Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Elevation Burger adds toppings, plots expansion

Elevation Burger, the fast-casual concept that specializes in organic, free-range burgers, is expanding its topping menu as it accelerates growth in the United States and overseas. . . more

Northeastern cancels Chick-fil-A plans after student group denounces chain

Plans to bring a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant to the Northeastern University campus have been canceled after the student government denounced the chain over its support of groups opposed to gay and lesbian rights. . . more

Upper Crust pizza locations shuttered

The Upper Crust Pizzeria franchises in Salem and North Beverly closed abruptly last week. . . more

Penney coins new image

If consumers hadn’t heard of J.C. Penney’s efforts to revitalize the tired, 110-year-old brand, they likely started to get the picture after watching Sunday’s Academy Awards. . . more

Vitamin Shoppe Q4 profit soars 57%, plans 52 new stores in 2012

Vitamin Shoppe reported Tuesday that net income for the fourth quarter surged 57% to $9.4 million from $6 million a year earlier, boosted by strong online results and an extra week in the fiscal calendar. . . more

A&P wins bankruptcy plan approval

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y., approved the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.’s plan to exit bankruptcy. . . more

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

10-screen cinema to open in Epping in the fall

By a vote of 3-1, the Epping Planning Board has approved the construction of an O'Neil Cinemas complex in the Brickyard Commons shopping center at Route 125.

Josh Levy, principal and leasing manager for Waterstone Development, said the project received final approval from the Planning Board on Thursday night, and that construction has begun on a 26,000-square-foot theater complex.. . . more

Turning the page

Fresh hand-rolled sushi. A juice bar with made-to-order It’s certainly not a typical drugstore.

But these are among the amenities that Walgreens will offer in the former Borders space when it debuts a 24,000-square-foot store this fall in Downtown Crossing.smoothies. A hair and nail salon.. . . more

Tax-free Internet sales, exemptions erode state revenue

Sales taxes last year took the smallest percentage of consumers' dollars since 1967 as tax-free Internet sales and untaxed services continued to erode state and local governments' top source of revenue, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

States and cities are being forced to keep their belts tight because sales tax collections rose only 1.2% last year even though consumer spending climbed 4.7%.. . . more