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Extended Stay’s consistent performance attracting potential franchisees
posted on Apr 29 16

Extended Stay America is looking into franchising and being courted by potential investors as it nears completion of a general renovation. Executives say the makeover and strong performance have piqued franchisee interest in the 629-property chain. Read the HotelNewsNow.com story here

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Disney World opens new international restaurant in Animal Kingdom
posted on Apr 29 16

Tiffins is Disney World‘s latest restaurant, an experiment in globe-trotting cuisine that features organic wines and craft cocktails. Dishes such as miso-glazed black cod and berbere-spiced lamb chops highlight the menu’s global theme. Read the Eater story here

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Veggie Grill sets its sights on new markets
posted on Apr 29 16

West Coast plant-based restaurant chain Veggie Grill turns 10 this year with ambitious plans to expand eastward to new markets including Chicago, Denver and Washington, D.C. The 29-unit chain saw same-store sales rebound last year after revamping the menu in 2013 and 2014. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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Construction employment up in 244 out of 358 metro areas
posted on Apr 28 16

Construction employment increased in 244 out of 358 metro areas, was unchanged in 44 and declined in 70 between March 2015 and March 2016, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new figures show that the construction sector, in most parts of the country, continues to recover from its years-long downturn. View rank View state View map  (more…)

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Anthropologie to open shop at Mall of America
posted on Apr 28 16

Anthropologie will open a 10,000-square-foot store at Minnesota’s Mall of America, the first new retail tenant named for an expansion opened last year. The new store will be the retailer’s fifth in the region and is slated to open before the holidays. Read the Star Tribune story here

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