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Patrick Stringer, senior manager of global store development, shows us how the future of retail continues to evolve for the Under Armour brand. Read their story and much more in our January/February issue.

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McDonald’s to open fewer new U.S. stores this year
posted on Mar 05 15

McDonald’s will open about 125 new U.S. restaurants this year and update 100 existing stores, down from 222 openings and 260 remodels last year. Earlier this year, the chain said it would cut down on new restaurant openings and focus on turning around flagging sales. Read the Chicago Tribune story here

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Lightstone to develop “top-branded” hotel properties
posted on Mar 05 15

Lightstone Group will spend $2 billion developing “top-branded” lodging properties in U.S. markets. The company has already partnered with Marriott International Inc. to build five Moxy hotels in New York. Read the Bloomberg story here

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Bruster’s creates new store models to sustain growth
posted on Mar 04 15

Bruster’s is on the upswing once again after recovering from the recession. The company is looking to continue its momentum by creating store models that offer more flexibility for franchisees and lower the costs associated with opening them. Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story here

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Business travelers are the focus of hotels’ amenity tweaks
posted on Mar 04 15

Some of the recent changes hoteliers are making to their property offerings are designed to meet the needs of business travelers, who accounted for a third of all travel spending in 2013. Free Wi-Fi access, mobile check-in and unconventional lodging design and amenities count among the latest hotel trends. Read the U.S. News & World Report/Travel story here

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Sears to sell up to 300 stores to REIT this year
posted on Mar 03 15

Sears Holdings aims to raise more than $2 billion in cash by spinning off up to 300 of its stores into a real estate investment trust by June. Sears would lease the spaces back, but they could eventually house new tenants if the stores close. Read the Chicago Tribune story here

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