OPERATIONS

Subway opens 8,000th non-traditional location

BY Marianne Wilson

Milford, Conn. — The Subway restaurant chain announced that a franchisee in Toledo, Ohio, has opened the brand’s 8,000th non-traditional location— in a two million-sq.-ft. automobile assembly facility that produces Jeep and Chrysler vehicles.

“They closed the cafeteria because of downsizing, but still needed a way to provide food options,” said Marc Hall, a former supermarket chain executive, and franchisee since 1989 who owns and operates ten Subway restaurants. “So, we got together and started talking and developed a pre-ordering system that could feed up to two thousand people in ten minutes.”

Other notable non-traditional Subway locations include the True Bethel Baptist Church, Buffalo, NY, where the pastor is the franchisee and uses the store to teach job skills to area residents who are in need of a helping hand; a new car showroom in California; and a high school in Detroit, in which students run the restaurant as part of a business class curriculum and can qualify for college credits by talking online University of Subway training and job development courses.

"Because of the Subway concept’s flexible floor plans, minimal space and equipment requirements and popular menu offerings, Subway restaurants are uniquely suited for these special sites, which are an integral part of our overall growth and on-going development strategy, and have been a large contributor to our record breaking 137 months of consecutive positive growth." said Don Fertman, chief development officer, Subway,

One of the more unique locations is the Subway restaurant at the construction site of 1 World Trade Center, in New York City, where the restaurant is hoisted up to the next level as each floor of the 105 –story building is completed.

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OPERATIONS

Office Depot names president of newly combined North America division

BY Staff Writer

Boca Raton, Fla.— Office Depot Inc. announced Wednesday that it has appointed Kevin Peters as president, North America, a new position that combines the company’s previous North American Retail and North American Business Solutions divisions.

Peters was previously president of North American Retail.

“For the first time, we are consolidating all of our North American operations under one leader, allowing us to break down silos, increase our productivity and improve the execution of our key initiatives,” said Neil Austrian, chairman and CEO.

Other management changes announced by Office Depot on Wednesday included: Bob Moore was named executive VP and chief marketing officer, and Farla Efros was named interim head of merchandising. Michael Allison was promoted to executive VP, human resources. Monica Luechtefeld, executive VP, e-commerce and direct marketing, is retiring and her duties will be assumed by Barry Litwin, VP, e-commerce and Christine Buscarino, VP, direct and customer marketing. Luechtefeld will remain with the organization as a consultant.

Steve Schmidt previously, president, BSD, was named executive VP, corporate strategy and new business development.

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Wal-Mart replaces departed China COO, CFO

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Shanghai —Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it has appointed its current Canada finance chief Sean Clarke as COO over the company’s China operations, after former CFO Roland Lawrence and COO Rob Cissell left the company in May.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Clarke will be joined by Steve Smith, named chief marketing officer in China. Smith was senior VP at Delhaize Group.

Wal-Mart, which operates China’s biggest hypermarket chain after Sun Art Retail Group Ltd., is restacking its China leadership deck, as it has said it expects China to surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest grocery marketing by 2014.

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