The Gray Cat Learning Series

Fifteen (15) hands-on, business training courses each ranging from 25-to-90 minutes in length


The World has Changed, has your Store? 

One of the most important, yet biggest challenges facing a retailer is creating a new store vision for your chain, while simultaneously running your day-to-day business.  There are only so many resources to go around and carving out the strategic time to not only manage the process, but also actually create a new store vision is daunting.  


Product Expansion; Service Improvements; Technology Enhancements; and a Fresh Store Design

This course helps you better understand the elements of consideration for a new store.

Watch A Clip of the Store-of-the-Future Course

Game-Changing Strategies for Retailers

This book walks readers through the key elements of founding, maintaining, and growing a business and demonstrates the importance of business planning; and the intricacies of daily operations, merchandising, marketing, real estate, and capital management.

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"I worked with John on the Store Development team at Clark Retail & White Hen. John’s extensive knowledge coupled with his interpersonal, organizational and communication skills make him a results-driven visionary who thinks out of the box and brings out the best in those he works with by encouraging them to do so as well."

Don Kubiak - Former Project Manager, Clark Retail Enterprises


“Global Partners LP engaged the collective team of Gray Cat Enterprises, RossCo and Kraido to form and drive Project Renaissance to a successful outcome. 

Project Renaissance included a thorough, multi-disciplined effort that encompassed the contributions of operations, marketing, branding, merchandising and facilities management under a strategic umbrella with a common goal. 

The process delivered the overall strategic design, process and implementation for new store builds, raze-and-rebuilds and remodels.”  

Mark Cosenza - SVP, Global Partners


"“The new store went from ideation to opening over a period of 36 months. When we started the project, it was just a concept, and Gray Cat Enterprises led the site layout, operations and menu planning.  The facility incorporates best practices from leading companies within the convenience and restaurant industries. Our product selection and menu were developed to meet both current and emerging consumer trends.”

Greg Ehrlich President & COO, Beck Suppliers

John Matthews - President & CEO, Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc.

John Matthews is the Founder and President of Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc. a Raleigh, NC-based management consulting company. Gray Cat specializes in strategic project management and consulting for multi-unit operations; interim executive management; and strategic planning. Mr. Matthews has over 30 years of senior-level executive experience in the retail industry, involving three dynamic multi-unit companies. Mr. Matthews experience includes President of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches; Vice President of Marketing, Merchandising, Corporate Communications, Facilities and Real Estate for Clark Retail Enterprises/White Hen Pantry; and National Marketing Director at Little Caesar's Pizza! Pizza!