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Tony Roma’s maps growth plans with new formats

Romacorp, the parent of barbecue chain Tony Roma's, has created a smaller format prototype and is preparing to launch a fast-casual concept called Bones & Burgers in Tampa, Fla., next month. The company aims to open about 200 new locations over the next 10 years, and the new formats are designed to reduce startup costs for franchisees and make the brand fit into more non-traditional venues like college campuses and airports. Restaurant Business

 

How hotels are reclaiming short-term rental space

Hotels are regaining the ground they lost to short-term rentals as the pandemic winds down and hotels come out with their own short-term options. In addition, the cost of some short-term rentals now exceed the cost of hotels. Travel Weekly

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Tommy Bahama enters hotel sector with rebrand

The Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California will be renovated and rebranded as the first Tommy Bahama resort. The company has already expanded into the hospitality sector with the Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Marlin Bar businesses. Travel Weekly

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Krispy Kreme embraces omnichannel growth strategy

Krispy Kreme’s hub-and-spoke model shifted the focus from branded stores to retail and e-commerce channels, and the company recently announced plans to test sales at some McDonald’s locations this year. The omnichannel approach is fueling growth with the ultimate goal of growing to 50,000 access

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Downtown Medina, Ohio, to get first hotel since the 1950s

A new hotel is planned for Medina’s historic square, a first for downtown in more than a half century. Construction could begin as early as next summer on what developer Jim Gerspacher is tentatively calling Hotel Medina, a 75-room inn on South Court Street, across

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Claire’s looks beyond malls for future growth

Accessories retailer Claire’s has become more strategic about its presence in malls as the company in recent years has focused on its online business, launched a Roblox experience and leveraged partnerships with other retailers. Modern Retail

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Chipotle opens 500th Chipotlane drive-thru location

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced the opening of its 500th restaurant with a Chipotlane, the brand’s restaurant model that includes a digital order drive-thru pick-up lane. The milestone location is in Louisville, Kentucky. Nation’s Restaurant News

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Nashville seeing uptick in new hotels

Nashville, Tennessee is experiencing a surge in hotels underdevelopment with 6,661 rooms to open, including two Hilton Worldwide brands and a Marriott International property. The developments are seen as a response to a tourist boom in Music City. TopHotel.de

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BJ’s expanding with Ohio, N.J. openings

BJ’s Wholesale Club is continuing to expand with a 24th New Jersey store in Wayne and a location in New Albany, Ohio. The latter marks BJ’s return to Central Ohio after a 20-year break and is the grocer’s seventh in the state. Winsight Grocery Business

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Tony Roma’s maps growth plans with new formats

Romacorp, the parent of barbecue chain Tony Roma’s, has created a smaller format prototype and is preparing to launch a fast-casual concept called Bones & Burgers in Tampa, Fla., next month. The company aims to open about 200 new locations over the next 10 years,

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