Street Fighter IV DLC Detailed

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Ready to plunk down your $60 when Street Fighter IV on the 360 launches? Of course you are. However, are you aware that’s not quite enough money? Not long after launch, fans can expect multiple DLC costume packs. Released in expensive sets running 320 MS Points a shot, you’ll eventually be able to secure one new suit for each fighter. If you wait a bit, all costumes will be available in a single pack for 1,000 MS Points, which is still far from a bargain.

If costumes make you yawn, then the Championship Mode will interest you, especially since it’s free. This offers tournament style play, in addition to letting players check out replays of high-ranking fighters who are surely better than you.

DOMINO’S CEO CHOICE RAISES QUESTION: CAN HE DELIVER?

Crain’s Detroit Business March 15, 1999 | KOSDROSKY, TERRY The new owners of Domino’s Pizza Inc. reached outside of the pizza and restaurant business to find a new leader for the world’s No. 2 pizza chain.

Former Valassis Communications Inc. President and CEO David Brandon calls the shots at Ann Arbor-based Domino’s starting today.

He replaces Domino’s founder Thomas Monaghan, who retired in September 1998 by selling most of the privately owned stock to Boston-based Bain Capital Inc. Domino’s announced on Friday Brandon’s appointment as chairman and CEO.

Brandon left Valassis in the spring of 1998, taking a $6 million compensation package. Valassis, based in Livonia, prints and publishes coupons and newspaper advertising inserts and reported $741.4 million in 1998 revenue. see here dominos coupon codes

The hiring puzzled some in the industry, since Brandon has no experience in the pizza, restaurant or food service industries.

“I’m very surprised they would select someone without extensive food service experience,” said Don Boroian, chairman of Olympia Fields, Ill.-based franchise consulting firm Francorp. “They’re locked in a battle with Pizza Hut and Papa John’s. It’s hand-to-hand combat for minute percentage points in market share and sales. Going outside the industry, I think, is risky.” An employee at rival Little Caesar Enterprises Inc. said most thought Bain would hire somebody from Domino’s management ranks.

“The word was it was going to be someone from the inside,” said the employee, who didn’t want to be identified.

Brandon said his background in distribution, advertising and promotions is what Domino’s needs. He often dealt with restaurant companies and Domino’s franchisees at Valassis.

“The cornerstone of this business is operations,” Brandon said. “Domino’s knows how to deliver supplies to stores and runs stores that deliver pizza fast and hot. They learned how to do this better than anybody. I’m very familiar with distribution and operations. I’ve been in packaged goods and marketing for 25 years.” Domino’s going public is a “distinct possibility,” said Brandon, who ran a public company, Valassis (NYSE: VCI), from 1989 to 1998.

His immediate concern is building more stores. Brandon said he plans to use Domino’s frequent television advertising, sales figures and its image as the delivery leader to find more franchisees to open stores.

Domino’s reported $3.2 billion in systemwide sales in 1997. Tim McIntyre, Domino’s vice president of corporate communications, said 1998 will show about a 5 percent gain. Domino’s has 6,250 stores worldwide.

The pizza company concentrated on international growth during the past two years and has stores in 65 countries outside the United States. Brandon said it’s time to find countries with the most expansion potential. website dominos coupon codes

He’ll keep Domino’s senior management intact, he said.

“One of the fortunate things I have is that this is not a company that’s broken or there’s something wrong with it,” Brandon said. “I’m in a position where I don’t have to lead a revolution of change.” The Domino’s system has about 1,700 franchisees. How Brandon deals with them is an important factor in how fast he can expand the company, said Geoffrey Stebbins, president of World Franchise Consultants Inc. in Southfield.

“Corporations are not like franchise operations,” he said. “You have to rule through political motivation, not direct legislation. If he doesn’t have that franchise expertise, he’d better surround himself with good franchise people.” Brandon said he was contacted by Heidrick & Struggles Inc., a corporate headhunting agency based in Chicago that ran the search for Bain Capital.

“I achieved all of my objectives at Valassis, and I set a goal that I wanted to get back into business and be leader of a company,” he said. “But that company had to be special and one that pushed me.” KOSDROSKY, TERRY