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Sonic seeks franchisees for 1,000 new units by 2024
posted on Apr 22 14

Sonic plans to open 1,000 new drive-ins within the next 10 years. To support this growth, the company has tripled its sales team and is seeking new franchisees in most markets across the country. Sonic will remain mostly franchised — at about 90 percent — and will continue offering franchisee support services and a $100 million-plus national ad budget annually. Read the QSRWeb.com story here

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills to support brand’s U.S. growth
posted on Apr 22 14

Hilton Worldwide says the planned 170-room Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, Calif., will serve as one of the brand’s foundations for growth in the United States, alongside the Waldorf Astoria New York and the Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel. Astoria has 13 hotels in its pipeline and has recently opened properties in Beijing, Jerusalem and Dubai. Read the HotelNewsNow.com story here

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Kroger ramps up expansion of large-format stores
posted on Apr 21 14

Kroger is opening its newest Marketplace store today in Kentucky — the latest opening in a string of 90 stores that are now open in 14 states and 17 that are under development. The large-format store, which features a full-service grocery and fresh foods department, competes with retail giant Wal-Mart Stores by offering nonfood items such as apparel, jewelry, a Little Clinic and a Baby World section. Read The Cincinnati Enquirer story here

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Midscale lodging brands leveraging new designs to drive growth
posted on Apr 21 14

Amid subpar revenue-per-available-room increases and lagging supply growth in the upper-midscale and midscale hotel segments, hotel operators including Wyndham Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group and Choice Hotels International have launched new design prototypes in the hopes of capturing the interest of prospective developers. Read the Travel Weekly story here

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Summit to shift focus to property absorption in 2014, CEO says
posted on Apr 21 14

Summit Hotel Properties sustained a brisk transactions pace in 2013, having bought 19 hotels with a total of 3,033 rooms, and now plans to spend 2014 absorbing its newly acquired hotels into its portfolio. Read the HotelNewsNow.com story here

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