REAL ESTATE

Hurricane Grill & Wings to add 22 units in 2014-2015

BY Katherine Boccaccio

West Palm Beach, Fla. — Wing chain Hurricane Grill & Wings has signed five multi-unit development agreements, representing 22 new locations slated to open in 2014-2015.

The Florida-based franchised brand opened two locations in early 2014, with plans for a total of 14 new units by the end of this year.

"With our number of units expected to increase this year from 58 restaurants to 72, it’s rewarding to us as a brand to bring our fun, family-friendly restaurants to new communities," said Martin O’Dowd, president, Hurricane Grill & Wings.

New multi-unit development agreements include deals with Ronit’s Inc. for five units in the Richmond, Va. area; with Central Florida Wings, LLC for five units in Central Orlando, Fla.; with Franchise Partners, LLC for an additional six units in Maricopa County, Ariz., in addition to its current holdings; and a deal with Tamarind Investments, LLC for three units in the North Orlando, Fla. market.

The chain also inked an area development deal with JD Food and Grill, LLC, for three units in the Dallas DMA.

Opening in early 2014 were restaurants in Lindenhurst, N.Y., and Cape Coral, Fla., and additional locations are expected to open by the end of 2014 in Florida, Minnesota, Texas, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia and Tennessee.

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ENERGY/HVAC

Kroger certifies 500th Energy Star store

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. said that its Fry’s Marketplace store in Phoenix marks the 500th Kroger location to earn the Energy Star designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.

"Kroger is a shining example that improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is not only good for business, it’s critical to protecting the climate," said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of EPA’s Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch. "By addressing energy efficiency from design through operation, Kroger is leading the way for others and demonstrating that a lifecycle approach is the most effective way to ensure lasting energy savings."

Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star label rate in the top 25% of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency and performance.

"This accomplishment is very exciting for our company and our associates, because it demonstrates our commitment to energy reduction," said Keith Oliver, Kroger’s VP of facility engineering.

Kroger utilizes a variety of practices to increase energy efficiency, employing technology such as LED lights, skylights, and control systems – as well as engaging store associates in energy savings initiatives. The company has reduced its average grocery store electricity usage by over 34.3% since the year 2000.

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REAL ESTATE

Kendra Scott Jewelry opens two Atlanta stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Atlanta — Boutique accessories and jewelry designer Kendra Scott will add two new Atlanta-area stores – one in Buckhead at The Shops Around Lenox, and the other in Alpharetta, at the Avalon Center.

The Shops Around Lenox store opens April 26, and will feature an interactive Kendra Scott Color Bar, where customers can design and personalize one-of-a-kind jewelry.

The Avalon Center store in Alpharetta is slated to open fall 2014.

"It’s so exciting to bring our bold jewelry to an area with such a rich, lively culture,” said Kendra Scott, founder and CEO. Her products are currently sold at upscale retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and more than a thousand specialty boutiques worldwide.

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