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Walmart to build new supercenter in Maryland

BY Staff Writer

Denton, Md. –Walmart will break ground on a new supercenter in Denton, Maryland, the week of September 19. The 152,888-sq.-ft. store will also feature a Subway.

Walmart currently operates 35 stores and 12 Sam’s Clubs in the state of Maryland.

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Naartjie Kids expands into Middle East

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Saudi Arabia — Children’s retailer Naartjie Kids said Thursday it opened its first Saudi Arabia flagship store on July 9 in the Riyadh Gallery Mall. The company said six additional Saudi Arabia stores are slated to open this month.

It is the retailer’s first foray into franchising, and will expand its global retail presence beyond the U.S. and South Africa into the Middle East and North Africa. The initial opening of seven Saudi Arabia stores is part of an exclusive multiyear licensing agreement with Fawaz Alhokair & Co. based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Alhokair partnership includes the opening of an additional 50 plus retail stores by 2015 in the greater Middle East and North Africa regions.

Naartjie Kids will operate 52 wholly owned retail stores in the USA by year end 2011 with an additional 25 stores in South Africa.

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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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