Current News Around the Industry

Chains eye smaller layouts with an eye toward efficiency

Restaurants are prioritizing efficiency amid rising operating costs and the shift to off-premises dining, fueling many chains to focus on creating streamlined stores with smaller footprints. Krystal shaved 300 square feet off of its average store size with one new prototype, Jack in the Box

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Starwood hotel venture bets on outdoor lifestyle appeal

Starwood Capital and AJ Capital have teamed up to launch what they call a “modern and affordable lifestyle lodging brand” under the banner of the Field & Stream outdoor activities retail chain. The partners plan to build a portfolio of 30 to 40 properties offering

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Hyatt builds portfolio with Dream Hotel acquisition

Hyatt Hotels has added a portfolio of 12 lifestyle hotels and 24 long-term management agreements over new properties to its roster through the acquisition of Dream Hotel Group on Thursday. Hyatt will incorporate the Dream Hotels locations into its Boundless Collection, and the Unscripted Hotels

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ALDI grows Gulf Coast presence with 26th regional hub

Discount grocer Aldi’s 26th regional headquarters will support 100 stores and provide groceries to 8 million of its Gulf Coast shoppers. The distribution center in Loxley, Alabama is part of planned store openings in the region through 2023. Winsight Grocery Business

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McDonald’s makes plans for 1,900 new restaurants

McDonald’s added six net new units in the US last year, growing its US restaurant count for the first time since 2014. Growth plans call for the chain to open 1,900 new locations around the world in 2023, with about 400 planned for the US,

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Grocers embrace in-store branded restaurants

In-store restaurants are gaining traction with grocers, including Wahlburgers, which is in 61 Hy-Vee stores and plans to add more than 20 additional locations this year. Kroger has been investing in Kitchen United Mix Food Halls, while H.E. Butt Grocery has opened more own-brand in-store

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Texas PGA resort to debut in May

A new resort, the Omni Hotels & Resorts PGA Frisco Resort, is accepting reservations for May for its 500 suites and rooms and its 10 four-bedroom houses. The inaugural KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in May will be followed by 26 tournaments through 2034. Forbes

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New Appellation brand creation of chef, hotelier

Appellation is a new hotel brand created by Charlie Palmer, a James Beard Award-winning chef, and Christopher Hunsberger, former president of the Americas at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Appellation now has four hotels, which the owners describe as “experiential luxury.” TravelPulse  

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Whole Foods invests in ‘Growing with Purpose’

Whole Foods Market is embarking on an initiative called “Growing with Purpose” that lays out a 10-year plan focused on boosting business performance, improving customer experience and fostering team member happiness and growth. The company has set ambitious growth plans that call for entering new

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January 26th, 2023
The 13th Annual Hybrid Summit will be held on January 26th, 2023 Noon to 4 PM EST.

Virtual Women in Construction: Building Connections was held on December 14th, 2022, 1 PM to 2 PM EST via a Zoom. 2023 Virtual Women in Construction TBD.

2023 Virtual Men’s Round Tables

2023 Men’s Round Table #1 will be held Q1, 2023


2023 Virtual Women’s Round Tables

2023 Women’s Round Table #1 will be held Q2, 2023

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Kroger signs on to backup energy storage solution in California

Kroger is adopting e2Cos.’ R3Di system to guard its Ralphs distribution center in California against power outages. Installation for the backup energy storage solution is expected to wrap up by early summer, allowing the on-site system to be used as primary or standby backup power

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