Macy’s to renovate Chicago store
New York City — Macy’s is undertaking a multi-million dollar remodel of its store in Chicago’s Water Tower Place, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The eight-floor, 227,000-sq.-ft. department store was last renovated in 1996, when it operated as Marshall Field’s. It became Macy’s in 2006.
The new décor will include a white ceramic floor, brighter lights and silver accents, the report said. The store’s first three levels will receive the lion’s share of the updates.
OSI Restaurant Partners to remodel up to 150 Outback Steakhouse locations
New York City — OSI Restaurant Partners LLC, operators of Bonefish Grill and Outback Steakhouse as well as several other restaurant chains, told securities analysts that it planned to remodel as many as 150 Outback Steakhouse units and focus of expanding its Bonefish Grill brand this year.
OSI operates or franchises 968 Outback Steakhouses, 152 Bonefish Grills, 233 Carrabba’s Italian Grills, 64 Fleming’s units and 22 Roy’s locations.
The company it would increase investments this year to between $125 million and $150 million to include restaurant development and improvements in corporate infrastructure and efficiency upgrades.
Olive Garden to remodel more than half its locations
Orlando, Fla. — Olive Garden plans to remodel or refresh more than half of its 700 plus restaurants across the United States to its new Tuscan farmhouse-inspired design.
Called “Via Tuscany,” the updated décor includes new tables, chairs and booths, a palette of warm, rustic tones and design elements of a farmhouse in Tuscany. Other updates include new window treatments.
Outside updates include new front doors surrounded by Tuscan stones and a brick arch, freshly painted exterior walls and newly planted Cypress trees to refresh the landscaping.
The Tuscan-inspired design will be the template for all new Olive Garden units.
“We believe the Farmhouse design reinforces our vision by creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that enhances the genuine Italian experience at Olive Garden,” said Dan Kiernan, executive VP operations for Olive Garden. “Within the next few years guests will enjoy the same Tuscan-inspired look and feel inside every one of our family of local restaurants across North America.”
Olive Garden is part of Darden Restaurants, the world’s largest company-owned and operated full-service restaurant company.