Smashburger reveals aggressive expansion plans
Grand Junction, Colo.
On Monday, privately held fast-food chain Smashburger opened its first franchise stores in Grand Junction, Colo., launching what the company said is a 40-unit expansion in 2009 via franchising, according to QSR Magazine.
The 14-unit chain has stores slated to open in Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and Idaho later this year, as well as more stores in Colorado, the report said.
The retailer said it plans to open about 200 franchise locations in the next few years, including a deal with multi-unit operator SB Alamo Development, LLC for 45 units in Texas and New Mexico. The first two stores in that deal will open in San Antonio, Texas, during the next few weeks.
Depend brand teams up with sports stars for prostate awareness
DALLAS Kimberly-Clark, through its Depend brand has partnered with Zero – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. As part of the program, the Depend brand has aligned with a team of sports legends, including Ken Griffey, Sr., Jim Colbert and Joe Cortez, who each have a unique experience with prostate cancer.
From now through 2010, proceeds from the purchase of each package of Depend Underwear for Men and Depend Guards for Men will contribute to a final donation of $250,000 to Zero to help fund education for patients, free screenings for those at risk and cancer research.
“Our hope for future generations is that prostate cancer becomes a thing of the past,” said Skip Lockwood, CEO of Zero. “We commend Kimberly-Clark and the Depend brand for their commitment to helping us eradicate this disease.”
Film sponsorship continues
Target this week continues its long-running sponsorship of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
The 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 18 to 28, is also being sponsored by Abbott Laboratories’ ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars.
Target has been a Los Angeles Film Festival premier sponsor for nine years running and will be honoring Festival filmmakers at the Target Filmmaker Awards Gala, where they will distribute the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Target Documentary Award, each carrying an unrestricted cash prize of $50,000. Target also sponsors CineCultura – a Festival program honoring Latin films and filmmakers programmed in the Festival.