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March 29, 2012
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  • Hyatt's Andaz brand prepares for global growth
    Hyatt is launching a series of conversions and development projects around the world for its boutique Andaz brand, which will double its portfolio in three to four years. The brand, however, will strive to maintain its "unpretentious" culture amid the expansion, executives said. "Even as we grow, we can maintain our nonchain feel as long as we're true to our ethos. We're not stuck in a box," said Jonathan Frolich, general manager of the Andaz 5th Avenue. (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grocers find that good things come in smaller boxes
    Global retailers including Tesco, Carrefour and Wal-Mart Stores are steadily reversing course from big-box megastores to smaller stores that fit in urban areas. Consumers increasingly shop for staples online and fill in the gaps with smaller trips closer to home, according to the Institute of Grocery Distribution. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Trends 
  • Hotel conversion projects are booming in New York
    New York City's Midtown South area and Financial District are experiencing a surge of conversion projects from office space into hotels. The developments come as office-building owners are drawn to the city's strong hotel market, with room rates on the rise and demand continuing its climb past supply. The Wall Street Journal (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How chefs use pop-ups to prove themselves
    Partners Leo Beckerman and Evan Bloom invested their own funds to debut a weekly pop-up last year. The pair only broke even, but the traditional deli proved popular enough to persuade friends and family to invest the $100,000 they needed to open a permanent version of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco's Mission District. The Wall Street Journal (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Which chain will be the next Chipotle?
    The next game-changing restaurant concept is likely already beginning to grow somewhere in the world, using a combination of mobile media and social networking to connect with consumers, writes Paul Barron in this excerpt from "The Chipotle Effect." "We must change now; the consumer is blazing past us on a rocket ship loaded with iPhones, tablets, and social networks, and the future of this business is dependent on how we connect with them at this critical time." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ISA Update 
  • Biggest winners at ISA International Sign Expo 2012
    With more than 16,000 in attendance at the ISA International Sign Expo 2012, the odds were better than a Mega Millions jackpot. Consequently, many left Orlando as winners -- with winning products, winning ideas and even winning cold, hard cash. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What the sign industry believes
    The ISA board of directors recently approved two new industry position statements to help sign companies educate local officials on key regulatory issues. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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