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Microsoft to open 75 stores in next two to three years

BY Marianne Wilson

Los Angeles — In an address Wednesday at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles, COO Kevin Turner said that Microsoft hopes to open 75 freestanding Microsoft stores within the next two to three years.

“We’re going to open up to 75 more stores over the next two to three years, and continue to bring our stores outside the U.S. as well, so we’ve got a huge opportunity to get the Microsoft story out there, and we’re going to keep driving that,” Turner said.

To date, Microsoft have opened 11 stores, in scattered locations across the country. The company made its retail debut in fall 2009.

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is a huge event, with some 15,000 from around the globe in attendance. The event is being held in Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

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Readers Speak Out: Is the growth of the burger category short-lived?

BY CSA STAFF

In the June 23 edition of SiteTalk, we asked you what you thought about CSA columnist Jeff Green’s opinion that the growth of the burger category could potentially be short-lived (read Jeff’s column here). This is what one reader had to say:

“I am a founding partner with Becks Prime Restaurants in Houston. We opened our first restaurant here in 1985. We are most known for our burgers made from Certified Angus Beef chuck ground each morning in each kitchen. We grill our burgers over mesquite wood coals, as well as many other items such as chicken, ahi tuna, custom made hot dogs, and Angus steaks. We prepare virtually all our menu items from scratch from full recipes. The only items coming out of a freezer in our kitchens are our beer mugs.

We have grown to 11 restaurants in the Houston area. Our staying power/success over the past 25 years is based on our commitment to serving only top-quality, freshly prepared menu selections. To have a chance of being successful, speed of expansion of a concept must relate to the simplicity of execution. We believe preparing selections from full recipes in each kitchen, each morning leads to a better product, but certainly lends to the need for greater attention. Our customers have too many choices here in Houston (nearly 10,000 restaurants) for us to rest on our previously earned reputation. To have staying power we must be most concerned with the customer experience TODAY.”

— Mike Knapp
Founding Partner
Becks Prime
Houston

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Hhgregg opens 10 new South Florida stores

BY Staff Writer

Indianapolis — Hhgregg announced Tuesday that it will open 10 new stores in south Florida, launching simultaneous grand-opening celebrations on July 14.

The new stores located in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach counties bring the total number of Hhgregg stores in Florida to 33, according to the retailer. The openings are in the communities of Aventura, Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Hialeah, Pembroke Pines, Miami, Plantation, Jensen Beach, East Wellington and West Palm Beach.

Approximately 600 residents have been hired to staff the new Florida stores. The chain currently operates 190 stores in 15 states.

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