Asian eyewear retailer in U.S. debut
A fashion-forward eyewear brand based in Hong Kong has dropped anchor in the United States.
Mujosh has opened three U.S. locations, with stores at Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton, California; and one at Westfield, San Francisco; and Glendale Galleria, Los Angeles. The brand is known for its innovative stylings which position eyewear as much as a fashion accessory as a tool to improve eyesight.
“The opening of the stores in the United States represent a significant milestone in the ongoing global business expansion for Mujosh,” the company said. “With its cutting-edge style and innovative spirit in both products and business models, the fashion eyewear brand is confidently bringing in a new exciting brand concept to the traditional eyewear market of the United States.”
Founded in 2010, Mujosh operates over 800 specialty stores located in high-end shopping malls and department stores covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, and Canada. The brand’s in-house designers are based in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Korea.
Fast-casual sandwich chain growing fast
Jersey Mike’s Subs is on the move.
On the heels of opening more than 170 stores in 2017, the New Jersey-based submarine sandwich chain plans to open 200 new locations, including franchise and corporate, in 2018. The company aims to have more than 2,000 stores open nationwide by 2020.
In addition to continued expansion through franchising, Jersey Mike’s is also placing a focus on its nontraditional development. It is aggressively seeking to expand its presence in in major airports, universities and sporting venues throughout the country.
“Coupled with our strong franchise development pipeline, the exceptional success we experienced in 2017 has positioned Jersey Mike’s for continued growth in 2018, and we look forward to accelerating this momentum and continuing to take the brand to new heights,” said Hoyt Jones, president, Jersey Mike’s, which reported a 6% increase in same-store sales system wide in 2017.
Survey: Nice restrooms have big impact on business
Americans are more likely to open their wallets at businesses with clean restrooms.
That’s according to the annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey in which almost half of Americans say they will “definitely” or “probably” spend more money at a business that has clean, well-maintained restrooms. In addition, nearly 60% of Americans make a conscious decision to visit a specific business because they know it has nice restrooms, the survey found.
The survey shows that when businesses let restroom maintenance slip through the cracks, they are at a high risk of jeopardizing customer satisfaction and sales.
“More than half of Americans say they are unlikely to return to a business after experiencing a poorly maintained restroom,” said Jon Dommisse, director of strategy and corporate development for Bradley Corp., which sponsored the survey.
In the survey, 70% of respondents report having an unpleasant restroom experience – a number that has steadily increased from 59% over the past three years. Forty-two percent said they had a bad experience within just the past two months.
When asked about the biggest pain points in restrooms, an overwhelming majority identified the following circumstances as “extremely” or “very” aggravating:
• Toilet clogged or not flushed (83%)
• Toilet paper dispenser empty or jammed (78%)
• Partition doors don’t latch (74%)
• Unpleasant smells (73%)
• Overall appearance is old, dirty or unkempt (72%)
The top restroom frustrations include having to walk across a wet floor (women in particular), reaching over someone to access soap and waiting in line for a hand dryer.