Regional Apple products reseller MacAuthority has been acquired by tech retail giant GameStop, which last year launched an aggressive push into selling more than video games. Through the deal, GameStop's Simply Mac unit adds six stores in five cities as well as locations on the campuses of Vanderbilt and Belmont universities. In a memo obtained by Apple Daily Report, MacAuthority CEO Mark Gregory said he will transition into a new management role as Simply Mac looks to double its store base in short order.
GameStop (Ticker: GME) acquired a minority stake in Simply Mac in the fall of 2012 and bought its remaining shares last November. Simply Mac is now part of the company's recently organized Technology Brands segment, which runs more than 270 stores. In the fiscal quarter ended May 3, that group produced an operating profit of $6.0 million on net sales of $60.2 million.
Matt Rogers reports that Bartaco, a casual street food concept from a restaurant group out of Connecticut, has committed to leasing space in the 12 South Center under construction at the corner of 12th and Montrose avenues. Local developer Paul McRedmond early this year broke ground on the three-story 12 South Center.
Pie Five Pizza Co. will open the first of 10 planned locations in Nashville Friday, July 11, in The Crossings, located in Donelson at 2266 Lebanon Pike.
Pie Five is a subsidiary of The Colony, Texas-based Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc., an owner, franchisor and supplier of more than 275 restaurants operating domestically and internationally. Middle Tennessee is home to three Pizza Inn eateries (though none in Davidson County).
The “five” in Pie Five — which the company brands as fast-casual — is a reference to the pizza being made in no more than five minutes. Four crust options and one set price are other defining characteristics of the pizza.
Last November, Pie Five awarded 10 franchise units to Nashville-based businessmen Rich Davis and Ron Payne, according to a release.
“Of course, the first thing you notice about Pie Five is the cool look and feel of the restaurant,” Davis, a consultant and entrepreneur/restaurateur who previously brought the Schlotzsky’s brand to Nashville, said in the release. “Then you see how fresh our ingredients are and how quickly we can make your own delicious, customized pizza. Ron and I have been eagerly anticipating this moment for the last several months, and we can’t wait to introduce Pie Five to the Volunteer State.”
Pie Five Pizza has been named among Fast Casual.com’s 2014 Top 15 “Movers & Shakers,” a 2012 Hot Concepts winner by Nation’s Restaurant News and one of “10 Hot New Restaurant Chains from Established Brands” by Forbes.com.
With the Nashville opening, the company will have 21 locations in seven states (Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia) with more than 170 announced franchise units under contract in 11 states and Washington, D.C.
After about five years in New York City's Lower East Side, designer Andrew Clancey and artist/entrepreneur Chris Melton are preparing to reopen their Any Old Iron clothing store in the building pictured below at the corner of Shelby Avenue and 17th Street in East Nashville. The concept aims to "bring a little bit of British flavor to Nashville" and also will feature exclusive collections and antiques. Check out the venture's Facebook page for a taste.
Marangoni Tread North America has added to its dealer network of retreaders Wilson County Tire & Retreading facility in Lebanon, which has been opened by Northern Kentucky-based entrepreneur Bob Majewski. The new facility is marketing fleets new tires and retreading as well as a mounted wheel program, drive up service and pick up & delivery. Majewski is owner of Sumerel Tire Service in Newport, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.