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Tortal and Bojangles to partner on online training program

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Charlotte, N.C. — Training consultant Tortal said that it has forged a test agreement with Bojangles Restaurants to create a point-of-sale training program to support the new POS rollout for its company and franchise restaurants.

The training program, said Tortal, is intended to strengthen the restaurant chain’s existing training processes.

The launch of the new online training program is slated for summer 2013.

“Tortal is a local company that has earned a reputation in the franchise industry for developing highly interactive online training programs that engage the viewer, making the skills you learn easier to retain and implement,” said Kenny Avery, senior VP company operations, Bojangles. “The fact that our team members and management can receive this training at their individual restaurants or in the privacy and comfort of their own home is an added bonus.”

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Simon Property, McArthurGlen form JV for European outlets

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Indianpolis — Simon Property Group and McArthurGlen Group announced an agreement to form a joint venture through which SPG will invest in McArthurGlen, the leader in upscale, European designer outlets.

Under the agreement, SPG will acquire an ownership interest in six properties and will also become a partner in McArthurGlen’s property management and development company. Included assets are in Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada.

"This venture supports and extends our international growth strategy, and we look forward to collaborating on ways to further enhance McArthurGlen’s platform for retailers and customers," said David Simon, chairman and CEO, Simon Property Group.

McArthurGlen Group currently has 21 Designer Outlets in eight countries, and introduced the concept of designer outlet retailing to Europe in 1995.

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Brown Shoe CEO adds chairman to title

BY Katherine Boccaccio

St. Louis — Brown Shoe Co. said Monday that president and CEO Diane Sullivan has been named chairman of the board, effective Feb. 2, 2014.

Current chairman Ron Fromm will step down but remain a member of Brown’s board.

Sullivan joined Brown Shoe in 2004 as president.

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