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BradyIFS, a distributor of foodservice disposables and janitorial and sanitation products, will expand its reach into Northern California with the acquisition of two distributors: Fishman Supply Company and Armstrong Paper Group.

Brian Jenkins will retire from his post as CEO and a member of the board of directors for Dave & Busters, effective Sept. 30, 2021. Kevin Sheehan, chair of Dave & Buster’s board of directors, will serve as interim CEO until eatertainment chain names a permanent successor.

Jim Nelson was named sr. vice president of sales for AllPoints, a foodservice parts and supplies provider.

Service agent Tech-24 acquired Yukon Refrigeration. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Consolidation continued in the foodservice industry with Arizona Restaurant Supply’s acquisition of United Restaurant Supply.

Mercer Culinary tapped Carrie McDonald to serve as director of national accounts.

Add Parts Town to the list of companies now participating in foodservice equipment and supplies-related e-commerce arena. The Addison, Ill.-based OEM parts distributor entered the fray in late September with the launch of Parts Town Marketplace that will make available a curated list of light equipment, smallwares, tabletop items, consumables and other products available for purchase.

James “Jim” DeLuca, an account representative for TriMark, passed away Aug. 30, 2021. DeLuca was 72 years old and spent more than 30 years in the foodservice industry.

Middleby Corp. has acquired Imperial Commercial Cooking Equipment, a Corona, Calif.-based manufacturer of ranges, fryers, ovens, countertop equipment and other specialty cooking products for the commercial kitchen. Imperial has annual revenues of approximately $40 million, per a release announcing the deal.

Veteran foodservice designer Marisa Mangani has joined Florida-based TBCI Design as vice president of special projects.

In a move that portends accelerated growth, quick-serve restaurant chain Stoner's Pizza Joint hired William “Judd” Carlisi to serve as vice president of purchasing and franchise sales.

Andrew Cathy will become CEO of Chick-fil-A effective Nov. 1, 2021. He will succeed his father, Dan Cathy, who has served as CEO since 2013. Following the CEO transition, Dan Cathy will remain chairman of the board.

Yum! Brands promoted Sabir Sami, to KFC Division CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Sami, a 12-year company veteran, currently serves as chief operating officer and managing director of KFC Asia. He will succeed Tony Lowings, who is stepping down as CEO at the end of 2021 in advance of his retirement in early 2022, per a company release announcing this transition.

Polar Leasing Company hired David Kelty to serve as an inside sales representative.

Smoothie Factory opened its first two northeastern locations. But the growth comes with a twist: these units operate from inside two Friendly’s Restaurants and may be the sign of things to come.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe promoted Richard Key to chief operating officer from sr. vice president of operations.

Mike Williamson will retire from his post as general manager of Hotel & Restaurant Supply’s Jackson, Miss., location, effective Sept. 30, 2021. He has been with the company for more than 38 years.

Katie Cox was appointed vice president of business development for The Middleby Corporation, an Elgin, Ill.-based foodservice equipment manufacturer. In this role, Cox assumes responsibility for large Middleby chain accounts while also working on new business development. Cox will be based in the Dallas area but her customers will span the U.S.

Multiconcept operator Focus Brands promoted Mike Freeman to chief brand officer for its McAlister’s Deli chain.

Antoinette “Toni” Watkins, MS, RDN, is the recipient of the 2021 Gold Plate Award presented by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. Watkins is system director of Food & Nutrition Services at Riverside Health System.