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Tesco takes another crack at U.S. retail market
posted on Apr 18 14

U.K. supermarket chain Tesco will team with Retail Group of America to open F&F fashion stores in the United States, a market it exited a year ago after selling its money- losing Fresh & Easy markets. The partners plan to open seven East Coast stores starting in Boston next month. Tesco launched F&F in 2001, and it now has franchises in 10 countries. Read The Telegraph story here

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800-Flowers puts down more brick-and-mortar roots
posted on Apr 18 14

Online florist and gift retailer 1-800-Flowers is expanding its network of franchised brick-and-mortar stores in 10 U.S. markets, including the Boston area where it has one store and plans to add about 10 more. Last year, the company’s 8.7 million online and phone orders were filled by 225 franchise stores and nine company-owned locations, as well as a network of 7,000 independent shops. Read The Boston Globe story here

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MGM to build global nongaming hotel portfolio through joint venture
posted on Apr 18 14

MGM Resorts has entered into a joint venture with Hakkasan Group to expand the company’s luxury nongaming hotels worldwide, with branding options including Bellagio, SKYLOFTS and MGM Grand. The MGM Hakkasan Hospitality joint venture will oversee all projects that the two firms are working on, including MGM’s developments in Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, and Hakkasan’s projects in Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Mumbai and Doha, Qatar. Read the Forbes story here

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Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen to open in 40 GGP retail centers
posted on Apr 18 14

Villa Enterprises has signed a deal with Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. to open 40 Villa Italian Kitchen restaurants in regional malls throughout the United States. Read the PizzaMarketplace.com story here

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DSW to step into Canada with Town Shoes stake
posted on Apr 18 14

Shoe retailer DSW has paid about $62 million for a 44 percent stake in Canada’s Town Shoes, a move that gives the U.S.-based retailer its first presence north of the border, according to a Wall Street Journal story.

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