Author Archives: Mike Pallerino

Target adds Apple-branded sections to some stores

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 …

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NYC chain Lil’ Sweet Chick shifts to fast-casual format

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 …

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Wolfgang Puck expands Spago with new outdoor dining room and lounge

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, …

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Sephora is opening more stores as it moves beyond the mall

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 …

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Noodles seeks franchisees for Southern expansion

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 …

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$350M hotel-residential tower pair eyed in Chicago

A partnership linked to a suburban Chicago developer has proposed a two-tower hotel and residential project in the city’s South Loop with an estimated price tag of $350 million. If approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, the plan by Interforum …

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Jersey Mike’s makes ghost kitchen debut on NJ university campus

Phil Capozzi, vice president of non-traditional development for Jersey Mike’s, is in charge of scouting locations that are outside the usual stand-alone building or strip mall. Along with airports, train stations and stadiums, colleges have been a prime target. So …

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Great Wolf Lodge in Jackson, Tennessee being considered

An official with Great Wolf Resorts confirmed that the company is still planning to open a Great Wolf Lodge water park resort in Jackson, Tennessee, according to The Business Journals. The proposed $150 million project is expected to bring in …

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Bloomin’ Brands expands Aussie Grill to Hong Kong

Bloomin’ Brands Inc. has opened a two-story Aussie Grill in Hong Kong that features such a coffee counter, a grab-and-go area and kiosks for ordering. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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Montana’s Big Sky Resort will add world-class lodging

A $400 million luxury hotel will make its debut this year at Montana’s Big Sky Resort, one of America’s premier skiing venues, according to Forbes. Montage Big Sky’s features will include 150 guestrooms and suites, 39 residences, 12,870 square feet …

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