NewcrestImage opened three hotels this summer, one of which included renovating a building on the National Register of Historic Places, requiring changes to be approved by several government agencies. Read the Hotel Management online story here
Huddle House will acquire Perkins Restaurant & Bakery for an undisclosed amount, in a deal scheduled to close Oct. 21, the companies said. Memphis, Tennessee-based Perkins has 342 restaurants in North America and Huddle House, based in Atlanta, has no plans to change the names of any Perkins eateries. Read The Commercial Appeal story here
Dunkin’ Brands will add as many as 250 new units annually for the next three years and increase its focus on espresso drinks and other beverages as it grows its brand in key US markets. The company’s rebranding efforts have included a $100 million investment in espresso machines and equipment upgrades. Read the CNBC story here
Tourism improvement districts can help hoteliers by giving them more of a voice on how money is raised and spent in the districts. Read the Hotel News Now story here
UK fashion retailer Primark is bucking the trend toward digital retail, with plans to grow by opening more stores in Europe and the United States. The retailer, which doesn’t have an e-commerce presence, expects to grow its brick-and-mortar retail portfolio by 1 million square feet next year. Read the Bloomberg story here
Dollar General has announced that it will expand to Washington and Wyoming, bringing its stores to a total of 46 states. The new locations are expected to open in the 2020 fiscal year. Read the The Business Journals story here
Virtual food halls like Sous Vide Kitchen in New York City give consumers the option of ordering from different restaurant concepts but paying one tab. Customers can opt for delivery or takeout, or place orders on a kiosk before dining at the brick-and-mortar food hall. Read the Forbes story here
Fashion retailer Rue21 has created a new store concept called “style seeker” to appeal to customers it has identified as fashion fans on a budget, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The new format, the first of which opened in Pittsburgh this week, features white walls and up to 40 mannequins modeling different outfits.