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Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill shows promising growth in 2016
posted on Jul 27 16

costa-vida-signs-14-franchise-agreementsCosta Vida Fresh Mexican Grill signed 14 franchise deals during the first half of 2016 and plans to at least double that number by the end of the year. The fast-casual restaurant began offering smothered burritos for no added cost and will roll out improved menu boards and pricing in the fourth quarter of this year. Read the QSRMagazine.com story here

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NRF increases 2016 US sales forecast
posted on Jul 27 16

NRF has adjusted its forecast of U.S. retail sales to predict a 3.4% increase for the year, up from the 3.1% predicted in February, as the housing market, job growth and wages improved. Online sales are on pace to rise as much as 10% this year, NRF said. Read the CNBC story here

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Macy’s expands its off-price Backstage concept to Texas
posted on Jul 27 16

Macy’s expanded its off-price Backstage store concept to Texas this week with the opening of in-store shops at two department stores, with plans open a standalone Backstage store in the state this fall. The concept is meant to lure bargain hunters who have been attracted to outlet centers and off-price stores including Marshalls and T.J. Maxx. Read The Dallas Morning News story here

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Major Spanish hotel brands make quiet entry into NYC
posted on Jul 26 16

T0718IBERONEWYORK3This year, Melia Hotels International, Riu Hotels & Resorts and Iberostar Hotels & Resorts all entered the New York market for the first time. The companies are among Spain’s largest hoteliers and together bring 1,200 rooms to Manhattan. Read the Travel Weekly story here

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Target expands urban format in Chicago market
posted on Jul 26 16

Target‘s new store in Chicago will boast a Freshii restaurant as well as a Starbucks and CVS Pharmacy. The store is one of Target’s flexible-format urban locations designed for convenience and stocked with goods aimed at appealing to local shoppers. Read the Chicago Tribune story here

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