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Jamba Juice

Financing

Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s step out of the mall together

Parent company Focus Brands is using cobranding as it looks for different types of locations for its mall-focused concepts.

Operations

Jamba wants to be thought of as more than a smoothie purveyor

Jamba wants to be thought of as more than a smoothie purveyor. The fast-casual chain is amping up its food offerings and seeing double-digit same-store sales growth.

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The former Hilton executive, who took the job two weeks before the pandemic hit, leans on his hotel experience, and sees parallels between the two industries.

Focus Brands, which also owns Jamba, McAlister’s Deli and several other brands, is offering relief pay and deferring or waiving franchisees’ fees.

The operator of Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon and other concepts named the former Hilton executive to replace the retiring Steve DeSutter.

The 29-year-old brand is changing its name, menu and design.

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Shivram Vaideeswaran was named CMO amid management changes.

The watchdog group has filed a class action against the chain, alleging it doesn’t disclose enough about what’s in its smoothies.

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