Auntie Anne's Pretzels has rolled out a new store design prototype, the first in the 1,540-unit chain's history. The new design is intended to incorporate the look and feel of a home kitchen with warmer tones, prominent brand messaging and enhanced equipment.

Orlando-based Earl of Sandwich opened its 28th restaurant in St. Petersburg, Fla., debuting a comprehensive new platform designed to facilitate aggressive franchise growth. 

While the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) postponed the release of LEED v4 last year due to a delayed ratification process, the standard will take full effect in June 2015.

Flexible, artistic digital displays are transforming interiors.

Multiple factors go into flooring selection — aesthetics, durability and cost among them. But if safety doesn't get equal consideration you're putting employees, guests and your brand at risk. 

Peet's Coffee & Tea is one of those brands that nurture strong emotional connections with their fans — in the case of Peet's, called Peetnicks. It's quirky, quality-focused, eclectic and has always had decidedly nonchain sensibilities. 

Strategically sound menu board optimization generates significant returns on investment. We routinely see 5 percent to 10 percent increases in overall sales. Optimized menu boards can also shave precious seconds off the order process, speeding throughput and boosting customer satisfaction and loyalty.