Los Angeles — Kitchen United, the virtual restaurant center for innovative brands building off-premise through pickup and delivery, has signed lease agreements for kitchen centers in Columbus, Ohio, and Atlanta. Both locations are expected to open spring 2019 and are part of the company’s significant national expansion plan aimed to support the dramatic, consumer driven shift toward off-premise food consumption.
Louisville, Ky. — Yum! Brands, Inc. has promoted David Gibbs to president and chief operating officer, reporting to CEO Greg Creed. Gibbs, a 29-year veteran of the company, has served as president and chief financial officer for the last 2 years.
Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one the nation’s largest franchisees of BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, has promoted Mike Kovac to senior vice president of operations. Previously, he was vice president of operations, where he achieved consecutive yearly sales increases.
Denver — Sage Restaurant Group, a Denver-based independent restaurant group, has promoted its senior vice president of operations, Brent Berkowitz, to chief operating officer.
Kansas City, Mo. — Service Management Group (SMG), a global customer experience, employee engagement and brand research partner to more than 500 brands, has partnered with leading book retailer Books-A-Million.
San Diego — Petco has appointed accomplished sales leader and retail veteran Justin Tichy as chief stores officer (CSO) to oversee all operations and execution for Petco’s 1,500+ retail locations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Dallas — Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar, a national casual dining brand, has named two franchise industry veterans to its leadership team. Ryan Reeves will assume the role of vice president of sales, and Adam Garner will become vice president of operations.
Fort Worth, Texas — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, the Baja-style taco joint founded near the TCU college campus in 2001, has named industry veteran David Catalano as chief operating officer. Most recently, he was COO at Logan’s Roadhouse.
Saint Louis Park, Minn. — To demonstrate the effectiveness of its loss prevention and labor efficiency solution in Taco Bell franchises, Delaget analyzed key operational metrics of high-adoption users of the software as compared to Taco Bell franchisees not using the software. The results indicate a significant improvement in key metrics tied to loss, as well as substantial soft-cost savings.
Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has named Donald E. Frieson as executive vice president, supply chain, effective August 8, 2018. He will be responsible for the company’s distribution centers, logistics, global sourcing, transportation and delivery services. Frieson will report to Marvin R. Ellison, president and CEO.