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Domino’s outlines long-term growth plans
posted on Jan 22 19

Domino’s Pizza plans to add 9,700 more units by 2025, an increase of about 60% over its current roster of 15,300 global locations. The chain will continue its tech innovation and focus the bulk of its growth on international markets. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News (free registration)

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A&W Canada updates its image
posted on Jan 22 19

A&W Canada has been working hard to modernize its traditional quickserve drive-in company over the past decade. The nearly 1,000-unit chain has eliminated plastic straws and added the Beyond Meat plant-based burger to the menu. Read the Financial Post story here

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Whole Foods could move into vacant Sears, Kmart stores
posted on Jan 22 19

Amazon is eyeing former Sears and Kmart store locations in its push to ramp up growth of Whole Foods, sources say. Whole Foods has upwards of 470 US stores and Amazon’s backing will help the retailer grow faster and potentially enter new markets such as Montana and Wyoming. Read the Yahoo story here

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ACOG: Construction employment increases in December
posted on Jan 21 19

Forty-three states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between December 2017 and December 2018, while 36 states added construction jobs between November and December, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials cautioned that growing labor shortages and trade disputes were leading to higher construction costs.  (more…)

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San Diego hotel boom continues
posted on Jan 21 19

California’s San Diego County has 2,444 hotel rooms in its development pipeline for 2019. The 168-key Guild Hotel and 239-room Carte Hotel & Suites are slated to open this year in downtown San Diego. Read the KNBC-TV story here

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