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Noodles & Company signs franchisee to lead California growth

Franchising will play a bigger role in Noodles & Company‘s future, starting with a deal that makes multiconcept operator Warner Foods the exclusive franchisee for California. Warner will open 40 new units in the next 12 years and take over …

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IKEA makes progress on emissions target

Emissions levels from IKEA’s supply chain dipped 6% in the 12 months through last August compared to pre-pandemic levels, despite a rise in production and sales, the Sweden-based furniture retailer reported. The progress in reducing emissions everywhere from the sourcing …

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Rihanna’s lingerie brand to open first 5 brick-and-mortar stores

Rihanna is expanding her fast-growing retail empire by bringing Savage X Fenty to brick-and-mortar. The lingerie brand announced it will open its first-ever physical location in Las Vegas later this month, with plans to launch forthcoming stores in four additional …

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Quickserve chains bet on AI at the drive-thru

Checkers and Rally’s are the latest quickserve chains to start implementing artificial intelligence technology at the drive-thru that promises to speed service and result in more accurate orders, and McDonald’s has also been testing similar technology. The growing adoption of …

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Big Lots outlines plans to add 500 stores

Big Lots is shifting back into growth mode after 10 years of holding steady, with plans to open about 50 new locations this year as part of a multiyear expansion program. The chain aims to grow by about 80 new …

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Amazon outlines plans for first fashion store

Amazon will make its first foray into brick-and-mortar fashion retail with the opening of a store called Amazon Style in Los Angeles later this year. The 30,000-square-foot store will feature clothing, footwear and accessories from a range of brands, and …

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Walmart to open Mississippi fulfillment center this spring

Walmart has chosen Olive Branch, Mississippi, just across the state line from Memphis, Tennessee, as the site for another e-commerce fulfillment center—a 1 million-square-foot space that will open in spring and employ 250 people. The project marks the third time …

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WOWworks rolls out more Saladworks, Frutta Bowls units in Giant stores

The Giant Co. is continuing its partnership with WOWorks, the parent company of several good-for-you restaurant brands: The two companies have opened four new locations, including two Saladworks and Frutta Bowls co-branded restaurant store-within-a-store locations. Progressive Grocer

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2022 opening eyed for $25M New Orleans hotel

After six years of litigation, redesigns and rebrandings, a 93-room boutique hotel is poised to open in New Orleans’ Bywater section in late 2022. The $25 million project is a partnership between developer Ted Kelso and hotel brand ARRIVE by …

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History inspires Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta Hotel

Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta, a lifestyle hotel located along the edge of Lenox Square, has officially opened its doors. This 15-story hotel features 218 guestrooms, including seven suites, two dining concepts from James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson and more …

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