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Famous Dave’s parent opens prototype for first of several new concepts
posted on Dec 13 19

Famous Dave’s parent company, BBQ Holdings, has introduced a new concept called Clark Crew BBQ with a prototype in Oklahoma City. The concept, created in partnership with competitive barbecue champion Travis Clark, is the first of several new projects BBQ Holdings plans to unveil before the new year. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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Boot Barn moves eastward, aims to grow to 500 stores
posted on Dec 13 19

Western lifestyle retailer Boot Barn plans to double its store count from 250 to 500 and expand toward the East Coast. The brand has stores in 33 states and its stores generate more than 80% of total sales. Read the CNBC story here
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/06/boot-barn-ceo-massive-retail-opportunity-is-hidden-in-plain-sight.html

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Lands’ End sets itself up for digital, store growth
posted on Dec 13 19

Lands’ End, which split off from Sears this year, has been looking to its catalog roots as it focuses on building digital sales and opening new stores. Read the Modern Retail story here

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Themed hotel will throw gauntlet at Warner Bros. rivals
posted on Dec 13 19

Warner Bros. plans to open its first themed hotel in 2021, bolstering its array of tourist attractions and dialing up competition with fellow entertainment titans Disney and Universal. The eight-story property alongside the Warner Bros. World theme park in Abu Dhabi will feature DC Comics, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoon motifs. Read the Forbes story here

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Florida’s Disney Resort to open “Star Wars”-themed hotel
posted on Dec 12 19

The new “Star Wars — Galactic Starcruiser” hotel is set to open in 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Guests will be offered a two-night itinerary to the “Star Wars”-themed hotel, which includes an excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It also features activities in which guests can explore the ship and uncover hidden spaces, learn the ship’s operating systems and train with a lightsaber. Read the WOFL-TV story here

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