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  • Roy Rogers Announces Cleves As First Location Of Greater Cincinnati 10-Unit Deal
    ( - 5/20/2022)
  • Roy Rogers Restaurants officially announces Cleves, Ohio, as the first location of its 10-unit deal with One Holland Corporation, an outstanding operator of multiple local concepts.  (full story)

  • Tupelo Honey's Sweet Ascent is Just Getting Started
    ( - 5/19/2022)
  • Founded 22 years ago in Asheville, North Carolina, the Southern-centric brand has spread to 18 locations with three fresh markets on deck for this year (Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio). In fact, ever since current owner Steve Frabitore acquired Tupelo Honey in 2008 when it had two stores, the concept webbed out instead of sticking to concentric growth.  (full story)

  • The Site Selection Process Has Changed
    ( - 5/19/2022)
  • Surprisingly, and despite popular belief, there is not an abundance of retail or restaurant space available. Construction took a downturn with the economy. And with investment in nonresidential structures declining, new structures ready for fast-casual restaurants are increasingly hard to find.  (full story)

  • Starbucks second-quarter income jumps on strong US business
    ( - 5/19/2022)
  • The company opened 313 net new stores in the second quarter, ending the period with 51 per cent company-operated cafes and 49 per cent licensed stores...  (full story)

  • With Q1 sales up, Sprouts continues focus on new products to grow basket size
    ( - 5/19/2022)
  • Sprouts opened six stores during the first quarter and plans to open between 15 and 20 this year, Sinclair said. The company currently operates 374 stores throughout the United States...  (full story)

  • Tina Gantz appointed vice president of franchise development for District Taco restaurant chain
    ( - 5/18/2022)
  • Mexican food restaurant chain District Taco is preparing to expand their successful restaurant business by offering franchise opportunities within the next year.  (full story)

  • Chicken Salad Chick Signs 5-Unit Deal in New Mexico
    ( - 5/18/2022)
  • The New Mexico agreement covers territories across Albuquerque and Santa Fe, targeting the neighborhoods of Far Northeast Heights, Winrock and Rio Rancho. Sanchez and Murray plan to open the first of the five locations by the end of 2022, with the other four to follow over the next three and a half years.  (full story)

  • Big Blue Swim School Inks Deals to Open 15 Swim Schools in Philadelphia and New Jersey
    ( - 5/18/2022)
  • Big Blue’s newest franchise partners include Badr Kayali, who will open five units in Philadelphia, Erica, Keith, and Kristy Kowal, who have plans for five in Philadelphia and South New Jersey; and Jamey and Julia Holmes round out the region with five units in Central New Jersey.  (full story)

  • Aussie retailer Cotton On Group to open 17 stores with Macerich; here’s where
    ( - 5/17/2022)
  • Cotton On Group will open 17 stores will in Macerich regional town centers across the U.S. in 2022 and 2023. The openings are in addition to the 12 Cotton On stores already open within Macerich's portfolio.  (full story)

  • The Container Store Group, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results
    ( - 5/17/2022)
  • "We are excited to return to store growth with a plan to open two new stores in fiscal 2022, and a plan for an additional 74 new stores by fiscal 2027. This growth coupled with our more productive store base, and disciplined expense management is expected to result in low double digit operating margins over time as inflationary headwinds abate."  (full story)

  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Debuts in North and South Dakota With Two Restaurant Openings
    ( - 5/17/2022)
  • Canada-based BOTL International, a franchisee group new to the brand that is set to build three additional locations in North Dakota. In South Dakota, existing Freddy's franchisee, TR Hospitality Group, is leading the charge for Freddy's development in the state and plans to bring three new restaurants in Rapid City.  (full story)

  • Shipley Do-Nuts Signs Multi-Unit Deal For Maryland Market Entry
    ( - 5/17/2022)
  • Mid-Atlantic Do-Nuts LLC, led by cousins Brian Lemek Jr. and John Egan, plans to open Maryland’s first Shipley in Odenton in Q4 2022 and grow the brand’s Maryland footprint from there. They first learned about Shipley while researching franchising opportunities and headed to Texas to try the do-nuts.  (full story)

  • BurgerFi 'Very Encouraged' by Unit Growth after Soft Year
    ( - 5/17/2022)
  • For 2022, the estimate is more conservative at 15-20 units, and solid progress has been made thus far. In the first quarter, BurgerFi opened six stores—three corporate and three franchises. CEO Ian Baines said the team is “very encouraged” by the strong start and the chain is “well-positioned to meet our new unit opening projections.”  (full story)

  • Mountain Mike’s Pizza expanding in Texas
    ( - 5/17/2022)
  • Steve Zeigler, a multi-unit Jersey Mike's franchisee, will bring three restaurants to the region, as will brothers Robby and Varinder Basati. Robby Basati is Mountain Mike's largest franchisee in California.  (full story)

  • F45 Training Reports 175 Percent Increase in Q1 2022 Revenue
    ( - 5/17/2022)
  • The company sold 706 new full fee-paying franchises during the quarter, which will provide a bridge to 1,500 new franchises sold for the full year (up from 1,000). Net initial studio openings totaled 117 for the quarter.  (full story)

  • Freebirds World Burrito Unveils New Prototype
    ( - 5/17/2022)
  • Freebirds is poised to grow at least 20% each year, with 10 new locations opening in 2022. In 2021, Freebirds refreshed every store in its network with updated interiors, murals, and seating, patio and lighting enhancements. These new prototypes take things even further.  (full story)

  • Jim 'N Nick's Converts Restaurant to Quick-Casual Dining
    ( - 5/17/2022)
  • The Franklin location’s conversion to a quick-casual dining style is one of the first steps in a larger company-wide initiative to convert more JNN locations to quick-casual dining. Additionally, the growing brand plans to open 10 new locations over the next 18 months.  (full story)

  • Club Champion Opens 100th Fitting Studio
    ( - 5/16/2022)
  • Club Champion opened its 100th fitting studio and said it’s on track to have 115 studios worldwide by the end of 2022. Each fitting studio houses over 50,000 hittable head and shaft combinations from over 60 golf manufacturers.  (full story)

  • Schlotzsky's Opens First Design 1000 Prototype in Oklahoma City
    ( - 5/16/2022)
  • Today, with 323 restaurants in 24 states and more on the way, Schlotzsky's is in the midst of aggressive expansion through conversions and new construction. Franchise opportunities remain in markets across the U.S., including Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and other key markets in the Midwest and Southeast.  (full story)

  • Pollo Campero Enters 2022 With Plans to Sign 18 New Franchises and Build 18 New Restaurants
    ( - 5/16/2022)
  • Now, the Guatemalan-born brand is kicking off 2022, accelerating the signing of new franchise deals in markets across the U.S., starting with Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona, North Florida and Las Vegas.  (full story)

  • Adam & Eve Franchise Corporation Celebrates Milestone Year and Continued Market Expansion
    ( - 5/13/2022)
  • "This expansion not only includes crossing the 100-store mark with the help of key franchise operators like Ben Woodard, but also the collective group of stores which will add four locations by June and is projected to grow 20 percent in 2022."  (full story)

  • Dave’s Hot Chicken to Open Six Stores in Twin Cities Area
    ( - 5/13/2022)
  • Dave’s Hot Chicken announced it has inked a franchise agreement with experienced multi-unit restaurant operator, Michael McGuire to open six locations around the Twin Cities area, specifically in Apple Valley, Rosemount, Edina, Bloomington and Lakeville.  (full story)

  • Costco Reveals a Slew of New Store Openings
    ( - 5/13/2022)
  • As many as 28 new Costco stores are set to open throughout the rest of this year, with nearly a dozen cutting the ribbon in a matter of months. First up on the grocer’s list is its newest location in Utah, which opens later this month on May 19.  (full story)

  • BlackRock-backed Eastwood Capital to Open 70 Retro Fitness Gyms in Communities of Color
    ( - 5/13/2022)
  • James Collins is the first franchisee to invest in Retro Fitness as part of Project Lift, with his Eastwood Capital Partners signing a deal to open up to 70 gyms in communities of color in the Dallas, Houston and Southeast Florida markets.  (full story)

  • Canadian retailer Showcase to open 27 U.S. stores by end of summer
    ( - 5/13/2022)
  • To support its U.S. stores, Showcase has opened a 147,000 sq. ft distribution in New York. Additional store openings in 2022 will be announced in the upcoming months.  (full story)

  • A Texas salad brand with a location in Charlotte plans to expand into the Triangle
    ( - 5/13/2022)
  • Houston’s Salata salad bar chain plans to open more than a dozen locations in the coming years, said Julie Davis, a VP of franchise development for the brand. Davis said the recent boom in the Triangle, with tech giants and major developments moving in, attracted the salad brand to the market.  (full story)

  • A popular chicken restaurant chain will be opening several new locations in Ohio soon
    ( - 5/13/2022)
  • The restaurant chain is Bojangles and it plans to open 10 new locations across Northeast Ohio. They also plan to open 15 new locations in the Columbus area.  (full story)

  • The Kent Cos. Sets Sights on New Market Growth
    ( - 5/13/2022)
  • Kent was attracted to Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina as markets of operation because they are similar to Texas in terms of business policies, including low taxation and regulation. As The Kent Cos. continues to set its sights on future growth, it’s open to additional operating areas.  (full story)

  • The Lost Cajun Acquired by Investment Firm Executive Decisions Group
    ( - 5/13/2022)
  • The founder felt EDGI's relationship to Summa offered The Lost Cajun an opportunity to expand, but also preserve what made the concept authentic. Griffin will remain with Happy Cajun Hospitality as an advisor and consultant for The Lost Cajun.  (full story)

  • Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Results
    ( - 5/12/2022)
  • The Company opened 11 new stores bringing its total store count to 300...For the fiscal year ending April 1, 2023 the Company expects to open 40 new stores...  (full story)

  • Woworks acquires Barberitos and Zoup Eatery
    ( - 5/12/2022)
  • As a result of these acquisitions, Centre Lane Partners, LLC-owned WOWorks now has six brands and 400 total restaurants in its portfolio.  (full story)

  • Best Buy to double outlet store count; four upcoming locations announced
    ( - 5/11/2022)
  • The retailer will open four outlet stores this summer and fall, in Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, and Manassas, Va. The openings are part of Best Buy’s plan to double its outlet store count during the next year, expanding from its current 16 locations to 32.  (full story)

  • The Dog Stop Secures Franchise Agreements for 12 New Locations in First Quarter of 2022
    ( - 5/11/2022)
  • “We are blown away by the success we’ve had so far this year” said Jesse Coslov, CEO and Co-Founder of The Dog Stop. “The response to our existing stores has been positive and we can’t wait to open these new locations to show more dogs and their owners what The Dog Stop difference is all about.”  (full story)

  • Phenix Salon Suites Ignites Domestic Development
    ( - 5/11/2022)
  • Phenix Salon Suites, the leading salon suites franchise turned international trailblazer, is exploding with multi-unit development, signing multiple agreements to develop 37 units in the first four months of 2022.  (full story)

  • Bonchon Signs Agreement to Grow in Los Angeles Area
    ( - 5/11/2022)
  • Kenneth Park is the entrepreneur leading the charge on the development of these Korean fried chicken restaurants, with the first location slated to open in early 2023.  (full story)

  • Puttshack Inks Agreement to Open in Dallas
    ( - 5/11/2022)
  • New locations are opening this summer in Boston and Miami, followed by Denver, Houston, Scottsdale, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Nashville and its second Atlanta location into 2023.  (full story)

  • Crisp & Green Preps for Growth Into Florida
    ( - 5/10/2022)
  • Steele Brands, a Minnesota-based company developing healthy lifestyle brands, announced that its Crisp & Green brand is opening five locations in Central and Southwest Florida this spring and summer and a total of 30 locations statewide over the next two years.  (full story)

  • Clean Juice Signs 200th Store
    ( - 5/10/2022)
  • Clean Juice, announced the signing of the brand’s 200th unit in less than seven years of franchising. The honor of the brand’s 200th store was awarded to the Shango family who will open three locations in Michigan beginning with the first in Grand Blanc, MI.  (full story)

  • Bakers Square to triple in size this year under new owner
    ( - 5/10/2022)
  • Bakers Square currently has 18 locations, or five more than it had when BBQ added it to the fold. But the company expects that number to balloon to 55 by the end of the year, according to an SEC filing.  (full story)

  • Fazoli’s Strikes 13 Franchise Area Development Agreements in Q1, Sets Sights on 250-Unit Benchmark
    ( - 5/10/2022)
  • The agreements include three new territories in Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania, as well as plans to open additional units in existing markets — Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas.  (full story)

  • Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s to undergo $500 million brand transformation
    ( - 5/10/2022)
  • He said he expects renovations at 500 locations to be carried out within the next 12 months, including 80% of company-owned restaurants. That includes new signage, brand statement elements, lighting, bathrooms, subway tiling, parking lots, tables and chairs as well as the new menu boards.  (full story)

  • Chopt Unveils New Sustainable Restaurant Design
    ( - 5/9/2022)
  • At 1,912 square feet, Ballston seats 16 guests total, 10 at the bar with views of the salad making station and six in a large booth.  (full story)

  • Yolk’s breakfast-all-day model has served it well during the pandemic
    ( - 5/9/2022)
  • The Burr Ridge location is standard at 4,500 square feet and seats about 175 people inside and 45 people outside. Unique to this location is a walk-up coffee bar accessible from both the interior and exterior of the unit. This year, Yolk plans to open two more South Florida units and another in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.  (full story)

  • Party City Reports First Quarter 2022 Results and Updates 2022 Business Outlook
    ( - 5/9/2022)
  • The total number of corporate Party City stores was 759 as of March 31, 2022 compared to 751 in the prior year period...  (full story)

  • Ellianos Coffee Inks Two-Unit Deal in Northeast Florida
    ( - 5/9/2022)
  • The popular coffee drive-thru brand already has a foothold in the Jacksonville market, with one store currently operating on Lane Avenue and another in Orange Park off Blanding Boulevard. There are also several store agreements in the pipeline for the Jacksonville market, all planned to open within the coming years.  (full story)

  • The Dog Stop Hits Milestone with First Location on the West Coast
    ( - 5/9/2022)
  • The Dog Stop is expanding its presence on the West Coast for the first time starting in Seattle. The Dog Stop’s new location will be located at 18001 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bldg C, Suite 116 in Millcreek, and will be owned and operated by local resident, Kalis Sathappan, and his wife, Maanu Muthu.  (full story)

  • Charleys Philly Steaks Opens 700th Location
    ( - 5/9/2022)
  • “Reaching 700 locations is just the beginning,” says Charleys President, Candra Alisiswanto. “Our fans are craving more locations, and our franchisees are excited about growth. We’re looking forward to our next big milestone of 1,000 locations.”  (full story)

  • On the Border Preps for Franchise Expansion
    ( - 5/9/2022)
  • The current franchise pipeline for the Mexican casual dining chain includes more than 10 locations in various stages of development. Additionally, new units are planned for Denver and Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.  (full story)

  • Bombshells Restaurant & Bar Signs Deal to Grow in Alabama
    ( - 5/6/2022)
  • RCI Hospitality Holdings announced the signing of the second franchise development agreement for Bombshells Restaurant & Bar. Terms call for the opening of three locations over five years in Alabama, the first being in Huntsville.  (full story)

  • RCI Announces Bombshells Franchise Agreement for the State of Alabama
    ( - 5/6/2022)
  • RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc. today announced the signing of the second franchise development agreement for Bombshells Restaurant & Bar. Terms call for the opening of three locations over five years in Alabama, the first being in Huntsville.  (full story)


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