Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company acquires Peter Piper Pizza

Peter Piper Pizza just recently went with a save redesign. The company’s initiatives will certainly be continued under CEC Entertainment.

CEC Entertainment Inc. has actually acquired the Peter Piper Pizza chain from Washington-based ACON Investments LLC for an undisclosed amount.

Irving, Texas-based CEC, includes Phoenix-based Peter Piper‘s 32 company-owned areas and 115 franchises to its portfolio of 577 Chuck E. Cheese’s. The firm strategies to keep on the Peter Piper brand along with operation of its current dining establishments and expects to implement growth initiatives to prolong the brand nationally, the firm released in a statement Thursday.

Peter Piper has actually currently begun brand-new brand strategies in recent years, including a heightened concentrate on technology and more powerful engagement along with the Hispanic community, among the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population,” said Tom Leverton, CEO of CEC. “We are eager to create on this foundation and strengthen Peter Piper‘s brand by leveraging CEC’s scale, know-how and resources.”

CEC was acquired by brand-new York-based Apollo Global Administration for $1.3 billion earlier this year. The brand-new owner attracted current CEO Tom Leverton, that left growing Dallas-based TopGolf to take the Best write-up at CEC.

Since after that Leverton has been mapping at strategies to plant the company.

Peter Piper Pizza has actually been going through a rebranding effort over the past 2 years, renovating and redesigning its stores and updating its food selection offerings.

Danielle covers technology, retail, dining establishments and hospitality for the Dallas Company Journal. Subscribe to our email newsletters.

How Arizona’s tech community helped create a Colombian technology festival

When you a plant a seed, a little nurturing most likely can easily cause one plant. In the case of a seed of an pointer planted in Arizona, it really made an entire crop half a globe away.

I lately had the pleasure of attending a Science and Technology Week outside Bogotá, Colombia, that traced its roots to the annual Arizona SciTech Festival that began in 2012 as a joint project of the Arizona Technology Council Foundation and Arizona Point out University. Our festival has actually grown in to a collection of events that blanket the Point out in February and March.

The Colombian version was held in the town of Mosquera, which has actually a population of close to 100,000.

Before you believe we simply shipped a game strategy south, you have actually to hear the backstory. It all of started As quickly as festival director Jeremy Babendure fielded an inquiry from Germán Mauricio Rodriquez Mogollon, principal of Mosquera’s Marie Curie School, which was produced as a STEM school along with the mission to educate the next generation of scientists. Rodriquez and wife Fabiola Grisales Mayorga, the school’s academic director, followed up along with site visits to Arizona — very first to attend the Flagstaff Festival of Science after that a return journey for this year’s Arizona SciTech Festival. Returning home, Grisales met along with Mosquera’s secretary of education to grab the sustain for the town’s own science fair.

What resulted was the Science and Technology Week that at some point drew concerning 8,000 students from public and private elementary and higher schools. Not rather discovering Exactly what to expect, I flew to Mosquera on behalf of the Arizona festival to witness outcomes of this worldwide outreach. It exceeded my expectations! I was amazed at exactly how much they came in a short quantity of time.

Steve Zylstra is the president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.

Mesa remains positive about Apple’s Arizona commitment

Mesa authorities are positive Apple will not bail on Arizona.

Staff along with the urban area of Mesa continue to be positive in Apple Inc.’s lasting commitment to the urban area and the point out after GT Advanced Technologies announced it was filing for bankruptcy last week and closing the Mesa plant.

A Mesa spokesman said the city’s partnership and discussions from the start have actually constantly been along with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL).

“The urban area of Mesa has actually a wonderful partnership along with Apple and continues to have actually communications along with the business about the GTAT situation,” said Steve Wright, a Mesa spokesman, in an email.

He included that the urban area remains positive concerning Apple’s commitment to make American jobs.

“We will certainly keep on to monitor and evaluate the situation,” he said in the email.

GTAT (Nasdaq: GTAT) was hired by Apple a year earlier to make sapphire glass at the Mesa plant. The supplier strategies to shut down its operations at the Mesa plant.

It’s unknown now exactly how Apple will certainly proceed and exactly what will certainly happen along with the investment gained in Mesa.

Hayley Ringle covers technology and startups for the Phoenix Company Journal.

USAA holding job fair to hire 300

Financial solutions firm USAA is looking to hire a lot more compared to 300 workers and will certainly hold a task reasonable Saturday, Oct. 25.

USAA is searching for workers to fill roles in Economic solutions and at its call center. task seekers can easily fulfill along with hiring managers to know regarding placements and take a trip of the company’s north Phoenix facility.

The USAA Phoenix campus merely hired a lot more compared to 600 workers previously this year. It was placed among Profession Builder’s best firms to job when it come to in Arizona in 2014.

The task reasonable will certainly be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. It will certainly be carried at USAA’s Phoenix campus at One Norterra Drive near to Interstate 17 and Delighted Valley Road.

Fire shuts down Starbucks, Five Guys, CVS and other CityScape businesses

Brandon Brown

CVS closed its doors Friday as a result of a electricity outage in downtown Phoenix

A little electrical fire broke out Friday early morning in CityScape cutting off the electricity and sustaining a lot of businesses closed.

Around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, Phoenix Fire Department responded to a call at the CityScape Phoenix shopping focus in downtown Phoenix. A Phoenix Fire spokesman said CityScape upkeep staff members isolated the fire and extinguished the fire prior to firefighters prior to arrived at the scene.

No one was hurt in the fire, yet some businesses may have actually been. Jimmy John’s, 5 Guys, Starbucks, Verizon, CVS, Copper Blues and Chloe’s Corner were a few of the businesses unable to operate Friday since there was no electricity. Many of the stores told potential customers that they were not open for company via hand created indications in their windows.

Only the businesses on the southwest corner of the shopping focus were afflicted by the electricity outage. Chipotle, Pizza Studio and Urban Outfitters did not gone electricity and neither did any kind of of the businesses on the east adverse of Main Avenue.

Electricians were on site assessing and repairing the problem. electricity was anticipated to be spine up Friday evening, said Jeff Moloznik, CityScape Phoenix vice president.

Brandon covers retail, restaurants, hospitality/tourism also aviation, little company and nonprofits.