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Sprouts to open seven new stores in early 2015
posted on Aug 20 14

Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country, plans to open its first store in Alabama in early 2015, as well as add six additional locations to its growing roster of fresh, natural and organic grocery stores. The new Sprouts stores will open in: Bakersfield, Calif., Birmingham, Ala., Cumming, Ga., Daly City, Calif., Liberty, Mo., Scottsdale, Ariz., and South Jordan, Utah. Each of these stores will bring an estimated 100 jobs to the communities in which they are opening. Store addresses, grand opening dates and other details will be shared later this year.

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Cinnabon tries out bonbon bakery concept
posted on Aug 20 14

Mall food court staple Cinnabon will test a new concept this fall called Bon Bake Shop by Cinnabon, which will feature smaller versions of the signature cinnamon roll. The new shop’s treats will be topped with a variety of frostings, including Smores and Maple Bacon. Read the Bloomberg story here

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La Quinta charts plan for expansion
posted on Aug 19 14

La Quinta is planning growth, particularly in downtown markets with high average rates, according to company executives. The company has hotels in the pipeline in Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma City and in countries including Mexico, Honduras and Columbia. Read the HotelNewsNow.com story here

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Restaurants rev up for Motor City revival
posted on Aug 19 14

Restaurants are playing a key role in Detroit’s post-bankruptcy revival, with new concepts and established eateries catering to a growing demand for an urban lifestyle. Read the FSR magazine online story here

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L.A. could need up to $15B to get its infrastructure in shape
posted on Aug 19 14

Burst water pipes, potholed roads and ineffective storm drains are some of the infrastructure problems Los Angeles residents are dealing with. It would cost the city between $10 billion and $15 billion to get its infrastructure in decent shape. And water rates would rise by as much as 4 percent each year if all water lines were replaced before they reach 100 years old. Read the Bloomberg story here

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