Bob Evans Farms to remodel 44 units
New York City — Bob Evans Farms will extend its “Farm-Fresh Refresh” renovation project to 44 locations in the Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, areas. The renovations are expected to begin in August 2011 and be finished by this November.
The new stores will include a bakery, a carry-out area and a redesigned retail area. The updated design features murals in the entryway depicting the heritage of Bob Evans and more modern furnishings, light fixtures and brighter color schemes in the dining room.
Currently, Bob Evans operates 563 restaurants in 18 states.
Macy’s names new VP merchandising
Cincinnati — Macy’s announced that Steven Derwoed has been appointed VP merchandising for the Macy’s Store Planning and Design group (SPACE).
Prior to joining Macy’s, Derwoed served as principal in the New York office of Callison Architects and partner, VP design at RYA Design Consultancy.
NRF welcomes transportation reform, but concerned over funding
WASHINGTON— The National Retail Federation said it supports a transportation reauthorization proposal released today by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., but expressed concern over the measure’s funding levels.
“With a long-term, six-year funding period, provisions to streamline the permit process for new projects and a multi-modal focus, this bill is a significant step in the right direction,” NRF SVP government relations David French said. “Nonetheless, there is significant concern that by relying on the constraints of the current Highway Trust Fund, it does not provide sufficient funding to meet the existing and future needs of the U.S. infrastructure. We know this is the beginning of a legislative process, and look forward to working with lawmakers to ensure passage of a long-term reauthorization bill with appropriate funding levels and a funding mechanism that treats all transportation system users fairly.”