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Hardee’s plans New England expansion

BY Dan Berthiaume

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Carpinteria, Calif. — CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., parent company of the Hardee’s fast food chain, plans to enter the Northeast U.S. market in the next 12-18 months. Regional expansion will begin in New Jersey, and New York, then continue to Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

CKE is expanding in partnership with franchisee Bhupen Patel. The company expects to open 200 Hardee’s restaurants in the region in the next five years and ultimately 1,000-plus throughout the Northeast. The stand-alone units will average 2,500 sq. ft. to 2,750 sq. ft. each and they will include drive-thru service

“It’s a massive advance into prime territory and a tremendous opportunity for a highly anticipated return,” said Jim Sullivan, senior VP of domestic franchise development for CKE. “We’ve heard from residents all across the region for years, begging us to bring our food back to them. We just needed the right partner.”

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Saks Off 5th opens, relocates stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th plans to open a second store in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 3. On the same date, the retailer plans to open its newly relocated store at Potomac Mills in Woodridge, Va.

The new 26,000-sq.-ft. Florida store is located in Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland Avenue. The new location will be at The Promenade and will be designed after Saks Off 5th’s “luxury in a loft” concept. The design of the store is intended to maximize efficiency and flexibility, enabling easy changes in the general layout. The store will be bright, uncluttered, with no hard aisles and one consistent hard-surface floor throughout. All fixtures will be on casters, ensuring ease in movement, and all hardware will be interchangeable between fixtures.
The new Virginia store with approximately 30,000 sq. ft. has been renovated and modeled with an open layout in the “luxury in a loft” concept, and will be situated at a prominent location in the outlet mall.

“The very first luxury-in-a-loft Saks Off 5th store was launched in Orlando, therefore we are very excited to return and offer another sophisticated boutique-style store to the community,” said Robert Wallstrom, president of Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.

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Sam’s Club opens new Illinois store

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. — Sam’s Club will open its newest club at 460 S. Weber Road in Romeoville, Ill., on Oct. 3. The Romeoville club will become the 21st Sam’s Club in the Chicago area.

There are 29 Sam’s Clubs throughout Illinois, employing more than 4,000 associates. More than 150 new jobs were created by the new Romeoville Sam’s Club. The new Sam’s Club measures approximately 136,000 sq. ft. Daylight-harvesting skylights reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75% daily. LED lighting throughout the club, including in the cooler and freezer box doors and jewelry counter, operates 70% more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting. There will also be a full-service pharmacy and a hearing aid center.

"Sam’s Club has been in Chicago and throughout the dynamic communities it encompasses for more than two decades, so we’re proud to grow even more in this area with our new club," said. Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. "This grand opening kicks off an aggressive month when Sam’s Club will open eight new clubs throughout the U.S. We are excited to begin a month-long celebration in Romeoville."

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