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Starbucks to open La Boulange eatery in Los Angeles

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Starbucks Corp. plans to bring its La Boulange Bakery café chain to Los Angeles, opening a location with extensive food offerings. The eatery is scheduled to open June 11, and will also serve beer, wine, cocktails as well as milkshakes, the Associated Press reported.

Starbucks purchased the La Boulange chain in 2012. The cafes, based in the San Francisco area, sell breakfast and lunch fare, and typically close before 7 p.m. But the Los Angeles location will have more of a "modern farmhouse" feel to it, the report said, and the menu will be expanded to include build-your-own-burgers and other items for dinner. It will remain open to 10 p.m.

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Corner Bakery Café expanding in Seattle, Las Vegas

BY Marianne Wilson

Dallas — Fast-casual restaurant chain Corner Bakery Café announced two multi-unit development agreements with California-based businessman Anil Yadav, CEO of JIB Management, who plans to open 16 cafes in Seattle, and seven in Las Vegas, over the next seven years.

Corner Bakery Cafe operates 166 company-owned and franchised locations in 17 states and Washington, D.C. Last month, the company announced plans to open 18 restaurants in Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as plans for 17 cafes in the Orlando, Florida, area, bringing total development commitments to more than 350 locations. The chain plans to more than double its U.S. footprint in the next three years.

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Conn’s brings HomePlus store format to Tennessee

BY Staff Writer

The Woodlands, Texas — Conn’s, a specialty retailer of home appliances, furniture, mattresses, consumer electronics, announced the opening of its first two Conn’s HomePlus stores in Tennessee.

The HomePlus store format showcases furniture and mattresses in addition to the leading brands and the latest technologies in consumer electronics and home appliances. The stores are at Cross Creek, in Memphis, and at Town & Country Commons, in Knoxville.

Conn’s has opened four new stores, updated four locations and closed three existing stores since Jan. 31. Currently, 58 of the company’s 80 stores are operating in the Conn’s HomePlus format.

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