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Jack in the Box

Leadership

Jack in the Box names Tony Darden COO

The former Mooyah president will lead operations at the San Diego-based burger chain.

Financing

Jack in the Box targets more unit growth, even as franchisees close locations

The company has a new franchise sales effort and is opening in REEF Kitchens, but it allowed operators to close underperforming locations last quarter.

Steve Piano was named the burger chain’s chief people officer while Carlson Choi is the new chief information officer.

Taste Tracker: 4/20 specials at Jack in the Box, Sticky’s Finger Joint and more; sustainability rules at Ike’s and Sweetgreen; Smashburger dials up the heat on chicken sandwiches; and new LTOs make their debut.

Customers flush with stimulus cash ordered more premium items, pushing same-store sales up 12.5%.

Missouri Jack, which operates locations in Missouri and Illinois, cited competition for sales problems and a dispute with its lender.

The battle against COVID wasn’t the only combat restaurants saw last year. Here’s a sampling of the other wars.

Taste Tracker: Jack in the Box spotlights chicken, Popeyes offers beignets, Cousins regionalizes subs and operators toast 2021 with new cocktails.

The chain hopes happier franchisees will add units for the first time in years now that sales and profits are up.

The National Jack in the Box Franchisee Association won some concessions from the franchisor as they settle a nearly two-year-old lawsuit.

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