The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf names VP of store development
Los Angeles — The Coffee Bean & Tea Left said that Bill Robards has joined the company as VP of store development. He will be responsible for delivering upon the brand’s extensive growth and expansion plans in the United States.
Robards brings 30 years of strategic leadership in real estate, construction, and asset and facilities management. Prior to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Robards held the positions of senior VP of development for JP Morgan Chase & Co. and previously worked with Starbucks as divisional VP of assets/facilities and divisional VP for the Western Division, which grew over 1,200 new stores. He also spent several years with McDonald’s Corporation in the real estate division.
In September 2013, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf announced that Advent International, CDIB Capital and Mirae Asset Private Equity had joined together to acquire a significant equity position in the company. John Dawson was appointed CEO and president of chain as of January 1, 2014. His background includes leadership positions at Dunkin’ Brands — where he held various positions over the past eight years, most recently serving as the global development officer of Dunkin’ Donuts — as well as VP of worldwide restaurant development at McDonald’s Corporation.
Report: Obama to visit a Costco on Wednesday
Washington, D.C. — A day after he gives his State of the Union speech, President Obama will follow up Wednesday with visits to a Costco store in Maryland and a steel plant in Pennsylvania, USA Today reported.
During his stop at the Costco in Lanham, which is located about 15 miles from the White House, Obama is expected to deliver remarks on the economy, the report said.
RILA board elects Dollar General CEO as chairman
New York — The Retail Industry Leaders Association elected Richard Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General, as the new chairman of its board of directors.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as board chairman for RILA and to work with this exceptional group of retail leaders to strengthen our industry,” said Dreiling. “RILA is a critical strategic partner in empowering our industry to speak with one voice to champion issues that affect the retail sector, our workforce and our valued customers.”
Dreiling succeeds Target CEO and chairman Gregg Steinhafel, who was elected to a two-year term as chairman in 2012. He will remain a member of the executive committee, assuming the role of immediate past chair.