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Pizza

Leadership

MOD Pizza hires HR vet Dayna Eberhardt as chief people officer

Eberhardt previously spent more than 13 years in various human resources roles at Starbucks.

Financing

Yum Brands starts opening units again

The owner of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Habit accelerated development in the third quarter and said it has a shot at breaking an industry record for new openings this year.

Winter is in the air in some parts of the country and restaurants are already gearing up with hot, meaty sandwiches, comforting soups, seasonal cocktails and other items to beat the chill.

The fast-casual pizza chain has been acquired by franchisees Pie Guy Restaurants, with former Long John Silvers head serving as its new CEO.

He will stay with the pizza chain in a transition role through March.

The undisclosed investment by Great Plains Capital LLC will be used to speed up growth plans at the quick-service pizza chain.

Denver-based Mici Handcrafted Italian has some big-name advisors, well-oiled operations, a thriving rewards program, and it’s starting a major growth push after 17 years building its foundation.

Southwest Pizza had been an operator of the CEC Entertainment-owned brand for nearly 40 years.

The pizza chain has had the same $5.99/$7.99 offers for years. Higher labor and food prices have some analysts wondering if the company will change it, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The pizza chain has promoted Max Wetzel to an expanded role as chief commercial officer, where he will oversee North America operations as well as marketing.

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