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Papa Murphy’s adds three independent directors

BY Dan Berthiaume

Vancouver, Wash. – Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. has appointed Jean M. Birch, Rob Weisberg and Jeffrey B. Welch as independent members of its board of directors, effective April 15, 2015. The appointments replace both Thomas H. Lee and Achi Yaffe, who have resigned from the board, as well as increase the board size by one seat.

Birch brings more than 20 years of experience leading restaurant brands and currently serves as the CEO and president of Birch Company LLC. Previously, Birch served as president of IHOP Restaurants Inc., as well as president of Romano's Macaroni Grill and Corner Bakery Cafe. Birch also held executive leadership roles within Yum Brands Inc. She currently serves on the board of directors of Cosi Inc. and Darden Restaurants Inc.

Weisberg currently serves as CEO of online live auction marketplace Invaluable, and also served for three years as chief marketing officer at Zipcar,Inc. Previously, Weisberg spent five years as VP of multimedia marketing at Domino's Pizza.

Welch currently serves as an international development consultant with the Gerson Lehrman Group. Previously, Welch held various executive roles within Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. Prior to Krispy Kreme, Welch served as the VP, real estate, international for The Home Depot Inc. Throughout his career he has held various positions for Tricon Global Restaurants Inc.

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Cabela’s appoints Tractor Supply veteran to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Sidney, Neb. – Cabela’s Inc. has appointed James F. Wright to its board of directors. Wright served as executive chairman of Tractor Supply Co. a farm and ranch supply retailer, from January 2013 through December 2013.

Prior to that, Wright served as chairman of the board and CEO of Tractor Supply Co. from November 2007 to January 2013, and previously served as president and CEO from 2004 to November 2007 and as president and COO from 2000 to 2004. He previously served as president and CEO of Tire Kingdom, a tire and automotive services retailer, from 1997 to 2000.

Wright also serves as a director of H&R Block Inc., and previously served as a director of Spartan Stores Inc. from 2002 through August 2011 and on the board and as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Retail Federation.

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Dunkin’ Donuts to open 10 stores in Minnesota

BY Dan Berthiaume

Canton, Mass. – Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group Legacy Concepts LLC to develop 10 new restaurants inMinneapolisand the surrounding areas ofBloomington,Edina,Eden Prairieand the communities west of the metro area. The first restaurant is planned to open by the end of 2015.

Led byJeffery Leu,Damon Dranchak,Christopher Leu,Kweilin Ellingrud,John SeibelandTyler Olsen, this team will manage and oversee the construction and operations for each Dunkin' Donuts restaurant.

Franchise opportunities still remain available throughoutMinnesotainMinneapolisandMankato. To help fuel growth inMinnesota, special development incentives are available which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to$5,000in local store marketing support for timely openings.

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