Author Archives: Mike Pallerino

Famous Dave’s parent opens prototype for first of several new concepts

Famous Dave’s parent company, BBQ Holdings, has introduced a new concept called Clark Crew BBQ with a prototype in Oklahoma City. The concept, created in partnership with competitive barbecue champion Travis Clark, is the first of several new projects BBQ …

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Boot Barn moves eastward, aims to grow to 500 stores

Western lifestyle retailer Boot Barn plans to double its store count from 250 to 500 and expand toward the East Coast. The brand has stores in 33 states and its stores generate more than 80% of total sales. Read the …

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Lands’ End sets itself up for digital, store growth

Lands’ End, which split off from Sears this year, has been looking to its catalog roots as it focuses on building digital sales and opening new stores. Read the Modern Retail story here

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Themed hotel will throw gauntlet at Warner Bros. rivals

Warner Bros. plans to open its first themed hotel in 2021, bolstering its array of tourist attractions and dialing up competition with fellow entertainment titans Disney and Universal. The eight-story property alongside the Warner Bros. World theme park in Abu …

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Florida’s Disney Resort to open “Star Wars”-themed hotel

The new “Star Wars — Galactic Starcruiser” hotel is set to open in 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Guests will be offered a two-night itinerary to the “Star Wars”-themed hotel, which includes an excursion to Star …

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Mall owners find creative ways to fill vacancies

Mall owners are splitting up large, empty retail spaces to attract smaller businesses, niche retailers, and pop-ups. Virginia’s Tysons Corner Center houses braces and teeth aligner seller Candid, while Brooklyn’s Kings Plaza mall has filled its former Sears with Primark, …

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Soneva to double in size with $200M investment

Soneva will expand its “barefoot luxury” resort concept with the help of a $200 million infusion from minority stakeholders GIC of Singapore and KSL Capital Partners. The company intends to upgrade existing facilities and double its portfolio by the end …

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Oyo gets greenlight for $1.5B in new investment

Shareholders of Oravel Stays, owner of Oyo Hotels & Homes, have approved a $1.5 billion infusion by SoftBank Vision Fund and RA Hospitality. Read The Economic Times story here

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True Food Kitchen in growth mode in Florida

Phoenix-based True Food Kitchen, whose investors include Oprah Winfrey, will open its first Orlando, Florida location in a mall space formerly occupied by Panera Bread and Johnny Rockets. The 11-year-old chain has eateries in 17 states, including three locations in …

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After a robust 2018, Marriott plans 30-plus luxury hotel openings

Marriott International will open more than 30 luxury hotels in several countries next year, including Montenegro and Iceland. The hotel conglomerate saw record growth last year with franchise and management agreements for 816 properties. Read the TravelPulse story here

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