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Krispy Kreme plans Southern California expansion

BY Michael Fickes

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Krispy Kreme has signed a development agreement with existing franchisee Great Circle Family Foods, LLC, to develop 20 new doughnut shops in Southern California during the next seven years. A Krispy Kreme franchise partner since 1998, Great Circle Family Foods currently operates 11 Krispy Kreme shops in Southern California.

The planned shops are expected to feature Krispy Kreme’s new small factory design, including a drive-thru.

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Sam’s Club opening two new stores on Jan. 23

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. – Sam’s Club plans to open new stores on Thursday, Jan. 23, with a location in Warwick, R.I., and one will open in Mooresville, N.C.

Both stores will measure approximately 136,000 sq. ft. and feature a fresh bakery, a tire and battery center, and a café. A pharmacy and a hearing aid center are open to both members and the general public. The Mooresville store also offers the Click N Pull personal shopping service, as well as a fuel station.

Sam’s Club has hired 140 new associates to staff the new Warwick store and 160 to staff the new Mooresville store.

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Chute Gerdeman opens New York office

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Chute Gerdeman, a global strategic brand and design firm, has opened an office in New York City.

“Our clients increasingly have sought our presence in New York,” said Chute Gerdeman chairman Denny Gerdeman. “As our business and client base have grown and evolved, having a base in this retail hub became a clear necessity.”

Gerdeman and co-chairman Elle Chute will split their time between the company’s Columbus, Ohio, headquarters and the New York City office, working alongside the New York-based team. Among the services offered by the New York CG offfice will be retail experience design, retail analytics, retail innovation consulting, visual merchandising and architectural implementation.

Chute Gerdeman CEO Rolfe Swinton said, “New York is the largest retail center in the U.S. and is also developing an incredible technology ecosystem. These two worlds are coming together in exciting ways through our work for our clients. We are thrilled to be involved in this nexus of innovation.”

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