Very important person, business.
 ► “With dreams of success like that of such heavy hitters as Boston Market and Au Bon Pain, several local Boston-area operators are doggedly fine-tuning their privately held concepts and hunting for suitable real estate in the quest for growth.” (Nation’s Restaurant News, July 31, 1995, p. 3)

American business jargon. 2014.

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