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Target adds Apple-branded sections to some stores
posted on Mar 02 21

Target will unveil an expanded selection of iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices in special sections in 17 stores starting this month, with plans to roll out the enhanced Apple-branded sections to more locations later on. The new experience has debuted on Target’s e-commerce site and the in-store shops will be staffed by Apple-trained employees. Read the USA Today story here

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NYC chain Lil’ Sweet Chick shifts to fast-casual format
posted on Mar 02 21

New York City-based chain Lil’ Sweet Chick was forced to close indoor dining across all five locations in NYC and Los Angeles—which happened to be the most heavily-restricted parts of the country—when the pandemic hit in March. The brand, seeing the increase in off-premise dining and the lack of cash flow over the past year, decided to make a major business change: moving to limited service. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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Wolfgang Puck expands Spago with new outdoor dining room and lounge
posted on Mar 02 21

Wolfgang Puck is expanding Spago with a 6,500-square-foot outdoor dining area in front of the Beverly Hills restaurant. The new space, called Spago L’extérieur, is located in the Canon Drive cul-de-sac. It will feature a large tent with slotted walls, vented semi-private seating areas, a cocktail lounge and lobby. The modular structure is designed to adapt to changing dining restrictions. Read the LA Times story here

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Sephora is opening more stores as it moves beyond the mall
posted on Mar 01 21

Makeup sales have been walloped by the pandemic. But that’s not stopping Sephora from adding more stores as it pushes ahead to attract shoppers outside of struggling malls. The company said it is adding more than 60 freestanding stores this year, and 85% of them won’t be in malls. The new stores comes on top of its previously announced 200 Sephora “mini shops” inside of Kohl’s stores. Read the CNN story here

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Noodles seeks franchisees for Southern expansion
posted on Mar 01 21

Noodles & Company is focusing on the South for future growth, with plans to find franchisees to open new units in six states. The 450-unit Colorado-based chain expects to sign new operators by this summer and start opening stores in the new markets next year. Read The Dallas Morning News story here

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