CiCi’s Pizza to add 16 new units
Coppell, Texas — CiCi’s Pizza announced Monday that it has signed agreements for the addition of 16 units over the next five years and hired Wingstop veteran Bruce Evans to lead franchise sales.
The moves are part of CiCi’s growth initiative, with the goal of adding 500 restaurants in the next eight to 10 years.
"Texas is a focus in our plan for strategic and sustainable growth," said Mike Shumsky, CiCi’s Pizza CEO. "Texas has led the nation in job growth for the past decade, and we have strong brand loyalty and brand recognition here. As we continue to build restaurants for long-term success, Texas, as well as Southern California and Southern Florida, will be key to our expansion goals."
All 16 restaurants will open in the Houston and San Antonio areas. The restaurants will be built by current franchisees Tommy and Tami Marlin and Guillermo Perales, who leads Mucho Pizza, a subsidiary of CG Management. Mucho Pizza already operates more than 50 CiCi’s restaurants in Texas and Maryland.
Conn’s president and CEO steps down
Beaumont, Texas — Electronics and appliances retailer Conns announced Monday that its president and CEO Timothy L. Frank has resigned the company.
Conns named Theodore M. Wright as the interim CEO and president, and has launched a search for a permanent replacement.
Frank has led the company as president and CEO since June 2009; he has been president since April 2006, and previously served as COO and senior VP retail.
Frank left to pursue other opportunities, the company said.
Conn’s operates 76 retail locations in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
New CEO named at Timex
MIDDLEBURY, Conn. — Timex Group announced that it has named Gary Cohen president and CEO of the company. Cohen will also join the company’s board of directors.
“I feel honored to lead one of the world’s largest and most iconic watch companies,” Cohen said. “I look forward to developing new business opportunities across our extensive portfolio of brands in both developed and emerging markets worldwide.”
Prior to joining Timex Group, Cohen was global general manager/VP Playtex Products Inc., a business unit of Energizer Holdings Inc., where he played an instrumental role in the integration of Playtex into Energizer’s personal care division.