating company, has appointed Todd Krinsky as the new CEO of Reebok. Krinsky succeeds Matt O’Toole, who has been leading Reebok for over 15 years and will be joining Authentic

Cantaloupe Inc. Names New CEO and CTO

Malvern, Pa. — Cantaloupe, Inc., a digital payments and software services company that provides end-to-end technology solutions for the unattended retail market, has named Ravi Venkatesan as chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2022. Venkatesan, who currently serves as Cantaloupe’s

Starbucks Enters New Era of Growth Driven by 3-Year Reinvention Plan

Seattle — At Starbucks’ recent biennial Investor Day in Seattle, interim CEO Howard Schultz, CFO Rachel Ruggeri and other Starbucks leaders showcased the company’s Reinvention plan, which aims to invest in partners, customers and stores. The plan is expected to

WaBa Grill Inks 20-Store Development Deal for Northern California

Anaheim Hills, Calif. — WaBa Grill is growing its footprint throughout Northern California with a new development deal that will bring 20 more restaurants from Fresno to Sacramento. The 20-store development deal was signed by longtime WaBa Grill franchisees Gurpreet

Ballard Designs Debuts Design Studio Store Concept

West Palm Beach, Fla. — Ballard Designs has chosen West Palm Beach, Fla., as the location of its inaugural Interior Design Studio concept store, and this month opened a newly renovated 2,500-square-foot space to become Ballard’s 17th retail location nationwide.

Slim Chickens Adds Several Locations to South Dakota and Iowa

Sioux Falls, S.D. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise in the better-chicken segment, is expanding its presence throughout eastern South Dakota and northwest Iowa. Existing franchisee Todd Porter of TNT Chicken is spearheading this expansion. Porter is well-versed in

Dragonfruit AI Names Vice President of Business Development 

Menlo Park, Calif. — Dragonfruit AI, retail’s first massively scalable video AI platform, has named Ray Cooke — most recently senior vice president at Hanwha Techwin America — as its new vice president of business development. Dragonfruit’s Frontier was custom-built

ABG Appoints Executive Vice Chairman

New York City — Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a global brand development, marketing and entertainment platform, has appointed Matt O’Toole as executive vice chairman. In his new role, O’Toole will work in tandem with ABG’s leadership team on new brand

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

Target Announces Leadership Updates

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has announced that Brian Cornell has committed to remain as CEO and lead the company for approximately 3 more years. Additionally, Arthur Valdez, executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer, will retire from

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Mourns the Loss of EVP and CFO

Union, N.J. — According to Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., Gustavo Arnal, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the company, passed away on September 2, 2022. The entire Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. organization is profoundly saddened by