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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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Blaze Pizza becomes a heavy hitter, touts customization
posted on Feb 27 15

Blaze Pizza, backed by celebrities such as LeBron James and Maria Shriver, opened 50 locations last year and is scheduled to open another 60 to 70 stores in 2015. Customers have the option to completely customize their pizzas. Read the Times Union/Business Insider story here

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Restaurant concepts aim to stay authentic as they grow
posted on Feb 27 15

A growing number of smaller, regional restaurant concepts aim to avoid the “chain” title and maintain the personalities and authenticity they carefully cultivated when starting out as independent eateries. Read the QSR Magazine story here

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Tropicana remodels with conventions in mind
posted on Feb 26 15

Tropicana’s $35 million renovation will help attract groups for conventions and meetings, particularly in nonpeak seasons, which executives see as key to Atlantic City, N.J.’s future. The casino’s revenue increased 29.9 percent last year and 32.9 percent year over year in December. Read the American City Business Journals/Philadelphia story here

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IKEA’s newer, larger store in Burbank, Calif., on track
posted on Feb 26 15

IKEA is on track for a new, larger store in Burbank, Calif., relocating the Swedish retailer’s oldest store in the western U.S. Groundbreaking is expected this fall, with the store opening planned for spring 2017. The current 242,000-square-foot IKEA Burbank, its first in California and sixth in the United States, opened November 1990 at San Fernando Boulevard. The future 456,000-square-foot store  will be built west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue, less than one mile from the original store. The design will be similar to IKEA’s other stores, for example, the new one has a solar photovoltaic array atop its roof. IKEA plans to install a similar solar energy system as part of the relocated store.

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Best Western CEO: New brands will drive expansion
posted on Feb 25 15

Best Western International is shifting its focus toward growth with its three new brands leading the way. The Hotel Mäster Johan in Malmö, Sweden, became the first property under soft brand BW Premier Collection in December, while lifestyle brand Vib is expected to sign its first hotel in March. Extended-stay Best Western Plus Executive Residency debuted with its first property in Alberta, Canada. Read the HotelNewsNow.com story here

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