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Rising takeout demand drives new Mama Fu’s footprint
posted on Apr 24 14

Austin, Texas-based Mama Fu’s Asian House debuted a smaller footprint unit focused on feeding a growing demand for takeout and delivery. The chain, whose 18 flex-casual eateries offer fast-casual during the day and full-service for dinner, debuted the smaller concept in its home market on April 14 and plans to open a second unit in Rochester, Minn., later this year. Off-premise dining including takeout, delivery and catering has grown from 25 percent to 50 percent of the business in the past five or six years. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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Montage Hotels and Resorts accelerates expansion
posted on Apr 24 14

In less than six months, luxury hotelier Montage has expanded from three properties to five properties and is already envisioning more. Montage Hotels and Resorts is developing a property in Los Cabos, Mexico, and is planning additional properties, each attuned to the local culture through architecture, cuisine, decor and amenities. Read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch story here

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Jewel-Osco shoots for top of Chicago market
posted on Apr 24 14

Jewel-Osco plans to improve its fresh food offerings and focus on customer service and value. The moves are part of an effort to ramp up the retailer’s competitiveness with other grocers in the Chicago market, which also includes Whole Foods Market, Mariano’s, Heinen’s Fine Foods and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. Read the Chicago Tribune story here

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Dunkin’ to open third green-certified shop, in Fla.
posted on Apr 23 14

Dunkin’ Donuts will break ground on a standalone store that would become the chain’s third “green” restaurant in the nation, pending certification from the U.S. Green Building Coalition. The planned store is at the edge of the Florida Shores Plaza shopping center, where Dunkin’ Donuts currently has a store in a storefront space within the main complex in Edgewater. That store will move to the new standalone building. Read The Daytona Beach News-Journal story here

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March construction employment up in 38 states
posted on Apr 23 14

Construction firms added jobs in 38 states over the past 12 months, although job gains leveled off between February and March, according to an analysis by AGC of America of U.S. Labor Department data. Association officials said the ongoing year-over-year pickup points to the urgency of revitalizing and initiating programs to encourage workers and graduating students to get construction careers. Read the AGC story here

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