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CRG Partners with Crate & Barrel for First Full-Service Restaurant

Chicago — Cornerstone Restaurant Group (CRG), a national leader in the restaurant space, looks beyond traditional borders in restaurant dining to where the customer is consuming today. Widely considered a trailblazer in the delivery space in Chicago, CRG is embracing

Nathan’s Famous Names Senior Vice President, Restaurants

Jericho, N.Y. — Nathan’s Famous has hired James Walker, CFE, as the company’s senior vice president, restaurants. He joins the company from Subway where he was vice president, North America, overseeing all franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. “We

Let’s Pave Named One of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces 2019

Oak Brook, Ill. — Let’s Pave LLC, a national provider of specialized paving services and solutions, has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2019 in the fast-growing private company sector. The Best Workplaces list appears in the

Women’s Apparel Chain Dressbarn to Close All 650 Stores

Mahwah, N.J. — Dressbarn, a women’s apparel retailer, plans to eventually close all 650 of its stores nationwide. The New Jersey-based company is winding down its retail operations and plans to assist its 6,800 associates with transition support as individual

FRONTIER Building Completes North Miami Krispy Kreme

North Miami, Fla. — South Florida’s iconic Krispy Kreme, located on 167th Street in North Miami, has been replaced with a larger, more modern version of the famous Hot N’ Ready doughnut shop with a few additional features. FRONTIER Building

JCPenney Names EVP, Chief Customer Officer

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has named Shawn Gensch as executive vice president, chief customer officer, effective June 3, reporting directly to CEO Jill Soltau. He joins the company from Sprouts Farmers Market. “I am delighted to

Branded Group Co-Founder Nominated as a Top Businesswoman in Orange County

Orange, Calif. — Branded Group’s co-founder and vice president of business development, Kiira (Esposito) Belonzi, has been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s 2019 Women in Business Award. The awards program, entering its 25th year, highlights exceptional female business

The Greene Turtle Names New President/CEO

Columbia, Md. – The board of directors of The Greene Turtle has named Geovannie “Geo” Concepcion, formerly COO of Minneapolis-based Famous Dave’s, as president/CEO. He plans to guide the 44-unit casual dining chain to the next stage in its growth

Levin Management Hires VP of Property Management

North Plainfield, N.J. — Levin Management Corporation (LMC), a North Plainfield, N.J.-based commercial real estate services firm, has added Erika Toscani as vice president of property management. She brings more than 20 years of property management and industry leadership experience

Restaurant Magic Promotes Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Tampa, Fla. — Restaurant Magic has promoted Michael Beck to vice president of sales & marketing. Prior to this promotion, Beck was Restaurant Magic’s director of sales. In his new role, Beck will work to grow, train and manage Restaurant

Trader Joe’s to Open New Hyde Park Location

Chicago — Trader Joe’s will open a new store in the Hyde Park Shopping Center, expanding the grocery options available for residents of the South Side of Chicago. It is the goal of Trader Joe’s to open the store in

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar to Open First Location in Florida

Costa Mesa, Calif. — Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, the casual dining restaurant known for its handcrafted American food and drink, plans to open its first restaurant in Florida next year, which will be located at the Westfield Broward Mall

Shakespeare & Co. to Open First Store in Lower Manhattan

New York City — According to Brookfield Properties, Shakespeare & Co. will open a new bookstore at Brookfield Place at 230 Vesey St. in Lower Manhattan as part of its ongoing expansion plans. The planned opening date is January 2020.

Bed Bath & Beyond Announces CEO Transition

Union, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has announced that Mary Winston, a seasoned public company executive who recently joined the Bed Bath & Beyond board of directors, has been appointed interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. Steven Temares

Rebag Expands Retail Presence with New California Store

New York City — On May 9, 2019, luxury handbag authority Rebag opened its third retail location in California and sixth brick-and-mortar location in the U.S., opening in the Westfield Santa Anita mall in Santa Anita, Calif. “When planning our

ServiceMaster DSI Names Director of Strategic Marketing

Chicago — DSI Holdings Corporation, the largest owner and operator of ServiceMaster franchises in the United States, has hired Michael Ganda as its new director of strategic marketing. His primary responsibility will be overseeing DSI’s web site and digital presence.

Cuhaci & Peterson Promotes Senior Vice President of Engineering

Orlando, Fla. — Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers and Planners has promoted Joe Keene to senior vice president of engineering. Formerly vice president of mechanical engineering, Keene will now oversee strategic direction and management of the firm’s engineering disciplines, including

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens 750th Location

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC, a leading national fast-casual cafe concept, is opening the 750th location in its system on May 17, 2019 in Sugar Land, Texas. This major milestone showcases Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s rapid growth and sets the

Office Depot Appoints SVP and Chief Accounting Officer

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. has promoted Richard Haas to senior vice president and chief accounting officer, effective June 14, 2019. He will report to Office Depot’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, Joseph Lower. Haas has

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Opens First California Location

Irvine, Calif. — Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened its first shop in California on May 6, 2019. The new shop in Irvine, a franchise location, is located at the Walnut Village Center. First announced in August 2018, this is the first

Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association Becomes Connex

Denver — After almost 25 years, the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, has rebranded and is now Connex. The rebranding announcement was made April 30, 2019 to a record-setting crowd by Bill