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Stuart Weitzman names digital head

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC has named Monica Schwartz as chief global digital and e-commerce officer. In this newly created position, Schwartz will oversee all aspects of global e-commerce and digital strategies for the stuartweitzman.com platforms in the United States, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, as well as the soon-to-be-launched e-commerce site in China.

Schwartz brings onboard more than 15 years of experience and digital knowledge in the luxury retail and technology sectors, having previously built and led the e-commerce team at David Yurman. Prior to David Yurman, Schwartz was at EBay, where she was responsible for the strategy and launch of the flash sales platform.

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Rita’s Italian Ice names Sbarro exec as franchise VP

BY Dan Berthiaume

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.

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Dunkin’ Donuts signs N.C. franchise agreement

BY Dan Berthiaume

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.

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