REAL ESTATE

Moe’s Southwest Grill enters California market

BY Michael Fickes

Atlanta — Moe’s Southwest Grill has signed a deal to bring 18 new restaurants to Sacramento and Santa Cruz over the next seven years. This is the franchiser’s first push into California.

HKM II is the franchise group behind the California expansion. HKM II owns 42 quick-serve burger restaurants throughout Northern California, Southern Nevada and Arizona.

The first Moe’s is slated to open in the Sacramento area this spring. Overall, 14 locations are planned for the Sacramento metropolitan area. Plans also call for four restaurants around Santa Cruz and the central coast.

Moe’s currently counts 500 locations in the United States. This deal is part of the company’s plan to open 300 more restaurants by the end of 2015.

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Jewel-Osco president to retire

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons Inc., according to a Chicago Tribute report.

The Chicago grocer has tapped Jim Rice, who has served as VP of operations since August, to take the reins on a interim basis, the Chicago Tribute reported. Rice has worked for Albertsons for more than 35 years.

Rice began his career as a part-time associate with the goal to become a store director, which he achieved in Southern California in 1986. From there, he was promoted to district manager in both Florida and Las Vegas, roles which prepared him to be VP of the Northern California division and later the president of the Southwest division.

In February 2013, it was announced that Emmons would head Jewel-Osco. Emmons was formerly president of the southern division and returned to the company following his 2010 retirement. He began working at Albertsons in 1971.

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REAL ESTATE

Johnny Rockets opens first restaurant in Brazil

BY Michael Fickes

Aliso Viejo, Calif. — John Rockets has opened its first restaurant in Guarulhos, Brazil, a suburb of Sao Paulo. It is the brand’s 100th location outside of the United States.

Franchise partners Antonio Augusto Ribeiro de Souza and Nicolli Ciappina de Souza operate the restaurant at Shopping Internacional, a large retail center with 2.4 million visitors per month. The partners have committed to opening 29 additional restaurants in Brazil over the next 10 years.

Johnny Rockets’ South American presence also includes three restaurants in Chile and two in Ecuador.

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