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Vitamin Shoppe makes international debut with Panama store

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bergen, N.J. — Vitamin Shoppe said Monday it has opened its first international franchised Vitamin Shoppe store, located in Panama City. The store, which opened March 4, is owned and operated by franchisee Reprico.

"We’re excited to partner with Reprico and bring the Vitamin Shoppe to Panama," said Musab Balbale, director of new business for the Vitamin Shoppe. "Our focus on delighting the customer with knowledge and great service will make us a trusted source for our customers in Panama."

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buangsila001 says:
Mar-30-2013 10:53 am

This company has a long way
This company has a long way to go in Panama, but surely it will become the number one retailer of nutritional products. - Michael Courouleau

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Smoothie King to open 100 stores in 2013

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New Orleans — Smoothie King Franchises said Monday it plans to open 70 franchise and 30 corporate locations across the U.S. in 2013.

Since December 2012, the smoothie franchise has acquired six additional locations in Florida and Texas, bringing the total number of corporate stores to seven. The company also has opened six new franchise locations since the start of the year.

Smoothie King said it is on track to sign 100 new U.S. franchise agreements this year. Additionally, the company has plans to open 50 new international stores, including 40 in South Korea and 10 in Singapore.

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Family Dollar names merchandise operations exec

BY Marianne Wilson

Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores said Monday it has named Scott T. Zucker to the newly created position of SVP merchandise operations, charged with driving the strategy and execution of merchandise initiatives, category management, merchandise planning and replenishment.

Zucker, who joined Family Dollar in 2006 as divisional VP pricing, was promoted a year later to VP merchandise operations and most recently served as VP IT solutions.

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