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Red Robin Enlists The Cypress Group to Drive Refranchising Efforts

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a full-service restaurant chain, has retained The Cypress Group, a leading restaurant and franchise investment banking firm, to manage Red Robin’s refranchising initiative. Cypress has more than 25 years of multi-unit…

SMS Assist Hires Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer

Chicago — SMS Assist has hired Graham Blackwell as chief strategy and revenue officer. A deeply experienced operating executive, Blackwell will lead SMS Assist’s strategy, pricing, marketing and sales organizations and help the company continue to innovate and evolve its…

Sage Restaurant Group Brings in New Talent and Promotes From Within

Denver — Sage Restaurant Group, a Denver-based independent restaurant group, has made several new hires and internal promotions as the company expands its corporate leadership team and continues to grow nationally. SRG has hired Adam Titze as vice president of…

Agilence and Omnivore Team Up for Restaurants

Mount Laurel, N.J. — Agilence, Inc., a leader in vertical business intelligence for restaurant operators, has partnered with Omnivore, provider of the universal POS API and digital marketplace that helps to optimize the digital restaurant experience. The Agilence 20/20 Data…

Knoebel Construction Names Senior Project Manager

St. Louis — Bryon Muir has been promoted to senior project manager at Knoebel Construction. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of select retail center, restaurant, grocery and retail store construction projects, both in St. Louis and nationally. He…

Dine Brands Global Plans 19 New IHOP® Restaurants in Pakistan

Glendale, Calif., and Karachi, Pakistan — Dine Brands Global Inc. has signed a deal with several principals of Gerry’s Group, a leading Pakistan-based logistics and food-and-beverage group, to bring the IHOP brand to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The deal…

LSI Industries Hires VP of Strategic Initiatives

Cincinnati — LSI Industries, Inc. has appointed Nelson Wesley as vice president strategic initiatives. He will oversee initiatives focused on improving sales, driving operational efficiency and ultimately improving financial performance of the company. He will report to the CMO, Scott…

Williams Company Southeast Completes Phase I of Vineland Pointe

Orlando, Fla. — Orlando, Fla.-based general contractor Williams Company Southeast has completed Phase I of the 450,000-square-foot Vineland Pointe retail center in Orlando. A joint development effort of O’Connor Capital Partners and LaSalle Investment Management, the center’s initial phase includes…

J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc. Names New Leadership Promotions

Nashville, Tenn. — J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of a collection of restaurants which includes J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill and selected other restaurants, has promoted Mark A. Parkey to president and CEO, effective…

Barnes & Noble Appoints Chief Information Officer

New York City — Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller, has appointed Carlo Pochintesta as chief information officer. Pochintesta joins the company from Rag & Bone Holdings, LLC, where he also served as chief information officer. He…

The Hummus & Pita Co. to Expand to the Southeast

Atlanta — The Hummus & Pita Co., one of the country’s fastest growing Mediterranean fast-casuals, has signed a multi-unit deal to expand its franchise to the Southeast. Franchisees Jay Gill and Patrick Sidhu will bring five locations to the Atlanta…

Jos. A. Bank Reopens Renovated Madison Avenue Flagship

Fremont, Calif. — On March 5, 2019, Jos. A. Bank opened its newly renovated flagship store in New York City. The two-story location at the corner of Madison Avenue and 46th Street spans over 13,800 square feet. The Madison location,…

Veggie Grill Teams Up with Sodexo to Expand on College Campuses

Santa Monica, Calif. — Veggie Grill has partnered with Sodexo Inc., a global provider of food and facilities management, to offer Veggie Grill’s plant-based menu at university campuses. Since its inception in 2006, Veggie Grill has opened 32 locations in…

Konover South Names EVP of Development & Construction

Deerfield Beach, Fla. — Former ALDI development executive Jeffrey Williams has been promoted to executive vice president of development and construction for Konover South, LLC. Having previously served as senior vice president of development, Williams now provides management and oversight…

NECA Appoints Next Chief Executive Officer

Bethesda, Md. — The National Association of Electrical Contractors (NECA) has appointed T. David Long as chief executive officer. He will officially join the NECA staff on April 1, 2019. “After a national search, the executive committee unanimously selected David…

Charlotte Russe to Close All Remaining 416 Stores

San Francisco — After 44 years, fast-fashion retailer Charlotte Russe is going out of business and closing all of the company’s remaining 416 store locations. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware approved an order naming SB360 Capital Partners as…

Whole Foods to Open 500th Location in Atlanta

Atlanta — Whole Foods Market will celebrate its 500th store on April 5, 2019 with the opening of Whole Foods Market Midtown, a 70,000-square-foot, four-story location situated at 22 W. 14th St. in Midtown Atlanta, about 1 mile north of…

Family Dollar to Close Nearly 400 Stores Across U.S.

Chesapeake, Va. — Variety store chain Family Dollar will close 390 stores this year and make changes to the stores it is keeping open as the retailer seeks a turnaround. Dollar Tree Inc., which purchased Family Dollar in 2015 for…

FRONTIER Building Completes First Chili’s in Pittsfield, Mass.

Miami — FRONTIER Building has completed the new Chili’s Grill & Bar located at 555 Hubbard Ave. in the Berkshire Crossing Shopping Center in Pittsfield, Mass. The 5,000-square-foot casual dining restaurant is a first for Pittsfield and the surrounding Berkshire…

Weitzman to Remodel Fielder Plaza in Texas

Arlington, Texas — Weitzman’s management division will soon begin the redevelopment of Fielder Plaza, a 157,575-square-foot retail center in Arlington, Texas. The project will include a remodeling of the interior of the 52,000-square-foot anchor space occupied by grocer Tom Thumb,…

Cauldron Ice Cream Opens First Texas Location

Dallas — Cauldron Ice Cream, the rapidly growing California-based scoop shop known for its made-to-order nitrogen ice cream, opened its first Texas location on March 2, 2019 in Dallas. “The quality, taste and unforgettable customer experience that Cauldron Ice Cream…

Connection Appoints New CFO

Merrimack, N.H. — Connection (PC Connection, Inc.), a leading IT solutions provider to various industries including retail, has named Thomas C. Baker as its new senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Effective March 1, 2019, Baker reports to…

Gap Inc. to Close 230 Stores, Spin Off Old Navy

San Francisco — Gap Inc. will close approximately 230 Gap specialty stores within the next 2 years, the San Francisco-based apparel chain announced in its fourth-quarter and 2018 fiscal year reports, released on February 28, 2019. Gap Inc. also revealed…

The Michaels Companies Names Executive Transition

Irving, Texas — The Michaels Companies, Inc. has appointed seasoned retail executive Mark S. Cosby as interim CEO and board member, effective February 28, 2019. He succeeds Chuck Rubin, who has mutually agreed with the board to transition from CEO…