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    Lou Malnati?s coming to West Valley
    Scottdale's SimonCRE is working on a development that will bring the extremely popular Chicago pizzeria to another Valley city.

    One of Phoenix?s top chefs partners with Walmart on menu items
    Walmart Inc. is trying to establish itself as a go-to place for fresh produce and to help that effort the mega-retailer has teamed-up with A-list chefs, including Phoenix?s Justin Beckett. Since Sept. 11 and continuting through Sept. 20, Beckett will feature a menu item at one of his restaurants, Beckett?s Table, made entirely with produce he picked up at a Walmart store in the Valley. ?When I walk through the aisles of a store, that is when the juices start flowing,? Beckett told the?

    Smoke ?em if you?ve got ?em: Flavored vape ban alarms Arizona retailers
    WASHINGTON ? Arizona vape-store owners fear their business will go up in smoke after the past week's warning by the Trump administration that it plans to begin enforcing rules that would drive flavored e-cigarettes out of the market, an industry official said. The White House statement was in response to recent reports that vaping-related lung illnesses have been confirmed in 33 states and one territory ? including six deaths nationwide. The Department of Health and Human Services? plan would?

    Global tech firm opens innovation hub at SkySong, plans to hire 1,000
    The India-based company, which will focus on autonomous technology, data science and cybersecurity at its fast-growing operations, is already eyeing a permanent move to a larger office in the Valley.

    Leadership Lesson: How to handle happy customers? You?re kidding
    Sweat. You worked hard to earn as many customers as possible. Why spend additional time with them when they are already in your camp? We jump to manage unhappy customers, but we mess up by failing to manage our happy customers. Why? Simple - it costs five times as much to gain a new customer than to keep an existing one. But, when we are constantly driven to get more new customers than paying attention to our current customers. And, they are vulnerable to our competitors. ?We see our customers?

    Founder of bankrupt retailer bids to buy brand, IP assets
    Houston-based fashion and accessories retailer Charming Charlie Holdings Inc. put its brand and related intellectual property assets up for auction this week, and a familiar face emerged as the purchaser. Houston-based CJS Group LP was the highest bidder after 35 rounds of competitive bidding, with a final bid of $1.125 million, and entered into a purchase agreement with the company, according to court documents. Charles Chanaratsopon, founder and former CEO of Charming Charlie, is listed as the?

    Valley executive named one of America's most innovative leaders
    An Arizona executive is one of the country's most innovative leaders. Don Slager, CEO of Phoenix-based Republic Services Inc. (NYSE: RSG), was named to the exclusive list, compiled annually by Forbes. Slager ranked No. 43 out of 100. "This honor belongs to the entire Republic Services team," said Slager, in a statement. "Every day we responsibly collect and manage the nation's recycling and solid waste. This is a dynamic and demanding business that requires an ongoing commitment to finding innovative?

    Valley child welfare nonprofit names new top executive
    The board of the Arizona's Children Association has named Jacob Schmitt as the organization's president and CEO. The appointment, announced Friday, followed an extensive search process and is effective immediately. Schmitt takes over the organization after Denise Ensdorff, the AzCA's previous top executive, passed away in May. ?When we lost Denise in May, we felt the loss of her spirit,? said Anna Osborn, AzCA board chair. ?During this difficult time, it was crucial to continue caring for?

    SEC filings reveal some details of recent WebPT capital raise
    WebPT and New York-based Warburg Pincus are not disclosing specifics of the investment in the Phoenix software firm, other than saying it was ?significant.?

    Valley seafood chain wants to have 100 locations by 2023
    After being founded by a former Arizona State University and NFL football player in 2013, this seafood restaurant is taking a deep dive into an aggressive growth strategy through franchising ? with plans already set to open more locations around the Valley.

Brock Danielson
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