Chicken Salad Chick Makes South Florida Debut

Auburn, Ala. — Chicken Salad Chick, a Southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, will be expanding in Florida with its newest restaurant in Coral Springs. The Coral Springs restaurant marks the first Florida opening this year with additional locations in

Hy-Brid Lifts Names New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Richfield, Wis. — Hy-Brid Lifts, an industry leader in aerial lift equipment, has named Marshall Shaver as vice president of sales and marketing. Shaver’s responsibilities will include leading the sales and marketing team, growing the customer base and continuing to

Golden Chick’s First Modular Constructed Restaurant to Open in 2021

Dallas — Golden Chick is kicking off 2021 with innovation in restaurant design and development by introducing the franchise’s very first modular constructed building. The first restaurant is scheduled to be installed in Saginaw, Texas, this month with an expected

URBN Makes Management Changes

Philadelphia — Urban Outfitters, Inc., a leading lifestyle products and services company which operates a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, FP Movement, Terrain, Urban Outfitters, Nuuly and Menus & Venues, has made key management

Francisca Restaurant to Open 12 New Locations in Florida

Miami — Francisca Restaurant, one of the most successful Latin American gastronomic concepts in Miami, plans to open 12 new locations in Florida as part of its expansion plan for 2021. The announcement was unveiled with a giant billboard in

Liberty University to Redevelop Portion of Mall Near Campus

Lynchburg, Va. — The first week of January, River Ridge outlined the next phase of its redevelopment, beginning with the demolition of the former Macy’s building on the West End of the property scheduled for first quarter 2021. The revitalized West

Tijuana Flats Debuts New High-Tech Restaurant Design

Orlando, Fla. — Tijuana Flats has launched a newly designed prototype, which will soon be the norm in many of the brand’s locations. The new look includes a fresh, bright design and high-tech enhancements that will improve the guest experience.

Starbucks Details CFO Succession Plan

Seattle — Starbucks Corporation has announced that, after a more than 35-year career in finance, Patrick Grismer has decided to retire from his position as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective February 1, 2021. Rachel Ruggeri, senior

Biscuitville Promotes From Within to Name New CEO

Greensboro, N.C. — Kathie S. Niven, who joined Greensboro, N.C.-based Biscuitville Fresh Southern® in 2011 and became president in early 2018, has taken on an additional role as the company’s chief executive officer. Burney Jennings, who was formerly Biscuitville’s CEO,

Westwood Contractors Names New CEO

Fort Worth, Texas — Westwood Contractors has added Stefan Figley as chief executive officer, a role he officially assumed on December 7, 2020. Robert D. Benda, who has served as CEO since 2005, will continue with the company as chairman

Ruby Red’s BBQ, Designed by Oculus, to Debut in Los Angeles

Los Angeles — Ruby Red’s BBQ, a new Texas-style barbeque restaurant, will be coming to Los Angeles in April 2021. The restaurant is owned by Steve Williamson of Ruby Red’s, Majestic Retail Group and Williamson General Contracting; Oculus Inc., a

Del Taco Debuts Reimagined Store Design with “Fresh Flex” Prototype

Lake Forest, Calif. — Del Taco is debuting its highly-anticipated new store prototype: a sleek, bold, contemporary model, “Fresh Flex,” that reconceptualizes the restaurant inside and out. Striking exteriors and distinctive interiors evoke the brand’s contemporized feel. At the same

Crate and Barrel Selects Glympse to Enhance Curbside Pickup Experience 

Northbrook, Ill. — Crate and Barrel is enhancing its curbside pickup with Glympse, a day-of-service mobile communications platform that facilitates and delivers proactive engagement between customers and store associates. The service is one of many enhancements in the retailer’s drive

Simon Property Group Completes Acquisition of Taubman Centers, Inc.

Indianapolis — Simon Property Group, Inc. has completed its acquisition of an 80% ownership interest in The Taubman Realty Group Limited Partnership (TRG) for approximately $3.4 billion. Under the terms of the transaction, Simon, through its operating partnership, Simon Property

Planet Fitness Unveils New Prototypes Now Open for the New Year

St. Louis — Planet Fitness has partnered with Poettker Construction on three health fitness clubs located throughout the greater St. Louis area in 2020. Poettker served as the construction manager for the Festus, Washington and Ballwin, Mo., locations, which opened

Slim Chickens Inks Agreements for 150 Units in 2020

Fayetteville, Ark. — Slim Chickens is closing out 2020 with a bang: the brand has inked multi-unit franchise agreements for 150 units this year. In what was a precarious 12 months for the restaurant sector, Slim Chickens signed multi-unit agreements

Former Pet Valu Stores in 7 States to Reopen as Pet Supplies Plus

Livonia, Mich. — Closing its record-breaking growth year on a positive note, Pet Supplies Plus will acquire an estimated 40 previously operated Pet Valu locations throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia with some locations to reopen

The Home Depot Completes Acquisition of HD Supply

Atlanta — The Home Depot® has completed the acquisition of HD Supply Holdings, Inc., for approximately $8 billion. HD Supply is a leading national distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products in the multifamily and hospitality end markets. The