QSR Magazine | Wendy’s: It’s Time to Compete with Fast Casuals

Wendy’s president and CEO Emil J. Brolick unveiled in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call yesterday a new recipe to “take the brand where we need it to be,” and said reviving the iconic brand will require competing with upstart fast-casual brands.

While Wendy’s North American company-operated same-store sales increased 5.1 percent in the fourth quarter, Brolick said the company faces stiff headwinds from both convenience stores and what he called the “new [quick serves].”

He said restaurants such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Panera Bread have grown at a compounded rate of 6.7 percent over the past five years and, not including the breakfast daypart, “have gained virtually all the share, or accounted for all the growth” in the quick-serve segment during the last five years.

Read more: http://www.qsrmagazine.com/news/wendys-its-time-compete-fast-casuals
Re-posted by: Crosbie Real Estate Group

The Denver Post | Denver council to vote Monday on Sunflower Market opening near City Park

As he pondered the City Council vote set for this evening that will decide whether a Sunflower Market grocery store will move into his district, Councilman Albus Brooks said he was undecided which way he would go.

To be sure, Brooks knew that what would be just the second supermarket in the City Park neighborhood would be a welcome addition. However, he was also aware of the strain that might be placed on residents of the smallish area, people who already draw the bulk of parking and traffic from nearby Colfax Avenue.

Denver Business Journal | 7-Eleven targets Denver for growth

Those who work or live in downtown Denver can’t help but notice the recent proliferation of 7-Eleven stores.

In an effort to grow market share and boost sales, 7-Eleven Inc. — owned by the private Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd., based in Tokyo — has opened 54 stores in the Denver market over the last three years with plans to open 20 to 25 more in 2012. It plans to sustain that growth pattern for at least the next five years.

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

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