Papa John’s Offers Pizza 24/7 via On-Line Ordering
Louisville, Ky., Papa John’s is the first national pizza company to offer 24/7 on-line ordering. Customers logging on to its site can now plan ahead and order by specifying the date and time of delivery or carryout order, up to 21 days in advance. The company’s research and test results confirm that many customers like to order in the morning or shortly after arriving at work to take care of their meal planning for the day. Before launching this 24/7 platform, on-line ordering was only available during restaurant operating hours. In 2005, Papa John’s on-line orders grew by 50% from the year before. Papa John’s spent more than $1 million to convert its on-line ordering system to one that would accommodate orders 24/7.
D&W to Switch Over to Spartan
Grand Rapids, Mich., Sixteen family-owned D&W Food Stores reportedly plan to switch over to corporate-owned Spartan Stores. Ten of those stores will reopen later this week, but four West Michigan D&W locations will permanently close. The move is part of a reorganization plan released in December by Spartan Stores when it announced it was buying D&W. The transfer of prescription drug records in the involved stores led to a controversy. Some D&W customers who are upset about the move believe they should have been notified and given the chance to transfer their records to a pharmacy of their choice.
Rue21 Plans Public Offering in Upcoming Months
Pittsburgh, Bob Fisch, president and CEO of teen retailer rue21, Inc. said the company plans to have a public offering once again, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The chain, which recently opened a new 35,000-sq.-ft. headquarters and plans to open 400 stores in the next five years, claims its double digit same-store sales for the past two years has helped the company go public once again. Although owners of the then-235-store chain reported sales of $160 million in 1998, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in February 2002. Under Fisch’s management, sales increased as new merchandize and strategy was implemented. “We are becoming the dominant teen-specialty value retailer in the industry,” Fisch said. The public offering is expected within the next 12 to 18 months.