4 teams to play in WhataGames
Teams from four of Oklahoma's Whataburger restaurants were named semifinalists in the restaurant chain's biennial WhataGames competition. The Olympic-style event tests workers in operations, corporate history and customer service. The 100 semifinalists were chosen from more than 740 restaurants in 10 states. The pool of teams will be narrowed to 21, with those teams eligible to compete in the WhataGames finals in Grapevine, Texas, in April. The champion receives a gold medal and $165,000 in cash prizes. Oklahoma semifinalists include the restaurants at 2201 NW Cache Rd. in Lawton, 5315 N May and 5832 NW 36 in Oklahoma City, and 2701 S Memorial in Tulsa.
A Flower Place opens new site
EDMOND — A Flower Place has a new location at 1333 N Santa Fe, Suite 117. The Edmond florist, which opened in 2001, is owned by Celia Collins and Jan Polhemus, both certified Oklahoma master florists. The new location features a large selection of gifts and an event venue, which can be reserved for parties. Formerly, the business was located inside the Crest Foods at N Santa Fe and W 15.
Wendy's reports profits
DUBLIN, Ohio — Wendy's new value menu and focus on premium burgers helped its fiscal fourth-quarter net income top Wall Street expectations, the hamburger chain said Thursday. Results show Wendy's push to position itself on the higher end of the fast-food pecking order in terms of quality seems to have gained some traction. Wendy's has also begun revamping restaurants with a modern look with causal seating areas more reminiscent of fast-casual chains such as Panera Bread Co. Wendy's net income jumped to $22.4 million, or 6 cents per share, for the three months ended Dec. 30. That's up sharply from $4 million, or 1 cent per share, a year earlier. The current quarter's results included a tax benefit, lower interest expense and a sharp rise in investment income. Removing impairment charges, facility relocation costs and other items, adjusted earnings were 8 cents per share. Revenue increased 2 percent to $629.9 million from $615 million.
From staff and wire reports