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Seattle’s Best Coffee accelerates growth with new franchisees

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Seattle Seattle’s Best Coffee, a subsidiary of Starbucks, announced on Monday that it has signed 10 new franchisees as a part of an effort to expand the company. These new franchisees, which aim to open cafes in several states including California; Illinois; Texas; and New York, will help grow its current cafe count from more than 550 as the brand expands across the United States.

Seattle’s Best Coffee said it continues to update and expand its franchise program offerings to reflect key components that make the brand more attractive to potential franchisees.

To further drive the growth of the brand, Seattle’s Best Coffee has recently expanded its leadership team with the appointments of long-time Starbucks veteran Michelle Gass, president, Seattle’s Best Coffee, to lead and grow the brand, and John Wuycheck to fill the new position of VP, franchising business development, to specifically focus on the franchising opportunity.

“The rapid expansion of Seattle’s Best Coffee will continue to be driven by opportunities to broaden our overall portfolio of cafes, consumer packaged goods and foodservice accounts,” said Gass. “We think there is a very big opportunity — much larger than the business today — that is complementary to the Starbucks brand and will be a significant competitor to other brands that currently exist in the market.”

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Target announces Super Bowl TV deals

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MINNEAPOLIS Target announced that, starting Jan. 31 through Feb. 6, it is offering huge savings on select TVs to help consumers get ready for the Super Bowl.

Throughout next week, Target said customers can save up to $200 on select TVs, including a Magnavox 42” 1080p LCD for $499. In addition, Target guests who purchase any 32-inch or larger TV with a REDcard credit account between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6 can choose to receive zero-percent introductory financing until September.

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Sears Holdings raises more than $2M for Haiti support

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears Holdings announced that it has raised more than $2 million to support the people of that nation. Funds raised will be donated directly to the American Red Cross and will support emergency relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake.

“Our customers have truly demonstrated an outpouring of support to help the residents of Haiti during this crucial time of need,” said Scott Freidheim, EVP Sears Holdings. “This has been a community-wide effort in cities across the country and in more than 2,200 Sears and Kmart stores, as well as on Sears.com and Kmart.com. We are proud to be a part of this effort.”

Beyond making monetary donations, customers in select markets like Puerto Rico were invited to donate first-need items to collection bins at Kmart and Sears. The retailers accepted donations collected by local schools and other community organizations that wanted their fundraising efforts to reach those that needed it the most. All merchandise that was collected in-store was delivered to the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Since the delivery to the American Red Cross, all fundraising efforts have been focused on monetary donations.

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