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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf names Dunkin’ exec as new chief

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Los Angeles — John Dawson has been named president and CEO of coffee and tea retailer Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, charged with accelerating the chain’s plans for global growth.

Dawson most recently was global development officer of Dunkin’ Donuts, where he crafted and executed an aggressive growth strategy and led the day-to-day operations of franchising, development, and construction. Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Dawson served as VP of worldwide restaurant development at McDonald’s Corp., responsible for setting the strategic direction for McDonald’s global development.

Dawson replaces Mel Elias, who will assume a position on the board of directors.

In September 2013, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf announced that Advent International, CDIB Capital, and Mirae Asset Private Equity had joined to acquire a significant equity position in the company. The three investors, along with existing shareholders The Sassoon family, aim to expand the brand’s visibility and accelerate plans for domestic and international expansion.

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Corner Bakery Cafe launches online ordering

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Dallas — Corner Bakery Café has launched a nationwide online ordering system, allowing patrons to place their orders in advance online so their food is waiting for them at the counter.

To order, customers visit Corner Bakery Café’s website, browse the menu by category and make their selections for in-store pick-up. A filter option allows each guest to make their menu choice based on calorie count and includes gluten-friendly, vegetarian, vegan and low-fat selectors.

"Our online ordering system makes it easier than ever to have hand-crafted food morning, noon and night from Corner Bakery Cafe," said Gary Price, president. "Our guests shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience and we want them to be able to place their orders at any time, in any place and on any device."

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Uniqlo USA promotes retail veteran Larry Meyer to CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Uniqlo, a division of Japan’s Fast Retailing, announced the promotion of Lawrence (Larry) H. Meyer to CEO of Uniqlo USA.

Meyer left his post as executive VP of Forever 21 to join Uniqlo in January 2013 as COO. Prior to Forever 21, he served as CFO of Gymboree.

In his new role, Meyer will oversee the day-to-day operations of Uniqlo and hold responsibility for the ongoing development of the company’s retail footprint in the USA.

“Larry’s steadfast leadership has been a tremendous asset to the company and a key component to our successful growth this year. Building a U.S.-based executive team is a very important step in the next phase of our expansion in the United States, and his promotion is a logical step,” said Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing.

Uniqlo, which recently opened a total of 10 new locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and San Francisco, as well as a pop-up shop in New York’s Union Square subway station, currently has 17 stores in the United States, as well as its e-commerce site. The fast-growing retailer has a total of more than 1,200 stores in 14 markets around the world.

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