The pace of fast casual pizza accelerates in 2014

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Despite a number of headwinds such as high cheese and beef prices and labor pressures, many operators remain optimistic for 2015.

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2014 on the menu: Specialty pizzas and menu overhauls

Pizza Hut wasn't the only concept to undergo a massive makeover this year; Sbarro, CiCi's, California Pizza Kitchen and Chuck E. Cheese's also all took a page from the 'Domino's playbook.'

Chuck E. Cheese's new virtual reality Ticketblaster feature

Chuck E. Cheese's teamed up with Reel FX for its Oculus Rift virtual reality content.

Pizza stocks ride Wall Street's rebound

Cheese price averages finally show some relief.

Cheese prices show no signs of letting up

After weeks of declines, wheat prices inch back up by about 30 cents.

Average wheat prices flirt with $6 mark

Stock indexes have their worst month in two years.

Bitter cold pushes natural gas prices to record highs

Wheat prices continue to drop, and Papa John's achieves lifetime high on Wall Street.

No relief for cheese prices

CEC shares reach 52-week high following news of its sale to a private equity firm.

Polar vortex weather drives up natural gas prices

Chuck E. Cheese's hits a 52-week high after rumors surface about a sale.

New Year starts off strong for Papa John's, Domino's investors

The cost of wheat continues to tumble.

Wheat prices down more than $2.50 year over year

Wall Street experiences more record highs.

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NEWS


Chuck E. Cheese's testing menu for parents

Chuck E. Cheese’s is testing a new menu in its San Antonio and Irving, Texas, restaurants that is geared toward parents. "Kids are at the heart of everything we do at Chuck E.

Chuck E. Cheese’s honors military families with free tokens

In celebration of Veterans Day, Chuck E. Cheese's will offer all US Armed Forces veterans and active-duty military members 20 free tokens from Nov.

Chuck E. Cheese's tests game-based learning program

Chuck E. Cheese's is currently testing an adaptive learning program, called Brainrush Academy, in its Los Angeles locations.

Chuck E. Cheese's acquires 147-unit Peter Piper Pizza

Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company CEC Entertainment Inc.

Chuck E. Cheese's selects new CFO

CEC Entertainment, which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese's stores, has appointed Temple Weiss as chief financial officer, effective immediately. The announcement follows a search process conducted by the board of directors to identify a CFO, which included a review of both internal and external candidates.

Chuck E. Cheese introduces play time hours for toddlers

Chuck E. Cheese announced Chuck E.'s Playtime via its social media channels. Parents can bring their toddler-aged children to any location between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday to "enjoy safe, tyke-friendly fun in a high-visibility play space," the company said.

Chuck E. Cheese’s mobile app game awards in-store ticket redemption

Chuck E. Cheese's has introduced Skate Universe, an app that lets gamers help the brand’s mouse mascot dodge obstacles at various skate parks.

Chuck E. Cheese’s selects Topgolf exec as new CEO

CEC Entertainment, parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, has named Thomas Leverton as its new CEO, effective July 23. Leverton succeeds Michael H.

Chuck E. Cheese’s brings virtual reality technology to restaurants

Chuck E. Cheese's is adding Oculus Rift technology to its Ticket Blaster game for birthday party packages.

Chuck E. Cheese's grand opening event benefits children's hospital

Chuck E. Cheese's will open its brand new 14,200-square-foot family restaurant and gaming facility at Shackleford Crossing in Little Rock, Ark., on May 5, with a fundraiser benefiting Arkansas Children's Hospital. According to the company, on grand opening day, the...

Chuck E. Cheese's hosts first video contest

To celebrate Mother's Day, Chuck E. Cheese's has introduced its first ever video contest.

Chuck E. Cheese's kicks off autism awareness campaign

Chuck E. Cheese's participated in Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue global campaign this week, kicks off April, Autism Awareness Month. According to a news release, Light It Up Blue is a global initiative that kicks off Autism Awareness Month...

Chuck E. Cheese's CEO retiring in June

CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, today announced that Michael H.

Chuck E. Cheese's new international units include coffee bars

Chuck E. Cheese's has opened new locations in Mexico City, Mexico, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of its plan to open more than 80 international franchise locations within the next six years. According to a news release, these openings bring the brand's store count outside of the U.S.

Chuck E. Cheese's Facebook page gets satirical

Chuck E. Cheese's "Special Merchandise & Tickets Team" has posted a "news release" on the brand's Facebook page, claiming that a young man has confessed to a decade-old crime at the company. The satirical post says that Tyler Ruff confessed to the 2004 squishy ball theft, which forced the S.M.A.T.

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