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  • Schafer Family Retains 6 Gordy’s Locations
    (progressivegrocer.com - 11/30/2017)
  • The Schafer family, owners of Gordy’s Markets in Wisconsin, has entered a purchase agreement to retain six Gordy’s locations set to be auctioned off. The sale is expected to be approved by a judge on Dec. 11.   (full story)

  • Casey's Celebrates 2000th Store
    (businesswire.com - 11/29/2017)
  • Casey's General Stores, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of its 2,000th store in Russellville, Kentucky on November 30th, 2017...   (full story)

  • PetSmart Hits Major Milestone by Opening 1,600th Store in North America, Now Also in all 50 U.S. St
    (businesswire.com - 11/29/2017)
  • PetSmart announced today it has reached a major milestone by opening its 1,600th store...marking PetSmart’s presence now in all 50 U.S. states...   (full story)

  • Tilly’s, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Results
    (businesswire.com - 11/29/2017)
  • Tilly’s, Inc. today announced financial results for the third quarter...open approximately 10 to 15 new stores during fiscal 2018...   (full story)

  • Vallarta Supermarkets Opens Its Latest Store In Pasadena, California
    (prnewswire.com - 11/29/2017)
  • "The opening of our 50th store located in Pasadena, provides us with an opportunity to expand into a new arena and expand the Vallarta brand," said Rick Castillo, Marketing Director of Vallarta Supermarkets.   (full story)

  • Price Rite unveils rebranding, names Dorey president
    (supermarketnews.com - 11/29/2017)
  • Wakefern, which also operates and licenses the traditional ShopRite supermarket banner, said it plans to roll out the look to all 65 of its Price Rite locations during the next year.   (full story)

  • Workout Anytime Targets Continued Growth, 200 Clubs in 2018
    (clubindustry.com - 11/29/2017)
  • Workout Anytime currently operates 140 clubs across nearly two dozen states. By the end of 2017, de Gorter said the company will add 12 more locations, as well as an additional 18 clubs in the first quarter of 2018. This should bring the company's club count to 200 at some point in 2018   (full story)

  • Newk's Eatery To Open 4 Georgia Restaurants In December
    (prnewswire.com - 11/29/2017)
  • Over the last three years, Newk's has opened more than 45 new company-owned and franchised locations, growing the brand by over 60 percent.   (full story)

  • Physical Stores Will Remain Crucial To Retail Revenue And Branding Through 2020
    (retailtouchpoints.com - 11/28/2017)
  • Even though retail survey respondents expect their e-Commerce revenue share to increase by 50% over the next three years, from 16% to 24%, they still anticipate that physical stores will be responsible for 76% of revenue at that time.   (full story)

  • Carpionato to buy nearly all Benny’s store locations
    (wpri.com - 11/28/2017)
  • Real-estate development company Carpionato Group has reached an agreement to buy 29 Benny’s store locations, Eyewitness News has confirmed. The deal involves 14 Benny’s locations in Rhode Island, 11 in Massachusetts and four in Connecticut.   (full story)

  • Shareholders Look to Stop Ruby Tuesday Deal
    (foodnewsfeed.com - 11/28/2017)
  • Claiming that the deal “significantly undervalues” Ruby Tuesday, a proposed class of Ruby Tuesday Inc. shareholders filed suit against the company and its impending sale in Tennessee federal court ...   (full story)

  • CRE Opinion: What’s Wrong with Those ‘Retail Armageddon’ Headlines
    (dmagazine.com - 11/28/2017)
  • There is great change in our industry. However, the shopping center industry is seeing the highest occupancy levels in many areas of the country that it has ever seen, and most market rents continue to grow. This indicates that while many of our users are dealing with the effects of the internet and evolution, there are many businesses that still need a brick-and-mortar presence to conveniently serve the customer.   (full story)

  • What to Expect From Shake Shack Inc in 2018
    (host.madison.com - 11/28/2017)
  • The most promising news the fast-casual chain has revealed about next year is that it plans to open 32-35 new domestic company-operated restaurants and 16-18 licensed Shacks...   (full story)

  • New York & Company, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Fashion to Figure
    (businesswire.com - 11/28/2017)
  • New York & Company, Inc., a specialty women’s apparel chain with 459 retail stores, today announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire certain assets of Fashion to Figure...   (full story)

  • TBC Plans to Open 7 NTB Locations
    (moderntiredealer.com - 11/28/2017)
  • TBC Corp. plans to open seven NTB Tire & Service Center stores over the next five months...   (full story)

  • QSR Burger, Gourmet Coffee Chains Driving Foodservice Traffic
    (cstoredecisions.com - 11/28/2017)
  • In addition to the contribution of QSR burger and gourmet coffee chains, QSR fast casual restaurants, which represent 8% of QSR traffic, also aided the uptick in foodservice visits this quarter. Fast casual traffic, which includes increased visits to Panera and Chipotle, was up 8% compared to same quarter last year. Unit growth has been the primary contributor to fast casual traffic gains over last several quarters.   (full story)

  • Arby's acquires Buffalo Wild Wings in nearly $3 billion cash deal
    (fastcasual.com - 11/28/2017)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, which has been publicly owned since 2003, has a new owner. Arby's Restaurant Group will acquire the 1,250-unit brand as a privately held subsidiary for $2.9 billion or $157 per share in cash, including its net debt.   (full story)

  • Art Van buys Levin and Wolf
    (furnituretoday.com - 11/27/2017)
  • Art Van Furniture has acquired Top 100 companies Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture in deals that set up yet a new growth path for the furniture giant with combined sales expected to hit $1.3 billion in 2018. “Today’s acquisitions of these two well established furniture retailers underscores a transformative new era of thoughtful expansion at Art Van Furniture,” Art Van President and CEO Kim Yost said in a release.   (full story)

  • A retail weekend for the record books
    (retailleader.com - 11/27/2017)
  • Consumers spent more than $5 billion on Black Friday, 16.9% more than on that day in 2016, and a new record, according to Adobe Analytics. Physical stores still dominated sales, however, and throughout the weekend, more than 145 million adults spent time at malls and shopping centers and spent an average of $377.50. Although this year, fewer retailers opted to open on Thanksgiving Day.   (full story)

  • Longtime Retail Pariah Now A Mall-Industry Darling
    (bisnow.com - 11/27/2017)
  • More than 57 million people or 19.3% of the population belonged to a health club last year. Since 2009, memberships have increased by 26%. While gyms were long thought to be detrimental to the retail environment, consumer spending at fitness centers rose 3.7% in the third quarter compared to the year before, the WSJ reports.   (full story)

  • Rite Aid Announces First Closings of Asset Sale to Walgreens Boots Alliance
    (businesswire.com - 11/27/2017)
  • Under the amended and restated agreement, WBA will purchase a total of 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid for an all-cash purchase price of $4.375 billion on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Rite Aid and WBA expect to continue to transfer ownership of the stores in phases over the coming months, with the goal being to complete the store transfers in spring of 2018.   (full story)

  • Lennys Grill & Subs Builds Momentum Heading into 2018 with Multiple Openings Scheduled
    (restaurantnews.com - 11/27/2017)
  • The five new locations are scheduled to open in early 2018 and an additional opening is scheduled to take place in the first or second quarter of the New Year ... the brand is eyeing markets like San Antonio, Knoxville, Louisville, Florida and the Carolinas for additional expansion in 2018.   (full story)

  • Tiff’s Treats raises $25 million investment for expansion
    (dailytexanonline.com - 11/27/2017)
  • Tiff’s plans to open at least 10 more stores in 2018 and 15 in 2019, according to reports from The Dallas Morning News...   (full story)

  • Malls stepping up holiday spirit to attract — and hold on to — customers this year
    (denverpost.com - 11/25/2017)
  • To remain competitive, malls are embracing their strengths to create a greater sense of place, making the shopping center feel like a town square, where people want to socialize, put their hands on products and ask retailers questions about merchandise. To pull this off, the experience has to be enjoyable. And that’s done by fully embracing the holiday spirit.   (full story)

  • Black Friday boosts battered department stores, some of which are claiming a 'record' weekend
    (cnbc.com - 11/25/2017)
  • Department stores overall appear to have fared well on Black Friday, kicking off the holiday shopping season on a high note. "Black Friday sales and traffic have been very strong, both online and in store — well ahead of last year," Kohl's CEO Kevin Mansell said in a statement Friday evening.   (full story)

  • Apollo nears deal to buy Qdoba from Jack in the Box-sources
    (reuters.com - 11/24/2017)
  • Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC is nearing a deal to buy Qdoba Mexican Eats from restaurant chain Jack in the Box Inc for more than $300 million, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.   (full story)

  • Kwik Trip plans major expansion
    (twincities.com - 11/23/2017)
  • Kwik Trip is planning to make a $300 million capital investment to support its convenience store chain...plans to open 40 to 50 new stores annually...   (full story)

  • Mrs. Winner’s Chicken & Biscuits to Expand in Atlanta
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/23/2017)
  • Currently, Mrs. Winner’s operates 14 locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee and looks to add 25 to 50 new locations over the next five years.   (full story)

  • FullSpeed Automotive™ Acquired by CenterOak Partners
    (franchising.com - 11/23/2017)
  • “We are very excited about the growth potential in the automotive service industry and see an attractive opportunity for future consolidation,” said Randall Fojtasek, Managing Partner of CenterOak. “Acquiring a company like FullSpeed Automotive – already performing above industry growth rates with its well-known brands – provides the ideal investment platform to accelerate both organic growth and footprint growth through acquisitions.”   (full story)

  • Big O Tires Expands Footprint in Four States
    (franchising.com - 11/23/2017)
  • Big O Tires®, one of North America's largest retail tire franchisors with more than 400 independently-owned and operated locations in 23 states, is pleased to recognize the expansion of the brand in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri in ...   (full story)

  • Cracker Barrel Reports Results For First Quarter Fiscal 2018
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 11/23/2017)
  • ... opened two new Holler & Dash Biscuit House locations during the quarter, bringing the store count to 651 combined Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Holler & Dash Biscuit House locations at quarter-end ... expected opening of eight or nine new Cracker Barrel stores and three new Holler & Dash stores ...   (full story)

  • Indochino to open first Minnesota showroom
    (fashionnetwork.com - 11/22/2017)
  • The company announced an ambitious expansion plan for 2017 to double its store count to 17 locations by the end of the year and has, indeed, surpassed its goal. The Minnesota showroom will be Indochino’s ninth opening in 2017 as the company continues to expand across North America, and its nineteenth showroom since they began opening brick-and-mortar retail locations in 2015   (full story)

  • Pinstripes breaks ground at Orange's Pinecrest; Beachwood founder happy to be home
    (cleveland.com - 11/22/2017)
  • Pinstripes, founded 12 years ago, currently has eight locations around the country, including four in Chicago. It also has big plans for expansion."We'll have about four-five store openings a year starting in 2019."   (full story)

  • Rachel’s Kitchen Dishes Up Expansion Plans
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/21/2017)
  • Having blossomed to eight unique locations since 2006, including a coveted spot at McCarran International Airport, Rachel’s Kitchen plans to sell five new locations in 2018 and open 5-6 new eateries over the next 24 months...   (full story)

  • Dollar Tree dazzles in hot retail sector
    (retailleader.com - 11/21/2017)
  • During the quarter, Dollar Tree opened 169 stores, expanded or relocated 23 stores, and closed six stores. It ended the quarter with 14,744 stores. We believe Dollar Tree benefits from its convenient smaller shopping locations which makes the stores faster to shop than the larger format of other discounters.   (full story)

  • Pizza Press goes national by staying local
    (fastcasual.com - 11/21/2017)
  • The Pizza Press plans to open 30 locations by early next year, and chain leadership said each one will have a local focus, unique to its area.   (full story)

  • Food Halls Help Urban Retail Landlords Maintain Competitive Edge
    (nreionline.com - 11/21/2017)
  • “Landlords suddenly are looking at food halls as great projects to have on board to essentially lure the other tenants in,” says Garrick Brown, vice president and head of retail research for the Americas at real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. “It is viewed as an amenity now. If we have a food hall, then that will make it easier to lease up the rest of the space.”   (full story)

  • J. Crew's Sales Plummet, Overshadowing Growth at Madewell Brand
    (bloomberg.com - 11/21/2017)
  • Same-store sales plummeted 12 percent at the New York-based company’s flagship brand in the third quarter. That overshadowed strong growth at its newer Madewell division, which has attracted millennial women with its offbeat styles. J. Crew also expects to close 50 stores this year, up from a previous target of 30.   (full story)

  • Fogo de Chão Opens Milestone 50th Location
    (foodnewsfeed.com - 11/21/2017)
  • Fogo de Chão announced that it has expanded its U.S. restaurant base by opening its first Michigan location in Troy, and its third Florida location in Jacksonville. The two openings mark the 49th and 50th locations, worldwide, for the international restaurant brand.   (full story)

  • Slower growth and competitive pricing on tap for Natural Grocers
    (supermarketnews.com - 11/20/2017)
  • The company opened 14 stores in fiscal 2017 and 23 in fiscal 2016. The company has 11 signed leases for stores that are planned to open in fiscal 2018 and beyond in Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon and Texas.   (full story)

  • Dunkin' Donuts planned for North Liberty
    (thegazette.com - 11/20/2017)
  • Eastern Iowa Food Service is a subsidiary of Burlington-based Reif Oil Co. The company signed an agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts for the Eastern Iowa franchise territory in 2011. At the time, the company announced plans to open 12 stores in the area by 2018...   (full story)

  • Liquor Stores exiting the lower 48 U.S. states
    (globenewswire.com - 11/20/2017)
  • Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. today announced that it has sold its 15 Liquor Barn retail stores in the state of Kentucky and entering into negotiations for the sale of its 51% interest in Birchfield Ventures LLC which owns two stores in New Jersey.   (full story)

  • Revived A&F posts strong quarterly results
    (dispatch.com - 11/18/2017)
  • Abercrombie has opened five stores so far this year, including two outlet stores, and will open four more new full-price stores before the end of the year...   (full story)

  • Retailers Experiment With a New Philosophy: Smaller Is Better
    (nytimes.com - 11/17/2017)
  • Showrooms — a retail model popular with bridal designers, car dealers and, recently, online apparel start-ups — are now inspiring mass-market heavyweights like Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters.   (full story)

  • Fazoli's Capitalizes on Nationwide Growth and Success with the Addition of Three Franchise Veterans
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 11/17/2017)
  • Fazoli's announced yesterday it has appointed three industry veterans to the company's corporate leadership team: Jeff Sturgis as Chief Development Officer, Rodney Lee as Chief Financial Officer and Jodie Conrad as Vice President of Marketing.   (full story)

  • Smart & Final boosts promotions to compete in Q3
    (supermarketnews.com - 11/16/2017)
  • It plans to open seven new Smart & Final Extra! locations in the fourth quarter...   (full story)

  • Is The Habit Going to Become More Like McDonald's?
    (fool.com - 11/16/2017)
  • During the company's recent conference call with analysts, President and CEO Russ Bendel said the company plans to open roughly 30 new company-operated restaurants next year and six to eight franchised locations...   (full story)

  • Bon-Ton to shutter 15% of its stores
    (hometextilestoday.com - 11/16/2017)
  • The 260-unit regional retailer announced that it will close at least 40 doors next year as it works to cut costs and redirect capital expenditures toward driving sales.   (full story)

  • Albertsons Invests in Texas-Based El Rancho Supermercado, Bob Miller Comments
    (andnowuknow.com - 11/16/2017)
  • "El Rancho has built a great business with its 16 Texas stores, and we're confident that we'll be able to leverage our combined expertise to better serve customers across the existing Albertsons Companies' and El Rancho store bases," said Bob Miller, Chairman & CEO of Albertsons Companies.   (full story)

  • Report: Winn-Dixie's parent company, Bi-Lo, could be headed for bankruptcy
    (theadvocate.com - 11/16/2017)
  • Bi-Lo, the parent company for Winn-Dixie and others, is considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a report from Bloomberg. Bi-Lo has previously filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Winn-Dixie has approximately 500 locations spread between Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi.   (full story)

  • Papa Murphy’s loss widens in 3Q as store count falls
    (nrn.com - 11/16/2017)
  • The company is not focused on new unit openings, he said. “As the system focuses on top-line growth and absorbing the refranchising of over 100 company stores, we don’t believe new unit openings will be significant,” Spangler said in a statement.   (full story)

  • VERTS Rebrands as Noon Mediterranean
    (qsr - 11/16/2017)
  • For Michael Heyne, the name of his fast casual restaurant was kind of like a bad haircut. Until he fixed it, nobody was willing to be honest.   (full story)

  • Hurricane Grill & Wings Sold to FAT Brands for $12.5 Million
    (foodnewsfeed.com - 11/16/2017)
  • Hurricane Grill & Wings, a 60-plus-unit chicken-wing chain founded in 1995, has entered into a definitive agreement to be sold to FAT Brands Inc. for $12.5 million.   (full story)

  • Wings Etc. to expand footprint
    (sturgisjournal.com - 11/15/2017)
  • Wings Etc. Inc., a full-service grill and pub franchise, continues nationwide growth. The company announced this week that it will expand to nine additional Michigan communities.   (full story)

  • Pop-Up Shops May Be This Holiday Season’s Big Retail Trend
    (jckonline.com - 11/15/2017)
  • Pop-up shops—temporary retail stores designed to drum up consumer excitement and brand awareness—may be the biggest trend in retail this holiday season.Ephemeral stores as a format are certainly here to stay. And they may be beating a rare path forward for ailing brick-and-mortar retail.   (full story)

  • Vitamin World seeks to close 124 stores, sell off the rest
    (newsday.com - 11/15/2017)
  • While Vitamin World “originally intended to proceed with a plan of reorganization . . . unforeseen operational challenges and liquidity concerns have caused the debtors to now pursue a sale of substantially all of their assets,” the retailer’s attorneys wrote in court documents filed Tuesday.   (full story)

  • Pendleton Woolen Mills Opens Two New Retail Stores in the Pacific Northwest
    (nbherard.com - 11/14/2017)
  • “New stores in Boise and Spokane join the company’s other forty retail locations across the country,” said Robin Crowell, VP of Stores. “This Pacific Northwest market is our home, our backyard. Our fans are loyal to the brand and we’re excited to continue to expand our retail presence and share Pendleton’s history, mission and products with an expanded community.”   (full story)

  • Another Broken Egg Receives Majority Investment
    (foodnewsfeed.com - 11/14/2017)
  • Beekman Investment Partners III, LP, a leading private equity firm based in New York, announced that an affiliate has made a majority investment in Another Broken Egg of America, LLC, a premier “better breakfast” restaurant brand. Another Broken Egg’s existing management team will ...   (full story)

  • Artichoke Basille’s Pizza Signs 5-Unit Deal in New Jersey
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/14/2017)
  • Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, the rapidly expanding New York pizza concept known for creative, artisanal pizza that has attracted legions of fans from celebrities to native New Yorkers alike, has signed a five-unit franchise deal with local developer and passionate   (full story)

  • Plus-size retailer goes bankrupt after expanding too fast
    (nypost.com - 11/14/2017)
  • After disclosing plans to shrink its chain after it fell behind on rent payments and other bills, as reported by The Post last month, the struggling mall-based retailer filed for Chapter 11 on Monday in Newark, NJ.   (full story)



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