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L.A. tapped for expansion by NYC-based Pod Hotels
posted on Oct 17 17

Pod Hotels, the New York-based mini-room specialist, is slated to expand to Los Angeles in 2019 with the redevelopment of downtown Los Angeles’ old Hotel Cecil site. Read the Travel Weekly story here

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Hy-Vee looks to test new c-store-grocer hybrid
posted on Oct 16 17

Hy-Vee is looking to test a new concept in Iowa that combines a large-format convenience store and a small-format grocer. The two proposed Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh stores would include a selection of groceries and fresh prepared foods, a Hy-Vee Market Grille Express, a coffee shop and fuel stations. Read The Des Moines Register story here

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H&M refashions growth plans as shopping shifts online
posted on Oct 16 17

Fast-fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz has cut plans for new store openings twice this year and will instead focus more on e-commerce as consumers switch to online shopping. Sweden-based H&M will also invest more in new brands like recently launched Arket and developing markets, including Vietnam and Iceland. Read the Bloomberg Businessweek story here

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Marriott, other brands get experiential
posted on Oct 16 17

Major hotel names such as Marriott are using their corporate power to offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences such as a basketball clinic with Dwyane Wade or cooking with a Michelin-starred chef. Read The New York Times story here

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Twenty Four Seven Hotels sets sights on L.A., West
posted on Oct 16 17

Twenty Four Seven Hotels has 26 properties and eight under development. The company is looking for opportunities in the Los Angeles market as well as in western states such as Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Read the Hotel Business story here

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