Rita’s Italian Ice names Sbarro exec as franchise VP
Trevose, Pa. – Rita’s Italian Ice, has appointed Eric Taylor, a 15-plus-year franchise industry veteran, as senior VP and chief development officer to lead the company’s franchise development and growth. Taylor joined Rita’s in April, and is responsible for the expansion of the Rita’s global footprint.
Taylor has held senior leadership roles in multiple leading restaurant chains such as MetroMedia Restaurant Group (Bennigan’s, Steak & Ale, Ponderosa, Bonanza). In his most recent restaurant capacity, Taylor was VP, international franchise development at Sbarro.
MarketPlace Development to overhaul LaGuardia stores
New York – Retail developer MarketPlace Development announced that the food and stores at LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B will receive a major overhaul in 2014. With a new terminal slated to start construction in 2015, the redevelopment will provide upgrades for the existing aging terminal, including new shops and restaurants, enhanced amenities and infrastructure upgrades for HVAC and escalators in the food courts.
New specialty stores will include America!, Desigual, Eddie Bauer, LaCoste, L’Occitane, Lick, Ruby Blue and Tumi. InMotion Entertainment and Duty Free Americas are also scheduled to remodel and will debut fresh looks. New and improved food options include Bowery Bay Cafe, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Piccolo Mercato, Six Block Bakery, Sorrentine, and Villa Italian Kitchen. Au Bon Pain will perform a full remodel on all of their units and add a handmade sandwich bar to their 24-hour operation in food court near Gates D.
Construction has begun and will continue to take place throughout the summer and fall period. All construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Dunkin’ Donuts signs N.C. franchise agreement
Canton, Mass. – Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees Wendover Donuts LLC to develop five restaurants in North and South Greensboro, North Carolina. The locations will incorporate traditional and combination unit development with sister brand, Baskin-Robbins, with the first store planned to open in 2015.
Currently, there are more than 300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout the state, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in the cities of Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington and Charlotte. To help fuel growth in North Carolina, special development incentives are available, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $10,000 in local store marketing for stores that open on time.