REAL ESTATE

Edible Arrangements looks to expand in Pacific Northwest

BY Marianne Wilson

Wallingford, Conn. — Edible Arrangements has set its sights on the Pacific Northwest for an aggressive expansion campaign designed to open as many as 30 new locations in the near future.

Edible Arrangements already has 10 locations in Oregon and Washington and sees significant opportunity for growth, which will be accomplished through franchising. Most of the growth will be focused in the Seattle, Tacoma and Portland areas and the company is currently seeking franchisees with the resources to open multiple locations.

The company currently has more than 1,100 locations in the United States and 14 countries worldwide.

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OPERATIONS

Morgan’s Foods taps Action Services Group for sign/exterior lighting services across six states

BY Staff Writer

Aston, Pa. — Action Services Group, a national retail and commercial lighting, sign and electrical maintenance and service company announced a service agreement with Morgan’s Foods Inc., operator of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut Express and A&W restaurants under franchises licenses, to perform sign and exterior lighting service and maintenance for 73 of their franchise units.

The agreement covers on-demand sign and exterior lighting maintenance and repair services for the 73 units located throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Missouri and Illinois.

In addition Action Services Group will provide annual sign and electrical inspection, annual sign cleaning of exterior store signs, and relamping signage and exterior fluorescent lighting once every two years.

Action Services Group provides lighting, sign and electrical maintenance services, re-lamping and LED retrofit services to retail store chains and restaurant chains, commercial building operators and educational and healthcare institutions across the United States and Canada. Using a proprietary, web based service management system, ServicePoint Solutions, Action Services Group stores and tracks all location asset data after the initial service call virtually eliminating return-trip service charges, tracks all product warranty information to maximize cost savings and measures each service call with a customer satisfaction survey at the site level.

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Alliance Data to be credit card provider for Barneys New York

BY CSA STAFF

DALLAS — Alliance Data Systems Corp. announced its retail services business has signed a long-term agreement to provide private label credit card services for Barneys New York.

Alliance Data will provide a full suite of credit and marketing services for the Barneys credit card, including management of its existing loyalty program. Designed to offer meaningful benefits to the elite Barneys card member. Alliance Data will also leverage its advanced analytics capabilities to further support one-to-one relevance and value to esteemed card members, as well as development of strategies related to the Barneys credit card across all of Barneys retail channels.

"Alliance Data’s retail heritage, exceptional customer care practices, and proven credit and marketing tools were key factors in our decision to partner with them," said Daniella Vitale, COO of Barneys New York. "Through this credit card program, we look forward to further enhancing brand affinity and driving long-term loyalty among our valued customers. In addition, the proceeds from this transaction were used to further reduce our debt, allowing us to invest capital in strategic growth areas for the company which is consistent with the vision of our new owners."

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