It’s Healthcare 201 For California Ops
Operators in the country’s most populous state can get a close-up look this month at implementing the nation’s ongoing healthcare reform.
“Health Care 201: Implementing the Affordable Care Act,” is going on the road this month,... »
NRA Announces Speakers For This Month’s Public Affairs Conference
Speakers of a distinctly political hue are in the spotlight at the National Restaurant Association’s 27th annual Public Affairs Conference in two weeks. The April 17-18 conference in Washington, D.C., will see more than 500... »
In Memoriam: Rep Carl Kaufmann
Longtime MAFSI member Carl M. Kaufmann passed away March 17 at age 77. He was the founder of the New York-based rep firm, Kaufmann & Associates.
The Pittsburgh native got his start in the foodservice industry in 1961, when... »
In Memoriam: Robert Lynn
Robert Lynn, the founder of Tampa, Fla.-based Arco Food Service Supply, died Feb. 11. He was 74.
Trained as a mechanical engineer, Lynn served in myriad positions—manufacturing, design and sales--throughout a long career in the... »
Bargreen Ellingson Grows To Eight-State Operation With New Alaska Facility
Bargreen Ellingson is expanding its presence in the 49th state by opening a full-service operation, including a showroom and warehouse in Anchorage. The new facility also will serve Canada’s British Columbia territory. Alaska is... »
Attendance Up 3% At NAFEM ‘13
The numbers for NAFEM ’13 are in, and they back up what observers noted at last month’s busy show: Attendance at the E&S industry’s biggest show was up nearly 3% over NAFEM ’11. Overall, more than 19,000 industry members... »
Ace Mart Promotes Two In The Houston Market
San Antonio-based Ace Mart Restaurant Supply has made two personnel changes in its Houston market operations. Eddie Sigh has been promoted to regional manager there; Sigh had been store manager of Ace Mart’s Gulf Freeway store... »
Insinger Adds Three Rep Firms
Philadelphia-based warewashing equipment maker Insinger Machine Co. has strengthened its representation in the West with the addition of three rep groups: Preferred Marketing Group, Heartland Group, LLC and The Redstone Group.... »
Towards Revising Our E&S Forecast
Our forecasting partner John Muldowney, v.p. marketing at Alto-Shaam, and I have been discussing our E&S forecast. You may recall in our November revisions, we revised our 2012 forecast of the E&S market at the... »
2013 Energy Star Honors Announced
Four foodservice equipment manufacturers have announced they’ve won Energy Star honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Two companies, ITW Food Equipment Group-North America and Manitowoc Foodservice, have received... »
Public E&S Companies Grow 3% In Fourth Quarter But Manage Only 2.2% Gain For Year
Combined revenues for seven publicly reporting foodservice equipment and supplies companies grew 3% in the fourth quarter of 2012. But the overall gain for the calendar year was only 2.2%, as flat sales in the second and third... »
New Look For Smashburger
Not being the typical burger concept takes work—and redesign. On the eve of its 200th unit opening, Smashburger has introduced a new store design with softer lighting, high-tech digital menu boards, exposed wooden rafters and... »
Mooyah Makes A Move
Dallas-based Mooyah has opened its 50th “better burger” unit. The Plano, Texas, store, which opened March 4, is the chain’s 35th outlet in its home state. The fast-growing brand also is aggressively pursuing franchise growth in... »
E&S Personnel Moves:
Bon Chef has appointed Jeremy Mottola as its new v.p. of U.S. sales. Prior to his promotion, Mottola was growing market share for the Lafayette, N.J., company as v.p.-eastern regional and international sales. In his new... »
Chain Personnel Moves:
El Pollo Loco has appointed Richard Pineda as v.p.-supply chain management and Jeff Little as v.p.-development. Pineda will manage the entire supply chain for the Costa Mesa, Calif., company, including logistics and distribution,... »
SFM Sets Critical Issues Conference For April
The future of corporate dining technology gets a closer look next month at the Society for Foodservice Management’s Critical Issues Conference. The one-day meeting, April 26 at TimesCenter in New York, brings together SFM members... »
The Details (And Delays) Add Up In Menu Labeling Law
It looks like it’s going to be a while until chain operators have to follow the mandate to post calorie counts on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration says it’s finding the task of writing up menu-labeling regulations to... »
Fallout From The Big Gulp Bill
The New York City bill banning supersized sugary drinks might have gone down to judicial defeat last week, but the state court ruling was only the tip of the iceberg in an attempt at reining in government interference in the... »
NRA Launches Pizzeria Industry Council
Menu labeling, healthcare regulations and food costs are among the top issues that the National Restaurant Association’s newly launched Pizzeria Industry Council will bring to the discussion table. The group is modeled after the... »
Trio Establishes New England Rep Firm
Three well-known industry names have joined forces under one roof as manufacturer’s sales representatives. GMV Sales, based in Westboro, Mass., represents 16 factories and covers the New England states of Connecticut,... »
Technomic Forecasts 3.9% Nominal, 1.1% Real Growth For Canadian Foodservice in 2013
The foodservice market in Canada outperformed the U.S. market in 2012 and is expected to do so again in 2013, in spite of some slowing, according to the latest forecast from Technomic Inc. The Chicago-based research firm predicts... »
Wholesale Food Prices Fell In February, Operators Raise Menu Prices Cautiously
Overall wholesale food prices fell half a point in February, according to the NRA’s calculations on the three stages of wholesale food prices reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Big drops in prices for fresh fruits and... »
IHOP Stacks Up New Unit Deals In Asia Pacific
IHOP opened its first store in the Philippines in March and will expand its pancake empire throughout the Asia Pacific region under a franchise agreement with InterDine Corp. IHOP parent DineEquity says 20 units will open in the... »
Global Foodservice Traffic Remains Sluggish Everywhere But China
Only two of the 10 major foodservice markets tracked by The NPD Group saw traffic increases in the fourth quarter of 2012, though check average increases helped six of the 10 post sales gains. Even in China, traffic growth slowed... »
New Office For Standex
The Standex Cooking Solutions Group has recently moved into new offices housing the Standex Culinary Development Center.
The Group now is located at 1307 N. Watters Dr., Ste. 180, Allen, Texas 75013. Phone: 214/421-7366.... »
Time For School
The foodservice equipment and supplies business is so complex, you can just never know enough. A true E&S professional needs to know the difference between a Btu and a kW, have some knowledge of airflow dynamics, understand... »
NRA Announces 21 Kitchen Innovations Awards Recipients
Advancements in energy efficiency and sustainability, online tools for tracking and monitoring and intelligent controls stand out among the foodservice equipment honored with 2013 Kitchen Innovations Awards from the National... »
Capital Spending Measures In NRA’s Performance Index Reach Highest Levels In More Than Five Years
Perhaps it was the avoidance of the fiscal cliff, but something cheered up restaurant operators responding to the January survey for the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index. Seven of the eight RPI... »
Reps’ Sales Grew 3.8% In 4Q/’12; Forecast for 1Q/’13 3.6%
In spite of the uncertainty of the federal fiscal cliff late last year, manufacturers’ representatives saw sales of like lines grow 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the same period in ’11, according to the latest... »
Schlotzsky's Sets Record Pace With 170-Unit Franchise Deal
Schlotzsky's has signed its largest franchise agreement in more than 40 years; the partnership calls for 170 Schlotzsky's locations throughout California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties.... »
Blendtec has tapped Reed Beus, an experienced technology and private equity executive, as its new chairman and CEO. He succeeds company founder Tom Dickson, who has stepped down from his role as chairman/CEO to focus on... »
European Ops Plan For INTERNORGA
More than 1,200 exhibitors from Germany and abroad will be in Hamburg, Germany, this weekend for INTERNORGA 2013, Europe’s leading fair for catering and foodservice equipment.
The March 8-13 exposition will showcase innovations,... »
IFMA Unveils Silver Plate Award Winners
The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association has announced the recipients of the 2013 Silver Plate Awards, which recognize individual excellence in eight segments of foodservice operations. From among these recipients,... »
SoCal Gas Readies Fryer Challenge
SoCalGas’ Food Service Equipment Center is hosting a fry-off next week. Registrants for the hands-on seminar can learn how to save money and produce higher-quality fried food with Energy Star high-efficiency fryers.
NRA And Its Educational Foundation Elect New Officers, Board Members
The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation have elected officers to their boards of directors and trustees, respectively. Both organizations have named several industry... »
What? Us Worry? Consumer Confidence Gained In February
Just like stock market investors, who have driven most equities indices to near record levels, consumers seem to be shrugging off the federal government dysfunction. Both major indexes of consumer confidence rose in February, as... »
Chicago Food Trucks Finally Start Cooking, But D.C. Ops Await New Regs
On the last day of January, six months after the Chicago City Council legalized cooking onboard food trucks, the city issued its first license for on-site food prep and cooking. The city has been under fire from food truck... »
ADA Doesn't Require Restaurants To Serve Allergen-Free Foods
Accommodation without major alteration to a foodservice operation appears to be the stance taken by the U.S. Department of Justice with regard to how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to food-allergic customers. The... »
NRA Readies For 27th Annual Public Affairs Conference In April
The National Restaurant Association’s 2013 Public Affairs Conference is set for April 17-18 in Washington, D.C.
This year’s theme, “Carry the Message—America Works Here,” is part of the NRA’s ongoing campaign to communicate to... »
CFESA Adds New Directors, Launches 50th Anniversary Celebration
It’s a big year for service agents in the foodservice equipment industry. The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association is celebrating a half-century since it was incorporated in 1963 by founders and charter members.
Wholesale Food Prices Rose Slightly In January, Menu Prices Were Flat
After a sharp drop in December, overall wholesale food prices crept up only 0.1% in January, according to calculations on the three stages of wholesale food prices reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Declines in prices... »
Ground Round Debuts Prototype
Nearly a decade after its franchisees bought the chain out of Chapter 11, casual-dining chain Ground Round is making a comeback. The 27-unit chain has rolled out a new family-dining/sports-lounge prototype in Waconia, Minn., and... »
Heritage Acquires Toronto-Based R.G. Henderson
Heritage Food Service Group has acquired Toronto-based R.G. Henderson & Sons Ltd., one of Canada’s largest foodservice equipment repair and OEM parts distributors. Heritage, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., is the foodservice... »
Time For FER's Top Dealer Survey
You should be done or close to done with your dealership’s taxes by now. Which means that it’s time for Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual “Top Dealer Report” survey. Those responsible for submitting the data should receive... »
FEDA Registration Deadline Passes, Roundtable Topics Detailed
The registration deadline for FEDA’s 2013 Annual Convention was Feb. 25. Did you make it on time?
The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association’s convention, April 3-7, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort... »
Pitco Appoints Spittle to Helm Sales And Marketing
Steve Spittle, CFSP, has been named v.p.-sales and marketing at Pitco Frialator, home to the Pitco, MagiKitch’n, Anets and Perfect Fry brands. Spittle most recently served as regional v.p. of sales with Pitco and Blodgett Ovens.... »
NAFEM Honors Steve Cobb, David Ek With Top Awards
NAFEM 2013 in Orlando, Fla., included a slew of awards and special recognition for more than four dozen industry professionals. Industry veterans Steven Cobb and David Ek received NAFEM’s highest honors.
Steve Cobb, CFSP,... »
Edward Don Opens Doors On New Corporate Offices
Edward Don & Co. has new digs. The nation’s largest E&S distributor has moved its national headquarters and distribution center to a new 362,500-sq.-ft. facility in Woodridge, Ill. The move from the former location in... »
Joe’s Crab Shack Parent Buys Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Ignite Restaurant Group, which operates 129 Joe’s Crab Shack and 15 Brick House Tavern+Tap restaurants, is adding Romano’s Macaroni Grill to its casual-dining stable. Ignite is purchasing the 210-unit chain from Golden Gate... »
McDonald’s Sets $3.2 Billion Cap-Ex Budget For New And Existing Stores
The world’s largest restaurant brand will be more aggressive this year in its pursuit of sales and customers. The pledge from McDonald’s Corp. CEO Don Thompson comes as the company announced global same-store sales were up 3.1%... »
BK Is On A Roll, Literally
Burger King Worldwide just reported a strong finish to 2012 and progress on key strategic initiatives. The Miami-based chain’s fourth-quarter results include full-year data, and revealed that in 2012, BKW grew comparable sales... »
Follett Adds Striano To Sales Team
Follett Corp. has appointed Pasquale Striano as regional sales manager for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. He’ll be responsible for implementing foodservice sales programs and plans for those regions, including India... »
Indy-Based Design Group Rebrands Itself
Reitano Design Group is the new and more memorable moniker for Foodservice Solution Group. The foodservice design and consulting firm is helmed by Scott Reitano, along with Jim Kessenich and Julie Sullivan. The address and phone... »
New Logo For Electro Freeze
It’s a new look, logo-wise, for Electro Freeze. In what it calls the most dramatic change to its visual identity since 1969, the East Moline, Ill., soft-serve maker has debuted a new logo and website. The new logo incorporates... »
Correctional Association Seeks Award Noms, Plans August Convention
The world of correctional foodservice is never dull. The Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliates has a lot on its plate these days. In addition to planning for its upcoming annual convention in August, there are only... »
Canadian Restaurant Sales Slowed In 4Q, Says CRFA
The number of Canadian restaurant operators reporting increased same-store sales in fourth quarter 2012 fell to 33% from a robust 44% in the third quarter, according to data from the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices... »
Consumer Confidence Ticks Up Mid-February Though Consumers Appear Conflicted
The mid-month reading on consumer sentiment from Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers surprised some observers by popping up to 76.3 from the final January reading of 73.8. Economists polled by Reuters had... »
Bloomberg Eyes Ban On Foam Foodservice Packaging
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has already battled trans fats, smoking and supersized sodas during his 11 years in office, has now proposed a citywide ban on “foam-based foodservice products,” including coffee cups, trays... »
California Approves New Restroom Accessibility Provisions
On Jan. 24, the California Building Standards Commission unanimously approved the Division of the State Architect’s proposed accessibility regulations for the 2013 California Building Code.
This update integrates into a single... »
Gasoline Prices Spiking Earlier Than Usual, Yet Again
This is getting to be like a broken record. Once again average gasoline prices are increasing earlier than is typical, with the national average for a gallon up nearly 40 cents in the past month alone. Foodservice operators are... »
Growth In State And Local Tax Receipts Remains Very Moderate
Overall state tax revenues grew 2.7% in third quarter 2012 vs. the third quarter the year before, the 11th consecutive quarter of increases since the depths of the Great Recession, according to data from the Rockefeller Institute... »
FMP Elevates Conte To President’s Office
Michael Conte has been promoted to the presidency of Franklin Machine Products. Through his 24 years with Lumberton, N.J.-based FMP, Conte has served as GM, vice president and most recently, executive v.p./COO. He succeeds Joe... »
What NAFEM Told Us About The E&S Market
Like many of you, we’re just back from the whirlwind week that is The NAFEM Show. NAFEM was even more intense than usual for us, as we hosted more than 400 of our closest friends for our Industry Awards event on Friday, Feb. 8.... »
More Details Emerge For FEDA’s April Convention
The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association continues to announce more details on the speakers, sessions and seminars planned for its 2013 Annual Convention, April 3-7 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country... »
Component Hardware Group has tapped Doug Reasoner to helm sales to dealers, consultants and operators as its new national sales manager. Before joining the Lakewood, N.J., firm, Reasoner was a regional sales manager for... »
FER News Exclusive: Middleby’s Bassoul Discusses Viking Plans, Operator Needs
Shortly after Middleby Corp. announced Dec. 31, 2012, that it purchased Viking Range for $380 million in cash, FER Publisher/Research Editor Robin Ashton called Middleby Chairman and CEO Selim Bassoul to check on the thinking... »
Hoshizaki Buys Jackson From Manitowoc
The Manitowoc Co. announced on Jan. 28 that it has sold its Jackson MSC warewashing business to Hoshizaki USA Holdings. Specific terms of the asset sale were not disclosed. Jackson, based in Barbourville, Ky., manufactures a... »
Kitchen Brains Acquires Refrigeration Monitoring Company
Kitchen Brains, the Stratford, Conn., maker of integrated wireless networking solutions and SaaS applications, has acquired the assets of Modularm Corp., a Commack, N.Y., maker of refrigeration monitoring and control systems.... »
T&S Brass Adds EnviroPure Systems To Its Portfolio
T&S Brass and Bronze Works has acquired Chicago-based EnviroPure Systems, a developer of alternative environmentally friendly technologies for organic food waste disposal. The plumbing and foodservice equipment maker has... »
Chicago Metallic Buys Lockwood Mfg.
Chicago Metallic Bakeware has acquired Lockwood Mfg. and has assumed management of the Brantford, Ontario, company’s stock pan business.
Both the Chicago Metallic and PanGlo operations will be overseen by Robert Bundy, who has... »
Bob Evans Finds French Buyer For French-Themed Mimi’s Café
Mimi’s Café, the French-inspired casual-dining chain founded in 1978 and currently owned by Bob Evans Farms, will soon have a new French parent. Bob Evans has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the 145-unit chain for $50... »
Cue The Toasters: Quiznos Plans 150 Stores In Mexico
Quiznos has announced an aggressive expansion into Mexico. The toasted sandwich chain will compete with Subway, which already has about 600 stores there.
On Jan. 28, the Denver-based chain said it had signed a master franchise... »
Air Force Cancels Hennessey Travelers Program
The SFM Hennessey Travelers Program was unexpectedly cancelled just days before newly named SFM Traveler Tony Kaszuba was set to depart. The U.S. Air Force has cancelled all NRA Hennessy Traveler Evaluations due to “significant... »
NRA’s RPI Fell Again In December, But Cap-Ex Measures Jumped
Steep declines in the indicators for current same-store sales and traffic pushed the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index lower in December. But the two markers that track operator capital spending... »
NPD Reports Both Chains And Independents Added Units In 2012, While Traffic Rose 1%
The net numbers of both chain and independent restaurant units in the U.S. were up 0.7%, an increase of 4.442 restaurants, in the year ended September 2012, according to the latest data from NPD Group’s twice-a-year ReCount... »
Older Americans Increase Restaurant Visits, While Younger Consumers Cut Back, Says NPD
It really just comes down to money. A new report from The NPD Group details how older Americans, those 55 and older, have increased their visits to restaurants of all kinds since 2008, while younger Americans have rather... »
Traffic Fell In Six Of 10 Major Foodservice Markets In Third Quarter 2012
Only China and Canada recorded significant increases in restaurant visits in the third quarter of last year, according to data from the NPD Group. Six of the 10 markets in which NPD charts foodservice activity—Australia, France,... »
Moderate Jobs Growth Continues, Consumer Confidence Stabilizes
Employment grew by 157,000 jobs in January, pretty much in line with economists’ expectations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, Feb. 1. Also on Friday, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of... »
2013 Brings Spec Revisions For Energy Star Foodservice Equipment
Revisions and updates continue for Energy Star commercial foodservice equipment specifications. By the end of 2013, all nine categories of equipment currently carrying Energy Star certification will have undergone revisions,... »
States Face Environmental, Wage and Healthcare Issues
Only a month into 2013, and state legislatures and state restaurant associations are wrestling with some major issues. Minimum-wage increases, paid sick leave and environmental issues are just a few of the legislative issues... »
Let’s Get This Party Started: FER Honors Industry Service At NAFEM ‘13
The biggest E&S show of the year opens next week. We hope to see a lot of you at NAFEM ’13, Feb. 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
If we don’t see you in aisles or at your booth, please stop by FER... »
NAFEM ’13: Time To Network
Pack up your plane tickets, comfortable shoes, Parrothead gear, FER Exhibitor Pocket Guide, and notes on who to see and what to see at The NAFEM Show. It’s only a week away.
The North American Association of Food Equipment... »
Ron Snyder Joins Robot Coupe
Ronald Snyder has joined Robot Coupe U.S.A as the Jackson, Miss., company’s market solutions adviser. Snyder, a degreed culinary chef, has spent the last 11 years working as a regional sales manager or manufacturer sales... »
Minneapolis-Based Premier Gains Equity Partner
Hillcrest Capital Partners, a Minneapolis-based private investment group, is pleased to announce it has made an investment in Premier Restaurant Equipment.
Minneapolis-based Premier is a full-service foodservice design and... »
Ace Mart Announces 2012 Gus Award Honoree
Ace Mart Restaurant Supply has named employee Bud Herrmann as recipient of its second annual Gus Award. Hermann received the award at a presentation ceremony during the annual Kitchen Equipment & New Technology Expo in Flower... »
Make The Deadline For FEDA Dues
Time is running out to pay membership dues to the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association. Dues payments should be in to FEDA by Thursday, Jan. 31. Questions can go to Ray Herrick at 800/677-9605. »
What The NAFEM Show Does
We’ve been very busy the past three months getting ready for The NAFEM Show Feb. 7-9. We produced three big issues for December, January and February, featuring our redesign of the magazine. We re-launched our new digital... »
Check Those Boxes, It’s Economic Census Time
Multiunit operators, E&S dealers, consultants and service agents are among the nearly four million businesses which have received forms for the 2012 Economic Census, the federal government’s official five-year measure of... »
FER News Exclusive: How Customers Are Driving Manitowoc’s Factory Consolidation
Without much fanfare, Manitowoc Foodservice has undertaken a series consolidations and expansions of its cooking equipment manufacturing facilities in the past three years.
The New Port Richey, Fla.-based foodservice equipment... »
Ali Group Will Integrate Scotsman, McCulloch Passes CEO Reins
Scotsman Industries, recently acquired by the Ali Group, will remain a U.S.-based global group reporting to Ali Group North America. The Milan, Italy-based conglomerate has announced several updates to Scotsman’s management... »
Technomic Lowers 2013 Operator Sales Forecast
Technomic Inc. has revised downwards its estimates and forecasts for foodservice operator sales in 2012 and ’13. Real growth for this year is now forecast at 1%, down from the Chicago-based research firm’s forecast last August of... »
Doughnut Chains Fill Holes In Their Market Coverage
Two major doughnut and coffee chains have spread out to new markets.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. opened its first franchise location in India on Jan. 19. The new store is in Bangalore, India's third largest city, and the center... »
Alsea Commits $85 Million To Open 30 P.F. Chang's In Brazil
Mexican restaurant franchise operator Alsea SAB has acquired exclusive rights to develop P.F. Chang's China Bistro in Brazil.
Alsea, which opened its first P.F. Chang's in Mexico City in 2009, will spend more than $85 million to... »
UL Acquires California Food Safety Auditor
UL has acquired Everclean Services, a food-safety auditor based in Agoura Hills, Calif. Everclean Services assesses and audits food safety, supplier qualifications, brand consistency and price integrity for restaurants, grocery... »
No Consumer Confidence Bounce From Cliff Deal
We (and lots of other observers) were wrong. Most of us expected consumers would gain back a bit of their confidence from the AmericanTaxpayer Relief Act passed just after the New Year. But no.
The Thomson Reuters/University of... »
Things Will Get Better, Blue Chip Forecasts. Just Not Yet
It being a new year, we thought we’d share the current macroeconomic forecasts from Blue Chip Economic Indicators. The 50 major economic forecasting groups polled monthly by Blue Chip raised their consensus forecast for real... »
Wholesale Food Prices Haven’t Surged, Yet
The price-increase news for foodservice operators in December was actually pretty good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported wholesale food prices at all three levels of the wholesale chain fell during the month. Finished... »
U.K. Market Should Begin to Grow In 2013, Says Horizons
It’s been a very tough slog for foodservice operators the past two years in Britain. The austerity regime of tax increases and benefit cuts put in place by the current Conservative/Liberal Democrat government has cut consumers’... »
New York City Soda Wars Continue
The New York State Supreme Court is hearing arguments Jan. 23 on the legality of the supersized soft-drink ban passed last year by New York City’s board of health
The National Restaurant Association, American Beverage... »
CRA Launches Website For Healthcare Law Info
As restaurant chains and other operators gear up to comply with the new state and federal healthcare guidelines, the California Restaurant Association has followed the NRA’s lead and created its own webpage dedicated to... »
In Memoriam: MAFSI Leader Tony Mazur
Anthony Mazur, past president and founding father of Manufacturers’ Agents for the Food Service Industry, passed away Jan. 4. He was 97.
Mazur, of A.E. Mazur Associates, Philadelphia, was a tireless supporter of MAFSI since... »
In Memoriam: Tom Ward
Tom Ward, who spent 33 years in sales with Wells Mfg. Co., died Dec. 21, 2012 of complications from Alzheimer’s. He was 72.
George Thomas Ward spent his youth on his family’s Wiley City, Wash., hop and cattle ranch. In 1972,... »
New Face To Lead NRA Advocacy
Matt Walker will lead the National Restaurant Association’s advocacy strategy and lobbying efforts in the Congress as the NRA’s new v.p.-government affairs.
Before joining the NRA, Walker worked as deputy staff director and... »
What’s Behind All The M&A Deals In E&S
The brokers and investment bankers that help equipment and supplies companies buy and sell other companies had a very busy 2012. Foodservice Equipment Reports and our forecasting partner John Muldowney, v.p.-marketing at... »
Family-Owned New England Dealers Merge
Kittredge Equipment Co., the Agawam, Mass., dealer, has purchased Northeast Food Service Equipment and Supply, a Bow, N.H.-based dealer. Both companies are family-owned businesses with a strong commitment to exceptional customer... »
I’ve had two really interesting interviews in the past couple weeks. One was with Phil Dei Dolori and Dean Landeche at Manitowoc Foodservice and another with Selim Bassoul at Middleby. While the original topics were totally... »
Eagle Group: Shari Kaplan has joined the Clayton, Del., company as v.p.- eastern regional sales. Kaplan, who has experience on the dealer and manufacturing sides of the industry, will represent Eagle’s line of foodservice... »
FEDA Plans Box Lunch Seminar At NAFEM `13
The NAFEM Show is only weeks away. Among the associations planning concurrent seminars and meetings is the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association, which will host a box lunch seminar on Friday, Feb. 8.
In “Good and... »
Fiscal Cliff Deal Includes Equipment Tax Breaks, Extension Of Tax Depreciation
A fall off the so-called fiscal cliff was skirted by Congress's New Year’s passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which included a number of tax breaks for small-business owners and foodservice operators. The legislation... »
Middleby Corp. Acquires Viking Range For $380 Million
The waning hours of 2012 brought one last major story in the foodservice equipment business: Middleby Corp. has acquired Viking Range Corp for $380 million in cash. The deal was announced Dec. 31.
Viking, a leading maker of... »
Unified Brands Acquires Power Soak Systems
Unified Brands announced Dec. 20 that it has acquired Power Soak Systems, a privately held manufacturer of continuous-motion warewashing systems.
Power Soak is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and has a manufacturing facility... »
In Memoriam: John Birchfield Sr.
John Birchfield, FCSI, the founder and principal of Birchfield Foodsystems, a foodservice consulting and design firm, died Dec. 29. He was 82 years old.
Birchfield had a long and multifaceted career in the foodservice industry.... »
No Cliff Dive But Plenty Of Dangers Remain For Foodservice And The American Economy
Unless you spent the holidays on another planet or at least on a remote island paradise with no media access, you are aware that Congress and the Obama Administration cobbled together in early January a package that made... »
In Memoriam: Erwin Shakin
Erwin Shakin, a man who loved the foodservice industry and said he had to have at least one meal a day in a restaurant, died on Dec. 24. He was 83 years old.
Shakin was the founder of Consolidated Restaurant Services,... »
Caribou Coffee Goes Private
A private-equity firm that already holds a majority stake in Peet’s Coffee & Tea has acquired Caribou Coffee Co., the nation’s second-largest company-owned coffeehouse chain.
The Joh. A. Benckiser Group (JAB) announced a... »
Ali Group Completes Scotsman Acquisition
It’s a done deal: The Italian foodservice equipment conglomerate The Ali Group has successfully closed on its previously announced definitive agreement to acquire Scotsman Industries, the world’s largest commercial ice-machine... »
Cap Spending Measures Fell Sharply In NRA’s December Performance Index
The two indicators in the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index that track recent and future capital spending by restaurant operators took big hits in December, even as other measures in the index rose,... »
Vollrath Acquires A Second Plastics Maker, Acryfab Inc.
The Vollrath Co. will be expanding its brand into acrylic dispensing, display and fabrication products with its latest acquisition, fellow Wisconsin manufacturer Acry Fab Inc. The Sun Prairie, Wis.-based company is... »
Nominations Due This Month For NACUFS’ National Awards
The National Association of College & University Food Services is seeking nominations for its national recognition awards honoring individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to the association and its... »
NRA Hosts Health Care, Commodities Webinars This Month
The National Restaurant Association has slated two webinars in January for its members. On Thursday, Jan. 17, the association will host “Health Care Law: Next Steps for Restaurateurs.”
Operators large and small will feel the... »
NYC Resumes Inspections In Operations Hit By Hurricane Sandy
Hundreds of New York area restaurants estimated to have been damaged by late October’s Hurricane Sandy were granted a two-month respite from the city’s letter-grade inspections. But on Jan. 2, the New York City Department of... »
Blanco CS Rebrands As Blanco Professional
Blanco CS has been renamed Blanco Professional. The family-owned company headquartered in Oberderdingen, Germany, says it is revising its name to make its objective clear: professionals producing for professionals.
Texas-Based Mission Buys Fellow Lone State Dealer
San Antonio-based Mission Restaurant Supply has acquired Metroplex Restaurant Equipment, a Fort Worth, Texas-based E&S dealership. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Metroplex’s previous owners, Danny Terrell and Ed... »
Restaurant Equipment World Opens An Office In Dubai
It isn’t just chains making footprints in the Middle East.
Restaurant Equipment World has opened a location in Dubai, UAE. The office will support the Orlando, Fla., firm's clients in the Middle East/North Africa region, and... »
Chefs’ Toys Acquires Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply
Chefs’ Toys has acquired the assets of Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply of Van Nuys, Calif.
Through the deal, which was official Dec. 3, Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Chefs’ Toys will operate Star as a fourth branch of... »
In Memoriam: Hiawatha Founder Lois Thompson
Lois Thompson, 85, the founder of Hiawatha Chef Supply, passed away Nov. 27 after a long battle with emphysema.
The former Lois Murker started the Escanaba, Mich., dealership in 1955, in partnership with Doug Wescott.... »
Taking Stock At Year-End
We write a lot about the future in this space, trying to help you assess what the E&S market may bring in the way of opportunities and challenges. But it’s also good to look at the recent past. As we approach the end of... »
Training Program For U.S. Vets Builds Database
Foodservice equipment is getting more complex and the need for trained technicians is ever-growing. Also increasing is the stream of veterans returning from military service overseas who need jobs in the civilian sector.
In Memoriam: Manufacturers’ Rep Ray Ward
Long-time MAFSI member and past president Ray Ward died suddenly on Dec. 5.
Ward spent 30 years as a manufacturers’ rep in upstate New York, where he was a principal of Rochester-based Quality Rep Source. The firm merged in 2007... »
Join Us At FER’s Industry Awards Event Feb. 8
Have you saved the date for FER's evening honoring 17 organizations and individuals?
The new industry awards event Friday evening, Feb. 8, during The NAFEM `13 Show, includes dinner and awards presentations at the Peabody... »
NRA Forecasts Moderate 3.8% Sales Growth For 2013
The National Restaurant Association expects continuing modest growth for the foodservice industry next year, in spite of many uncertainties, with current dollar growth forecast at 3.8% and growth after price inflation of 0.8%.... »
Reps Eye 2013, Forecast 4.7% In E&S Sales Growth
The MAFSI Business Barometer unexpectedly improved in the third quarter, as overall sales for manufacturers’ reps climbed to 4.3% in the quarter versus sales in the same quarter last year, the best performance since a 4.7% gain... »
Burger King Makes Global Inroads
The Home of the Whopper is growing its global empire. After debuting last year in Brazil, China and Russia—and inking an agreement to open its first store in South Africa this year—Burger King Worldwide is returning to France.... »
Luby’s Adds Cheeseburger in Paradise To Burger Portfolio
It’s another bite of the burger market for Luby’s Inc. The Houston chain, which purchased 59 company-owned Fuddruckers two years ago, is acquiring the 23-unit Cheeseburger in Paradise chain for about $11 million.
Co-branding is... »
Neil Kirven Joins Unified Brands
Unified Brands has hired Neil Kirven as healthcare segment manager. His responsibilities include creating and executing strategic product management. Kirven was previously president of Burlodge USA, an Ali Group company.
Diversified Foodservice Acquires Franklin Machine Products
Diversified Foodservice Supply, the parent company of AllPoints Foodservice Parts and Supplies, Tundra Specialties, and other brands in the parts, supplies, equipment and accessories distribution industry, has acquired Franklin... »
Libbey Gains U.S. Distribution Rights For Spiegelau-Nachtmann
Libbey Inc. has become the exclusive U.S. distributor for two longtime German glass and servingware manufacturers.
Libbey will distribute Spiegelau and Nachtmann products. Spiegelau, founded in 1521, makes fine stemware and... »
Tony Kaszuba Recognized as 2013 SFM Hennessy Traveler
Tony Kaszuba, president of RMA Hospitality Management, has been nominated as this year’s Society for Foodservice Management’s 2013 Hennessy Traveler.
The Hennessy Traveler program promotes educational opportunities for members... »
Consumers Figure Out Falling From The Fiscal Cliff Could Hurt
Two economic reports released last Friday, Dec. 7, obscured even more the short-term outlook for U.S. consumer spending. On the one side, the top-line numbers in the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report came in better... »
Operator Worries Apparent In NRA’s November RPI
For the first time in 14 months, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index fell below the 100 level that separates industry expansion from contraction in the October survey. Worries about the... »
In Louisiana, Inspections Don't Ensure Safety
According to a new report, there’s a huge gap between the number of food-safety violations in Louisiana’s restaurants and the number of penalties actually levied in the state.
A new legislative audit shows that Louisiana's... »
California Creates Site To Help Operators With Tax Issues
The California State Board of Equalization has launched a new online sales and use tax guide for restaurant owners to assist operators in navigating the state’s maze of tax issues.
The interactive website provides both general... »
NRA Expands Government Affairs Bureau
The National Restaurant Association has added two former Capitol Hill staffers to its policy and government affairs department. Laura Abshire has been named director of sustainability policy and government affairs. She’ll lead... »
TriMark USA Grows To 12 Divisions With Purchase Of Federighi Design
Two months after it strengthened its presence in the South by acquiring Georgia-based Century Concepts, distribution giant TriMark USA has purchased San Francisco Bay-based Federighi Design.
The design house, headquartered in... »
NRA’s Performance Index Signals Operator Pessimism
The looming fiscal cliff appears to have given restaurant operators a case of vertigo. The prospect of rapidly rising prices for key proteins may be adding to the swoon. For the first time in 14 months, the National Restaurant... »
Surprisingly, MAFSI Barometer Rose In Third Quarter
The MAFSI Business Barometer unexpectedly improved in the third quarter, as overall sales for manufacturers’ reps climbed to 4.3% in the quarter versus sales in the same quarter last year. The number beat advances of 4% in the... »
Dec. 7 Deadline Is Last Call For Kitchen Innovations Awards
There are a few days left to submit products, technologies and equipment for the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovations Awards.
While next year’s NRA Show is still months away (May 18-21 at Chicago’s McCormick... »
NRA Seeks Nominations For Operator Innovations
Worked with a customer you think is doing something really special with his or her operation? The National Restaurant Association is accepting nominations for its 2013 Operator Innovations Awards, which celebrate “operators who... »
FEDA Education Foundation Awards 33 UID Scholarships
Seventeen dealers can boast about hardworking employees who have earned scholarships from the FEDA Education Foundation. The foundation recently awarded 33 scholarships to help cover some of the costs associated with attending... »
Burkett Wins Business Award
Burkett Restaurant Equipment recently received a top honor at the University of Toledo.
At the school’s annual Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence Hall of Fame ceremony on Nov. 8, Burkett received the Business Excellence... »
It’ll Be A Bumpy Few Months
We now have seen all the third-quarter equipment and supplies market data, as well as the October Restaurant Performance Index, the November consumer confidence measures, and the like. The pols are in full strutting posture as... »
FER Revises E&S Market Forecast Downward
Foodservice Equipment Reports has trimmed its forecasts of foodservice equipment and supplies sales growth for 2012 and ’13. A clear trend of slowing growth in 2012, as charted by publicly reporting E&S companies and the... »
NAFEM Releases Detailed 2012 "Size & Shape” Study
The 2012 version of “Size & Shape of the Industry,” which details dollar sales for more than 350 categories of foodservice equipment, supplies, tabletop and furnishings, has been released by the North American Association of... »
Consumers Buying, But Worry Sets In About Fiscal Cliff
American consumers have seemed oblivious to the potential negative impact on them of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the combination of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2013, unless Congress... »
San Jamar Reasserts One Brand Identity
It’s back to the future for San Jamar. The maker of foodservice, janitorial and sanitation products, supplies and clothing is now carrying all of its brands and products under its original name: San Jamar. The company had been... »
Bob Evans Ramps Up Remodel Schedule, Puts Mimi’s Under Review
The to-do menu at Bob Evans Restaurants is on overdrive. The company is speeding up its Bob Evans’ store-remodeling program, known as “Farm Fresh Refresh” and will complete re-dos of all 565 units by the first half of 2014.... »
Arby’s Sells 42 Northwest Stores
Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group has sold 42 company-owned locations and development rights in Seattle and Portland, Ore. The buyer, operator Tony Lutfi, will remodel at least 17 restaurants and has committed to building... »
Houston A Hot Market For TCBY
TCBY has set its sights on the Houston area as a key market for growing its brand of frozen yogurt. The chain looks to grow there by 15 to 20 stores in the next three to five years. TCBY already has eight traditional stores in... »
NRA Seeks Nominations For Operator Innovations
The time has come again to recognize commercial and noncommercial operators who drive innovation and excellence in the restaurant industry.
The National Restaurant Association is accepting nominations for its 2013 Operator... »
Globe Food Equipment Co. has appointed Kevin Woods, CFSP, as v.p.-sales and marketing. Woods joins the Dayton, Ohio, company from Unified Brands, where he was central region sales director. In his four-year tenure there he also... »
CFESA Rings In 50th Anniversary At February Conference
The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association kicks off its 50th anniversary year with its Spring 2013 Conference, Feb. 4-6, in conjunction with NAFEM ‘13. The conference will be held at the Peabody Orlando hotel in Florida.... »
Chicago Food Truck Ops Sue The City Over Restrictions
Three food truck operators and a public-interest law firm filed a lawsuit against Chicago on Nov. 14 in an effort to force city officials to loosen restrictions on mobile food trucks.
The suit targets the requirement that food... »
Montreal Debates Food Trucks, Too
Food trucks, and where they roam, are still under debate north of the border. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association has announced its support of food trucks in Montreal, provided they follow the same rules and... »
Gear Up For The2012 Economic Census
Get out your pencils. It’s time for the 2012 Economic Census. Every five years, the U.S. government conducts this survey mapping the American business landscape. The data collected can help business owners compare their business... »
Minimum Wages Headed Up In Eight States
Eight of the 10 states that tie annual wage increases to inflation have announced minimum wage increases this year.
Arizona, Missouri and Vermont will increase their minimum wages on Jan. 1. In Arizona, wages will climb to... »
Wholesale Food Prices Rise Again In October
Nearly everyone expects big jumps in food prices, especially for proteins, over the next year or so, thanks to the ongoing drought in the United States. October’s wholesale food-price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’... »
FEDA Sets Agenda For 80th Anniversary Convention
The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association has put together a full lineup of speakers and programs for its 80th annual convention next year.
FEDA members will convene April 3-7, 2013 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill... »
ABC Honors Suppliers, Top Sales Exec Of The Year
During its recent fall conference in Rosemont, Ill., Allied Buying Corp. recognized nine manufacturers with Supplier of the Year awards.
The multiple criteria employed by the Lombard, Ill., buying group were tied to quality in... »
Globe Hires Woods As EVP-Sales & Marketing
Globe Food Equipment Co. has appointed Kevin Woods, CFSP, as v.p.-sales and marketing. Woods joins the Dayton, Ohio, company from Unified Brands, where he was central region sales director. In his four-year tenure there he also... »
Mitch Cohen Joins Unified Brands
Unified Brands has hired industry veteran Mitch Cohen as central regional sales director. He’ll be responsible for managing representative partners and domestic sales growth in the central region for the company’s Groen, Randell,... »
After Sales Drop, McDonald’s USA Turns To New Leadership
A week after the chain reported its first monthly same-store sales decrease in nine years, McDonald’s Corp. has replaced Jan Fields as president of McDonald’s USA. The Oak Brook, Ill., chain has named Jeff Stratton, currently... »
Ali Group Cuts Ribbon On Training Center
Ali Group North America has opened a new, state-of-the-art training center. The building, part of Ali’s headquarters complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., houses separate warewashing and cooking training facilities.
The official... »
FEDA Education Foundation Awards CFSP, ServSafe Scholarships
The FEDA Education Foundation recently awarded four CFSP and ServSafe scholarships to employees of its dealer members.
Mohamed Orra of Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies has been awarded a 2012 ServSafe Scholarship to... »
Reasons To Be Thankful
I was going to write another bit on our evolving forecast—we reported on the third-quarter public company numbers last week in FER Fortnightly if you missed it (click here)—and John Muldowney and I have had several... »
Ali Group Acquires Scotsman Industries
Scotsman Industries is joining The Ali Group, the Italian-based foodservice equipment conglomerate. Ali will acquire Scotsman and all of its brands, including Ice-O-Matic, in a deal announced Nov. 6. The companies did not... »
Tim Hortons Opens 20th Middle East Store, Sets Full Panini Rollout In Canada
The American market has proved to be competitive ground for Canada’s largest quick-service chain, Tim Hortons, but its third quarter proved promising on either side of the border—and in the Middle East.
On Nov. 12, the chain... »
Jamba Juice Plans Revamp
A makeover is in store for all 301 corporate Jamba Juice units in the U.S. next year. The Emeryville, Calif., chain is launching a four-year capital expenditure program to refresh and redesign its company-owned stores; it also... »
Public E&S Companies Growth Stalls In 3Q
While chain equipment and supplies purchases in the U.S. remained healthy in the third quarter, the recession in Europe once again pulled down sales at both ITW’s Food Equipment Group and Manitowoc Foodservice. As a result,... »
Brinker Slates Wyman Roberts For CEO
Wyman Roberts, president of Chili’s Grill & Bar, will add the title of CEO and president of Brinker Int’l. on Jan. 1. He’ll succeed Doug Brooks, who joined Brinker two years after its 1975 founding and will continue to serve... »
Unified Brands Appoints National Chain Accounts Director
Unified Brands has appointed Steve Carlson as director of national chain accounts; he’ll be responsible for strategic growth in the chain market segment in addition to leading the chain account management team for the company’s... »
NRA’s Performance Index Edged Down In September, But Cap Ex Indicators Rose
A pronounced slowdown in restaurant operator traffic and sales in September pulled down the Restaurant Performance Index maintained by the National Restaurant Association. On the other hand, operators are a bit more optimistic... »
TableCraft Enters Buffet Market With Purchase Of Professional Bakeware
TableCraft Products Co. has acquired Professional Bakeware Co., a maker of cast aluminum and coated buffetware.
All of Professional’s products are now available under TableCraft’s protective product line. Its cast aluminum... »
In Memoriam: Consultant Jim Webb
Jim Webb, the founder of Webb Design, died Oct. 24 from cancer. He was 58.
Webb started the Tustin, Calif., firm in 1989 and became known as a top designer across the foodservice spectrum. His projects included schools,... »
New Digs For Strategic Equipment
Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp. has relocated its corporate headquarters and its ISI Commercial Refrigeration division to a new distribution center. The new location is at 1461 S. Belt Line Road, Suite 100, Coppell,... »
Registration Begins For NACUFS Meeting
Registration opens this week for a double dose of professional development programs sponsored by the National Association of College & University Food Services.
The Foodservice Directors Symposium and Purchasing Seminar will... »
Full-Service Restaurants Continued To Lose Traffic In Second Quarter, Reports NPD
Midscale and casual dining restaurants continued to see traffic declines in the second quarter of 2012, according to The NPD Group’s CREST data. Both segments have now seen four consecutive years of quarterly traffic declines,... »
ANFP Seeks New Chief Executive
The board of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals is encouraging its members to help it find its next leader. ANFP has engaged an executive search firm, JDG Associates, to assist it in the search for the... »
Insurance Tips For Operators Hit By Sandy
In the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy, the National Restaurant Association has posted tips for restaurant insurance.
East Coast operators affected by the recent hurricane and snowstorms can follow a few basic steps to make the... »
Things To Know, Who To Reach When Re-Opening
The New York State Restaurant Association is providing its members with phone numbers and official information from New York’s city health commissioner on dealing with the storm’s aftermath. Everything from the how-to’s of... »
U.S. Macroeconomic Forecasts Remain Weak
The forecasts for key economic drivers of foodservice remained weak in the early November survey of 50 leading economic forecast groups, according to Blue Chip Economic Indicators. The forecast for real gross domestic product in... »
Dealers Tackle Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy
The vibrant East Coast foodservice industry took a terrible hit last week with Hurricane Sandy. Operators, dealers, service agents and manufacturers are pulling together and responding energetically to the devastation. Dealers,... »
Full Steam Ahead For This Weekend’s New York Show
No matter the weather, it's showtime. Organizers of the Nov. 10-12 International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show are forging ahead as the New York/New Jersey area continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, and there is lot to look... »
Dealing With Disaster
As we all now know, Sandy wasn’t just a storm or even a hurricane; it was a “superstorm.” Calling around to our friends to see how everyone fared, it’s clear the storm and its aftermath created severe challenges for those who... »
Nieco Gets New Parent: Middleby
The Middleby Corp. has added another foodservice equipment maker to its wide-ranging stable of brands. Middleby announced Oct. 31 that it has acquired Nieco Corp., a West Coast maker of automatic broilers for a broad range of... »
Candle Lamp Acquires Sterno
Candle Lamp has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of The Sterno Group. The combined companies, led by Candle Lamp’s current executive team, will be known as SternoCandleLamp.
Sterno, founded in 1893 as... »
Veteran’s Day Reminder
Veteran’s Day is Monday, Nov. 12. We received a note from SC Equipment Funding noting that it will close its offices in Placentia, Calif., that day in observance of it. The editors here at FER thought we’d pass it along.
NAFEM `13 Countdown…
There are fewer than 100 days until NAFEM `13. Booked your rooms and tickets yet? Found a seat for the closing night banquet’s headliner, Jimmy Buffett? If not, hop to it. The show, Feb. 7-9, 2013, is just around the corner. And... »
Reconsidering Our E&S Forecast, Again
In case you didn’t see it, we wrote the following analysis of the foodservice equipment and supplies market, and how it is developing compared with our July forecasts, for last week’s FER Dealer Report. Since then, our... »
Starbucks Opens First Store In India
India is no longer an untapped market for Starbucks. Earlier this month, the coffee chain debuted in Mumbai, its first outlet in the world’s second most populous country. The flagship Mumbai store was the first of three grand... »
Chipotle Slates L.A. For Next ShopHouse
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen is going bicoastal. The concept, which parent Chipotle Mexican Grill debuted in Washington, D.C., in 2011, will open its first unit in Los Angeles early next year. The West Coast store will be... »
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