REAL ESTATE

PizzaRev adds four franchisee groups

BY Michael Fickes

Los Angeles — PizzaRev has signed agreements with four franchisee groups covering territory in five states. The deals will lead to the opening of new units in San Diego and Orange counties in California plus Utah, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Here are brief profiles of each group:

Away We Dough: Away We Dough is part of William Tell. The owners operate 18 Applebee’s and eight Famous Dave’s in Utah and Washington. The Restaurant Finance Monitor ranks William Tell at 151 on its list of the Top 200 franchisees in the United States based on annual revenue. Away We Dough will develop three PizzaRev restaurants in Utah.

Crafty Pizza: Crafty Pizza will develop 12 PizzaRev restaurants in Orange County, Calif.

TNT Pizza: TNT Pizza owns and operates nine Applebee’s, two Chevys and three Johnny Carino’s in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. The company will develop three PizzaRev restaurants. The locations include Sioux Falls, S.D., Fargo, N.D., and Lincoln, Neb.

RFP Group: The RFP Group owns and operates three Jersey Mike’s in North San Diego County. The company plans to develop five PizzaRev restaurants there.

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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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