Dunkin’ Donuts to add eight units in Rochester, N.Y.
Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts said it will open eight new restaurants in Rochester, N.Y., via a multi-unit store development agreement executed with existing franchisee Luis Ribeiro.
Ribeiro currently owns 25 of the 61 Dunkin’ Donuts in the Greater Rochester area.
"We expect 10 to 20 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants to open in Rochester over the next few years," said Grant Benson, VP franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands.
In June, the company unveiled a series of four new restaurant design options – labeled Original Blend, Cappuccino Blend, Dark Roast and Jazz Brew – to allow franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options in order to create a restaurant design that reflects personal tastes and preferences. The four options incorporate variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and lighting.
Nordstrom Rack to open at Baybrook Square
Webster, Texas — Seattle-based Nordstrom will add a new Nordstrom Rack location in the Houston area, opening a 31,000-sq.-ft. store in spring 2015 at Baybrook Square in Webster, Texas.
The Baybrook Square Rack will be the fourth Houston-area off-price store for Nordstrom. In July the company announced plans to open a third Rack location at Willowbrook Mall in fall 2014.
The new Nordstrom Rack will move into a space currently occupied by DSW, which is relocating within the center. Baybrook Square is managed by Fidelis Realty Partners.
Interbrand Design Forum announces seven new hires
Dayton, Ohio — Retail design firm Interbrand Design Forum has announced seven new hires to support its continued growth. Staff additions include three new members to the environmental design team, a fixture specialist and several supporting staff members.
Ryan Slicer has been named Senior Environmental Designer. Previously he worked with WD Partners.
Amanda Handermann joins as an Environmental Designer. Before coming to Interbrand Design Forum she co-founded the Wig Wam Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary freelance design team.
Natalie Benos also joins as an Environmental Designer after interning at WD Partners and The Little Tykes Company as a toy design intern.
Adam Minch comes to Interbrand Design Forum as a Fixture Specialist after working for a fixture manufacturing company.
Carrie Krochta has taken over the role of Marketing Coordinator for the North America Region.
Cindy Hovell is a new Director of Client Services, after serving as a production manager for a woman’s clothing manufacturer.
Jenny Brown joins the organization as Executive Assistant. Her experience includes work as an assistant at an investment firm and serving as a legal assistant at a law firm.