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Brian Coli, co-owner of this emerging Chicago-area chain, talks about what it takes to be successful in today's pizza segment, including equipment, labor and more.
Endeavoring to become a national player in the über-competitive pizza segment is not for the timid. Nevertheless, it's a goal that Hungry Howie's Pizza has set out to accomplish by taking its core strengths — freshly made, flavored-crust pizza to-go — to market in new, strategic ways. The Michigan Heights, Mich.-based chain has rolled out a new prototype, freshened up its look, established new marketing initiatives and tightened up its operations to reduce costs, ensure consistency and enhance speed of service.
An operation cannot always thrive on smoothies alone. This is what Tropical Smoothie founders Eric and Delora Jenrich and David Walker discovered in 1999, two years after opening their first Tropical Smoothie concept.
As part of an initiative that started two years ago, casual dining chain Uno's has slowly started to roll out a new prototype unit that has less of an impact on the environment than before.