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Dream Dinners Kicks Off 2017 With Alabama Expansion

Dream Dinners, originator of the meal assembly industry, announced that it has signed a franchise deal with Ken Kleban to expand its presence in Alabama. Kleban and his partners have signed an agreement to open a store in Daphne, Alabama this summer with a long-term goal of continued development throughout the Gulf Coast.

Merchant Groups to Defend Debit Swipe-Fee Reform

More than 60 representatives from retailers, grocers, convenience stores, and restaurants will gather in Washington this week to meet with lawmakers. The groups will discuss the importance of upholding hard-fought debit swipe-fee reforms as Congress readies legislation to repeal it.

Renovated Guinness Store Opens in Las Vegas

Guinness fans from around the world have the opportunity to learn the six steps to pour the perfect pint of Guinness with the Perfect Pint Experience at the newly redesigned GUINNESS Store, located next to Rí Rá Las Vegas inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay.

Neighborhood Retail Group Opening Café Chocolat in DC

Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Café Chocolat, a premier chocolate and coffee retailer, will open at 1423 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C., in spring 2017. Founder Gjergj Dollani created the “beans to bar” concept as a place to discover and experience the best in high-end chocolate and specialty coffee.

Whataburger Adds Additional Sauces to H-E-B Shelves

Whataburger and H-E-B are rolling out Buffalo Sauce, 40-ounce Fancy, and 40-ounce Spicy Ketchup at H-E-B stores, offering customers a new flavor and two long-time fan favorites in a new size. Whataburger's new Signature Sauces include:Buffalo SauceThe flavor of our Buffalo Ranch Chicken Strip Sandwich lives on in this sauce.

Survey: Consumers Will Spend $14.1 Billion for Super Bowl

American consumers will spend an average of $75 for a total of $14.1 billion as an estimated 188.5 million watch the Atlanta Falcons face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI on February 5, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Super Bowl Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Dining Options Expanding at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

United Airlines and OTG announced plans to further expand the dining and retail experience in United’s Terminals at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The new concepts in Terminals C-South and E are expected to offer locally sourced ingredients to the two million United customers passing through each month.

New Owners Unveil Plan for East Hills Mall in Bakersfield

Local developers C & C Properties, Inc. and MarkChris Investments announced their plans for the revitalization of East Hills Mall in Bakersfield, California. The vision is to transform the enclosed mall into an exciting, destination open-air lifestyle center offering a collection of restaurants, shopping and entertainment in 350,000 square feet.

Restaurants Flock to Upcoming ONE DAYTONA

Mark McKee often travels from his Orlando office to his home in Kansas City. The CEO of Ace North America LLC, the Central Florida franchisee of Oklahoma Joe’s, wasn’t intending to conduct business at 20,000 feet.

Entenmann's Bakery Teaming Up with Harlem Globetrotters

Entenmann's Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, announced a partnership with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters during the U.S. leg of their 2017 World Tour.These two fan-favorites will come together for an all-star collaboration, combining the team’s winning moves with the ultimate family favorite, delicious Entenmann’s Donuts.

Five Guys Opens at The Shoppes at Parma

The Shoppes at Parma, in Parma, Ohio, announced that Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened for business. The rapidly growing burger chain is the latest to join the expanding list of restaurants at the 750,000-square-foot redeveloped shopping center.

Piada Opening in The Shoppes at Parma

PECO Real Estate Partners announced that Piada Italian Street Food and Sprint are the two newest tenants committed to join The Shoppes at Parma (Ohio) in summer 2017. The two businesses will be located in front of the Walmart Supercenter along West Ridgewood Drive in a newly constructed multi-tenant building that will also house a third tenant yet-to-be-announced.

New Mixed-Use Development Announced for LA

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning announced a new three-story, 10,000-square-foot mixed-use building located in the heart of downtown Morgan Hill, California, was unanimously approved by the city’s planning commission.

New Units Coming to Preston Towne Crossing

With sweet and savory options, the new shops at Preston Towne Crossing and Berkeley Square in Plano, Texas, are raising the flavor factor for the neighborhood. SusieCakes Bakery is serving up home-style desserts—made daily in-house—to Preston Towne Crossing at their newly opened location.

Means to a Beginning

Try telling someone in the restaurant industry, “It’s not personal, it’s just business.” That’s like saying, “It’s not you, it’s me,” during a breakup or consoling a football player, “You tried your best,” after losing the Super Bowl.