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Guatemala’s Pollo Campero sets its sights on U.S. growth
posted on May 25 17

Guatemala-based chicken restaurant chain Pollo Campero is booking strong growth in the United States, and it aims to increase its ability to compete against category leaders Chick-fil-A and KFC. The company has hired advertising agency Dieste to create bilingual campaigns that appeal to both Hispanics and non-Hispanics in the United States. Read the Advertising Age story here

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Original ChopShop parent maps expansion plan
posted on May 25 17

Hargett Hunter Capital Partners has outlined plans to expand Original ChopShop, which is based in Phoenix and has four units. The firm plans to open three more restaurants this year. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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Melia Hotels to add 931 rooms in Cuba
posted on May 25 17

Melia Hotels will add eight hotels to its 27 in Cuba. The hotels will provide an additional 931 rooms. Read the Hotel Management online story here

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A&W franchisees shift back into expansion mode
posted on May 24 17

Quickservice chain A&W has opened seven new US units this year and will roll out 11 more before the end of 2017, marking the first year since before the recession that it opened more new eateries than it closed. Yum Brands sold the chain to its franchisees in 2011, and the average franchisee has booked 30% same-store sales growth since then. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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L.L. Bean to test urban store format in Boston
posted on May 24 17

Maine-based L.L. Bean will open its first full-line urban store in Boston’s Seaport District. The brand known for its outdoor gear will use the 8,600-square-foot shop as a test to determine whether it makes sense to expand the format to other cities. Read The Boston Globe story here

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