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Zoës Kitchen adds three new VP positions

Zoës Kitchen has made three additions to its executive leadership team, the company said.

Zoës named Archie Andrews vice president of design and construction; Allyn Taylor to the post of vice president of development; and Rachel Phillips-Luther vice president of marketing.

The 57-unit fast-casual Mediterranean chain said the new positions are part of its growth plan, which entails opening at least four new units in the first quarter.

“The completion of our executive team is a critical step in continuing to deliver industry-leading results and growing this highly differentiated fast casual concept,” said Kevin Miles, president and chief operating officer of Zoës Kitchen. “Our leadership team creates a solid foundation as the company continues to expand into new markets.”

Andrews joined Zoës Kitchen as an original owner in 1999, and became director of construction in 2007. He has led the development of more than 30 new units at the chain.

Taylor will supervise site selection of new U.S. restaurants. Previously with Panera Bread and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, he was responsible for real estate planning and management at the two brands. He served as a vice president at P.F. Chang’s.

Phillips-Luther formerly led marketing at the casual-dining Kona Grill chain. Before that he served as vice president of marketing for Champps Entertainment Inc.

Based in Birmingham, Ala., Zoës Kitchen plans to open its next new units in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Raleigh-Cary, N.C., and Columbus, Ga., markets.

Contact Marcella Veneziale at [email protected].

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