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Best Western targets urban areas for Premier growth
posted on Apr 15 14

Best Western International believes that North America is ripe for hotel growth, saying it will target urban areas for its Premier-tiered properties, especially in new construction. Extended-stay hotels will be part of that mix. Read the HotelsMag.com story here

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Belk sets sights on Lone Star State with Dallas flagship
posted on Apr 15 14

Department store operator Belk opened its first flagship in Texas, a three-level, 185,000-square-foot store in the former Saks Fifth Avenue space at the Dallas Galleria, according to a story in Women’s Wear Daily. The store opening is part of the retailer’s larger strategy to expand in Texas and other markets and reach $6 billion in revenues over the next five years.

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Outdoor retailer Cabela’s makes its Ga. debut
posted on Apr 15 14

Cabela’s opened its first Georgia store in Augusta last month amid much fanfare. The large outdoor retailer drew thousands of customers to its grand opening of a new 42,000-square-foot Outpost store in the Village at Riverwatch development, at 833 Cabela Drive, off River Watch Parkway and Interstate 20. Read The Augusta Chronicle story here

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Cobblestone Hotels looking to continue growth drive
posted on Apr 14 14

Cobblestone Hotels has made good progress in expanding its brand, having a total of 39 properties in 13 states and 13 more in development. The hotel chain plans to have 50 hotels in operation by 2015 and is also on pace to introduce new brand standards on amenities and a marketing partnership to enhance its outreach with customers. Read the Hotel Management online story here

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Report: Foodservice grew by 30,000 new jobs in March
posted on Apr 14 14

Restaurants and foodservice companies accounted for 30,000 of the 192,000 new jobs added in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it the second-largest job creator behind professional and business services, which grew by 57,000 jobs. March was the 49th consecutive month for foodservice job growth, according to the NRA, and the industry has added 323,000 new jobs over the past year. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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