Red Robin Reopening 65% of Company-Owned Dining Rooms

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a full-service restaurant chain, expects to have reopened approximately 270 dining rooms with limited capacity by June 7, 2020, representing approximately 65% of currently open company-operated restaurants. “With our relentless focus

Pet Wants Reaches 100 Franchise Retail Locations

Cincinnati — Pet Wants®, the Cincinnati-based high-quality pet food and supplies franchise, has hit a major milestone: reaching 100 franchise locations. The 100 franchise units — 25 retail stores and 75 mobile operations — all offer free delivery, making the

Presto Offers Free Contactless Dining Kits to Restaurants

Redwood City, Calif. — Presto, known for its in-house ordering tablets, has pivoted its business to help out the restaurant industry and is now offering a free Contactless Dining kit. The new kit enables restaurants to provide an end-to-end contactless

Five Below Reopens 75% of its Stores

Philadelphia — Five Below, Inc., an extreme-value retailer for tweens, teens and beyond, has reopened 75% of its 900+ store fleet. In addition to reopening over 700 stores since April 21, Five Below has opened 40 brand new stores so

Dine Brands Global, Inc. Begins CEO Search

Glendale, Calif. — The board of directors of Dine Brands Global, Inc. has retained executive search firm Spencer Stuart to assist the company in identifying an individual to succeed its chief executive officer, Steve Joyce. Joyce’s employment agreement expires February

JCPenney Plans to Have Nearly 500 Stores Reopened by June 3

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney recently reopened 150 stores in 27 states, bringing the total to 304 reopened stores nationwide after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Additionally, five stores are currently offering contact-free curbside pickup only.

Agilysys Names New Chief Financial Officer

Alpharetta, Ga. — Agilysys, Inc., a leading global provider of next-generation hospitality software solutions and services, will promote Dave Wood, its current vice president – corporate strategy and investor relations, to chief financial officer on June 1, 2020. The appointment

Harrison Contracting Company Celebrates 25 Years, Launches New Website

Villa Rica, Ga. — Harrison Contracting Company, LLC celebrates 25 years in business and launches an updated company website dedicated to sharing the company’s heart, expertise and philosophy. In February 1995, Deryl Harrison started Harrison Contracting Company with a very

Rise Signs 25-Unit Development Deal in Virginia

Durham, N.C. — Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken, the nation’s fastest growing biscuits and fried chicken chain with over 100 units in development across the country, has signed an area development agreement for the state of Virginia. BDVA Holdings,

Master-Bilt Manufacturing Facility to Close in Mississippi

New Albany, Miss. — After a full review of its business opportunities, market conditions and other options, Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG) has reached the difficult but necessary decision to begin the process of permanently closing its manufacturing facility located in

Bal Harbour Shops Reopens With a COVID-19 Plan

Bal Harbour, Fla. — With carefully considered planning, following CDC guidelines and in alignment with state and local officials, Bal Harbour Shops opened on May 18 with increased safety precautions to protect customers, retailers and employees. In keeping with Miami-Dade

Texas Bars to Reopen; Restaurants to Increase Capacity

Austin, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released plans for the second phase of the state’s plan to reopen the economy at a press conference on May 18, notably giving bars the option to begin reopening on May 22. Under

MaintenX Urges Facility Managers to Plan for Summer Challenges

Tampa, Fla. — 2020 has been difficult for facility managers (FMs), especially those in small businesses. Challenges surrounding cash flow, remote work and personal safety are understandably top of mind. In addition to all these COVID-19 related challenges, hurricanes and

Pier 1 to Permanently Close All Stores

Fort Worth, Texas — Pier 1 Imports, Inc. has filed a motion seeking Bankruptcy Court approval to begin an orderly wind-down of the company’s retail operations as soon as reasonably possible after store locations are able to reopen following the

Slim Chickens Inks Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement in Cleveland

Cleveland — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-through in the “better chicken” segment, will open its first location in Cleveland in the first quarter of 2021. The forthcoming restaurant comes out of the brand’s recent