Archive for July, 2011

Bill the Butcher to open in Edmonds

July 21st, 2011

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After several store-opening delays, the CEO of Bill the Butcher says its Edmonds location will be opening within a month, which puts it in the latter half of August.

J’Amy Owens says a major announcement concerning the Seattle-based company will be announced early next week. After that, work should begin in earnest of the store’s internal construction at its Fourth Avenue South and Main Street location.

Bill the Butcher, which sells organic and natural grass-fed meats, originally planned to open the Edmonds store in February. But that was delayed when construction teams were taken out of Edmonds to work on the company’s commissary in Seattle’s Sodo district.

The new opening was then put at late May or early June.

In other news, Bill the Butcher on Wednesday hired Timothy McMullen as director of operations. According to a news release, McMullen brings a lifetime of work that includes being a partner in multi-unit food franchise and owner of wholesale food distribution that serviced produce to wholesale markets and fine dining establishments.

McMullen was brought in to help the company with its national rollout of stores. Owens has said that she wants Bill the Butcher to be to meat what Starbucks is to coffee.

“I wanted to join Bill the Butcher because I could not believe what they had accomplished in under two years,” McMullen said in the release. “With six stores already operating and three more under construction, and a 5,000-square-foot commissary, I was impressed with the speed of growth and believe that my own multi-unit retail food systems and wholesale food distribution experience could help the national roll out.”

“Tim has a linear, analytical way of thinking and is also terrific with people,” said Owen. “Our butchers have welcomed him as their new boss and I frankly am thrilled to have Tim on board to run our operations.”

The Edmonds location is Bill the Butcher’s first location in Snohomish County. There are six locations in King County: Woodinville, Redmond and Bellevue, as well as three in the Seattle communities of Laurelhurst, Magnolia and Madison Valley. The company also plans to open a location in Wallingford in the near future.

Bill the Butcher was founded in 2009 by Owens and William von Schnedau. The first location, Woodinville, opened in August 2009.

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Zeeks Pizza to Open Redmond Location

July 13th, 2011

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Rendering of the new Zeeks Pizza location in Redmond, slated to be open in late August or early September.

Seattle-based Zeeks Pizza is preparing to launch its 10th store in the Red 160 apartment complex at 16015 Cleveland Street in Redmond.

Interior construction is under way at the location, and it is slated to open in late August or early September, said Danielle Zarella, a spokeswoman representing the pizza company.

At 3,800 square feet, the store will be one of Zeeks’ larger locations and will accommodate up to 145 people, not including the large patio.

Zarella says Zeeks has been popular on the Eastside, and Redmond has been one of its target locations for expansion. She said the company was pleased to find a spot near Trader Joes and other commercial activity, and to have room for a full bar in addition to the restaurant’s dine-in and delivery service.

The new store will employ between 18 and 24 people full time, and as many as 40 people overall, depending on demand once the restaurant is open.

Doug McClure and Tom Vial founded Zeeks and own most of the company’s 10 locations, including the planned Redmond Zeeks, though a franchise location opened in Bellevue in October 2010 and there is another franchise location in Issaquah.

Zeeks serves a variety of pizzas with catchy names, such as the “Quentin Florentino,” which includes goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, spinach, parmesan, and an olive oil glaze. It also sells salads and starter dishes in single or party sizes.

Zarella said the new location will emphasize both dine-in and delivery services, and will have two centralized call centers for delivery orders, as well as online ordering.

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