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Domino’s launches new iPad ordering app

BY Dan Berthiaume

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Domino’s Pizza is releasing its ordering app for iPad. Domino’s new app will offer users access to the full national menu, coupon search and location-based store locator, like in its current iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Kindle Fire ordering apps.

The app will also allow direct access to track an order using Domino’s Tracker, the company’s digital order tracker, and Pizza Profiles, which allows customers the ability to save information and reorder in as little as five clicks, or about 30 seconds.

"We couldn’t be more thrilled about bringing our Domino’s Pizza ordering app to iPad," said Russell Weiner, Domino’s Pizza chief marketing officer. "This new app enhances our commitment of offering convenience to our customers wherever they are – and it looks so good, customers will get hungrier just looking at it."

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Mattress Firm acquires 75 Mattress King and BedMart stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

Houston – Mattress Firm Holding Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire Mattress Liquidators Inc., which operates Mattress King retail stores in Colorado, and BedMart retail stores in Arizona, for about $35 million. This will add approximately 75 specialty retail stores to the Mattress Firm company-operated store base in markets where it currently operates, primarily Denver, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.

The closing of the acquisition is expected to occur by the end of the second fiscal quarter of 2014, subject to normal closing conditions.

“We are excited to further expand our position in the Denver, Phoenix and Tucson markets,” stated Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm president & CEO. “We believe that the acquisition of the Denver stores will allow us to leap into a strong position in that market, building on the foothold established by the acquisition last month of the formerly franchised Mattress Firm stores in Denver. The additional stores in Phoenix and Tucson will supplement the existing base of quality stores that we currently operate in those markets. This acquisition is aligned with our relative market share strategy, which continues to build long-term value creation for our shareholders.”

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Leonard Green managing partner leaves post

BY Dan Berthiaume

Los Angeles – Peter J. Nolan, 55, one of three managing partners of private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, is leaving his post. Leonard Green holds investment stakes in major retail chains including J. Crew, Petco, The Container Store, and Topshop/Topman.

Nolan will serve as a senior advisor to Leonard Green and also serve as a board member of several companies in its portfolio. He is leaving to devote more time to philanthropic activities.

“It has been a privilege to work with extraordinary partners and colleagues, loyal investors, and some of the most talented executives in the world at our portfolio companies,” Nolan said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing the relationships I have built during the past three decades while beginning a new chapter.”

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