Organic Squeeze offers samples
Organic Squeeze, a new juice and smoothie bar in Nichols Hills, will offer free samples 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The shop is at 6434 Avondale Drive in the Nichols Hills Plaza shopping center. Organic Squeeze serves juices and smoothies made fresh daily with organic produce.
Hungry Howie's comes to Del City
Michigan-based chain Hungry Howie's Pizza will open its first location in the Oklahoma City metro area at 5501 Main Street No. 106 in Del City on Jan. 15. Franchisees Aaron Miller and Russell Lee operate a Hungry Howie's location in Tulsa, making the Del City location their second restaurant. Beginning with a single restaurant in Taylor, Mich., in 1973, Hungry Howie's has more than 545 locations in 21 states, according to the company website.
Forward Foods closes in OKC
Gourmet retailer Forward Foods closed its Oklahoma City location at 5123 N Western Ave. on Dec. 29 after three and a half years. The Norman location, at 2001 W Main, is still open. Forward Foods owners said in an announcement on their website that a new Oklahoma City area Forward Foods projection could soon be on the horizon. “We have no intention of permanently leaving our beloved OKC customers and friends, and we look forward to sharing our plans to bring the world's best cheeses and handmade foods to the people of the 405,” Forward Foods said in the announcement.
Retailer going out of business
NEW YORK — Loehmann's, a discount retailer which traces its roots back more than 90 years, says it will begin liquidating inventory Thursday. The New York-based retailer tried unsuccessfully to sell its business in November and filed for bankruptcy protection in December, citing limited access to capital and increased competition in the off-price retail niche. It was the company's third bankruptcy filing. Loehmann's said Wednesday that a U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved plans for a group of outside firms to conduct “Going Out of Business” sales at each of its 39 stores in 11 states. The sales will include the liquidation of more than $65 million of inventory, according to the company.
Barnes & Noble promotes exec
NEW YORK — Book seller Barnes & Noble has promoted the head of its Nook business to chief executive of company. The company says Michael Huseby will take the role immediately. The post has been vacant since June when CEO William Lynch left the company. And it comes after the busy holiday season that can account for up to 40 percent of a retailer's sales. Huseby will take the helm of the New York company as it struggles to turn around results in the face of tough competition and a book market shifting to digital books. The company also is dealing with an SEC accounting inquiry. Huseby joined Barnes & Noble as chief financial officer in 2012 and was promoted to president of the company and CEO of Nook Media in 2013.
From Staff and Wire Reports