Cracker Barrel Acquires Maple Street Biscuit for $36 Million

Jacksonville, Fla. — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has acquired Maple Street Biscuit Co. for $36 million in an all-cash deal. Maple Street’s portfolio comprised 28 company-owned and five franchise-owned restaurants in seven states at the time of sale.

Arby’s Parent Company to Acquire Jimmy John’s

Atlanta and Champaign, Ill. — Inspire Brands Inc., the parent company of Arby’s, has agreed to acquire Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Terms of the transaction, expected to close by the end of October, were not disclosed. The Jimmy John’s Board

Envoy Heads Joint Venture to Fund Commercial Construction Projects

Chicago — Envoy Net Lease Partners has formed a joint venture with an unnamed partner to fund development projects of commercial, industrial, office and net-lease properties nationwide. The partner is backed by more than $10 billion in assets, allowing Envoy

Le Tote Agrees to Buy Lord + Taylor for $100 Million

Toronto — Le Tote, a fashion rental subscription service, has agreed to buy Hudson’s Bay Co.’s (HBC) Lord + Taylor brand for $100 million. Le Tote will pay Toronto-based HBC $75 million in cash upon closing as well as a

Pizza Hut to Close 500 Stores Over Next 24 Months

Louisville, Ky. — Pizza Hut will close as many as 500 dine-in stores over the next 24 months as part of a broader strategy to bolster its delivery and carryout services, company executives said during the second-quarter earnings call. Food

Walgreens to Close 200 Stores Nationwide

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens plans to close approximately 200 stores across the U.S. starting this fall as part of a cost-management program. Specific store locations have not been disclosed, but the new closures represent less than 3 percent of Walgreens’