CEC Acquires Peter Piper Pizza, U.S. Retail Sales Dip and Much More

FlashNews from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

October 22, 2014

Wilbur Curtis Co. Promotes Reddington FE&S FlashNews

Wilbur Curtis Company, a manufacturer of commercial coffee and tea brewing systems, promoted Krista Reddington to director of marketing from manager of sales support and marketing.

This Week in Foodservice: McDonald’s Still Stumbling, Unemployment News Brightens, and U.S. Retail Sales Dip FE&S FlashNews

The Commerce Department reported weak September retail sales but restaurants enjoyed a fair increase. First-time jobless claims fell to a 14-year low. The Sysco/U.S. Foods merger may have hit a stumbling block. Malcolm Knapp is optimistic about casual restaurant sales. McDonald’s is still searching for answers.

Chuck E. Cheese’s Parent Buys Peter Piper Pizza FE&S FlashNews

CEC Entertainment, Inc. ("CEC"), the parent company for Chuck E. Cheese’s, acquired Peter Piper Pizza, a 32-unit pizza restaurant and entertainment concept, from private equity firm ACON Investments. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Stafford-Smith Names New Vice President of National Accounts FE&S FlashNews

Stafford-Smith, the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based foodservice equipment dealer, has promoted Tom Ziolkowski to vice president of national accounts. A 15-year company veteran, Ziolkowski previously served as a regional manager working from the dealer’s Lansing, Mich., location.

Heely Joins the Veggie Grill Team FE&S FlashNews

Fast-casual concept Veggie Grill introduced Steve Heeley as the restaurant chain's new chief operating officer. Heeley joins Veggie Grill from Florida-based Earl of Sandwich where he was CEO.

Denny's Promotes Bode FE&S FlashNews

Denny's Corporation named Chris Bode the restaurant chain’s new senior vice president, chief operating officer.

Black Angus Brands Ames President
and CEO
FE&S FlashNews

Black Angus Steakhouse named Christopher Ames the president and chief executive officer of the 45-unit restaurant chain. Ames succeeds Meredith Taylor, who will remain a member of Black Angus's Board of Directors and an equity holder in the company.

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