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California-based Dave’s Hot Chicken plans 14 NJ restaurants

Dave’s Hot Chicken, a popular spicy chicken eatery based in California, has announced a huge expansion into New Jersey. The company said it will open 14 restaurants throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties. NJ Advance Media

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Retail shows continued signs of recovery

The retail sector is doing well on several fronts, with traffic returning to pre-pandemic levels in malls, retailers exceeding analysts’ quarterly expectations and department stores posting a recovery in sales as well as operating margins. Barron’s

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Vignette Collection starts big, IHG thinks bigger

Expansion and community involvement are watchwords for IHG Hotels & Resorts‘ new and newly named luxury and lifestyle soft brand, the Vignette Collection. Now the world’s second largest in the category with more than 400 hotels, IHG will tout its …

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LA hotels renovate as demand returns

The Los Angeles Airport Marriott and the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach have completed renovations to welcome guests back and prepare for upcoming concerts and events. Both hotels offer guests easy access to the new SoFi Stadium as the 56th Super …

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HipCityVeg to open first NYC eatery in 2022

Philadelphia-based HipCityVeg aims to grow to 15 units from its current seven by February, including two ghost kitchens and the plant-based chain’s first New York City eatery. The mix of “Go Kitchens” and brick-and-mortar stores allows the chain to expand …

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La Madeleine tests units in Texas Walmart stores

French bakery and cafe chain La Madeleine has opened three of 10 planned in-store units at Walmart locations in Texas where McDonald’s restaurants have exited, according to The Dallas Morning News. The chain, which launched features including curbside pickup and …

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Target to open 100 more in-store Disney shops this year

Target will add more than 100 in-store Disney shops, growing to over 160 locations heading into the holiday shopping season, and marking the latest move by the retailer to draw in shoppers with high-profile brands. Target stores have small-format CVS …

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Best Buy tests new format

Best Buy is testing a “virtual store” concept at one of its fulfillment centers to allow associates to demonstrate new products to customers online with chats and video. It’s part of an ongoing experiment with new concepts for the electronics …

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Sweetgreen to acquire Spyce’s robotic restaurants

Sweetgreen has sealed a deal to buy Spyce, a Boston-based automated restaurant startup, for an undisclosed amount. Spyce, which debuted in 2015 and has since raised $24.88 million from investors including chef Daniel Boulud, has two units where robots and …

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IKEA to test next-gen immersive store format

IKEA will test a new immersive store format in Shanghai that will give shoppers a chance to mingle with social media influencers and participate in activities including cooking and yoga classes and workshops on creating and repairing home goods. The …

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