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  • Convenience Drives MOOYAH Into the Post-Pandemic Future
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/15/2021)
  • Initially, it was likely a 2022 project for MOOYAH. But thanks to COVID’s acceleration, MOOYAH plans to bring the first to market later this year, with two or three, potentially even four, open by the time the chain enters its fiscal Q4.  (full story)

  • uBreakiFix Announces Strong Q1 Growth with 31 New Store Openings
    (franchising.com - 4/15/2021)
  • Leading tech repair provider uBreakiFix celebrated 31 new store openings in the first quarter of 2021, more than doubling last year’s Q1 growth as demand for electronics repair continues to surge.  (full story)

  • Fastest Labs Makes Mark in Utah with Major Multi-Unit Franchise Deal
    (franchising.com - 4/15/2021)
  • Along with this new addition, owner Stephen Collings has inked four territories throughout Sandy Utah County with plans to open and develop a new location each year in the next 4-5 years.  (full story)

  • Fast Casual Chain Meatheads Declares Bankruptcy
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 4/14/2021)
  • The chain, which lists 13 locations around the Chicago area on its website, filed for Chapter 11 protection in the Northern District of Illinois on Friday, as did its owner Crave Brands, LLC.  (full story)

  • Colorado’s first Whataburger is set to open this year in Colorado Springs
    (fox21news.com - 4/14/2021)
  • Whataburger said more Colorado restaurants are planned for 2022, but exact locations have not yet been announced.  (full story)

  • Miami Grill Announces Return To Houston With Two New Locations Slated For Spring of 2021
    (restaurantnews.com - 4/14/2021)
  • Miami Grill is looking to expand and is seeking single and multi-unit franchise partners in the Houston Market.  (full story)

  • Crave Hot Dogs and BBQ Expands Into California!
    (restaurantnews.com - 4/14/2021)
  • "When we spoke with Dan and Lisbeth, we knew they had the drive and passion needed to be a Crave Franchisee. After visiting a few locations and talking with other franchisees, we are honored they have chosen to be a part of the Crave Family."  (full story)

  • L Catterton To Acquire West Marine
    (sgbonline.com - 4/14/2021)
  • L Catterton announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement under which L Catterton will acquire a controlling interest in West Marine from Monomoy Capital Partners.  (full story)

  • PrimoHoagies Continues Momentum with 15 New Locations Signed
    (franchising.com - 4/13/2021)
  • Through these new stores, the brand will increase its presence across Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, and South Carolina, and will introduce the brand to residents of North Carolina.  (full story)

  • El Pollo Loco Plots Expansion in Texas
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/13/2021)
  • The brand, which has restaurants operating in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley, is looking to add franchisees in markets like El Paso, Lubbock, Corpus Christi, and Odessa/Midland.  (full story)

  • Smoothie King Keeps Momentum Going in 2021
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/13/2021)
  • The chain experienced a record-breaking 18 percent same-store sales increase year-over-year for the first quarter, received 24 signed franchise agreements to develop 71 stores, and welcomed nine franchisees into the system.  (full story)

  • Fajita Pete's Opens 20th Location and First Outside Texas
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/13/2021)
  • Fajita Pete’s, founded in Houston in 2008, is poised to open at least 12 other new locations in 2021 and has agreements in place to open 30 new restaurants in Texas, Kansas and Colorado over the next two years.  (full story)

  • 2020 Established Shuckin’ Shack as a Uniquely Resilient Franchise
    (restaurantnews.com - 4/13/2021)
  • Today, Shuckin’ Shack has grown to 16 locations across five states, and soon to be six, with several more locations slated to open by the end of 2021.  (full story)

  • Under New Ownership, Duck Donuts Readies for Explosive Growth
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/13/2021)
  • It’s on track to open 25 to 30 locations this year. After that, Duck Donuts expects to debut about 50 per year to cross the 300 threshold.  (full story)

  • Ynot Italian to Expand Across the Southeast
    (fsrmagazine.com - 4/12/2021)
  • Ynot Italian expects to open three new units this year and, starting next year, develop as many as two full-scale restaurants and five to 10 express units annually.  (full story)

  • PGA Tour Superstore Announces Five New Locations
    (sgbonline.com - 4/12/2021)
  • PGA Tour Superstore announced plans to open at least five new stores in 2021. The new locations are slated to open in New York, Texas and Virginia.  (full story)

  • Another Broken Egg Cafe Accelerates Franchise Development and Nationwide Presence
    (businesswire.com - 4/12/2021)
  • Leader in breakfast, brunch and lunch signs development agreements to open 14 new restaurants with up to 14 additional openings planned this year.  (full story)

  • The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill Announces a Multi-Unit East and West Coast Deal
    (restaurantnews.com - 4/12/2021)
  • Under the agreement, western markets may include the coastal states, along with Arizona while eastern markets may include select cities in Florida, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee and the cities of Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York City.  (full story)

  • RaceTrac Focuses on Growing Its Number of Travel Center Locations
    (csnews.com - 4/9/2021)
  • "In addition to Forest Park, we have six additional travel center locations opening in 2021 across the Southeast and many more planned for 2022 and beyond."  (full story)

  • Amazon to open its first grocery stores on the East Coast
    (cnbc.com - 4/9/2021)
  • Amazon plans to open four grocery stores on the East Coast, the company confirmed Thursday. Amazon opened its first Fresh grocery store in California in September and it has since expanded rapidly.  (full story)

  • Gong Cha Continues To Hit New York By Storm With New Stores
    (openpr.com - 4/9/2021)
  • "In 2020 only, we opened 2230 new franchises across the world, as well as 36 different locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico."  (full story)

  • 7-Eleven Opens Evolution Store in Prosper, Texas
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/9/2021)
  • Already this year, the retailer has opened two of the new concept stores in North Texas, with more planned nationwide in 2021. 7-Eleven opened four Evolution Stores last year in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Diego and Dallas.  (full story)

  • Crust Pizza Co. Signs 4 Lease Deals in Texas and Louisiana
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/9/2021)
  • In addition to the new Kingwood, Spring, Moss Bluff and Lafayette locations, Crust Pizza Co. is slated to open five more locations across the Greater Houston Area and Louisiana, almost doubling its footprint across the two states.  (full story)

  • Kent Cos. Acquires 6 C-Stores
    (cspdailynews.com - 4/8/2021)
  • In addition, the company has three new Kent Kwiks under construction, along with a new Kent Lube Fast Oil Change Center, two new Huddle House restaurants, one new Rustic Café and two new Kent car washes.   (full story)

  • Hammer & Nails Grooming Shop for Men Heads into 2021 with Style
    (franchising.com - 4/8/2021)
  • Most notably, was a 2020 agreement the brand signed in Florida, in which area developer and finance and operations executive Rick Sander, will bring 17 locations to Florida’s Gulf Coast, with plans to open two of his own locations in Naples.  (full story)

  • Scenthound Ignites Franchise Growth with Impressive Start in 2021
    (prnewswire.com - 4/7/2021)
  • Scenthound plans to open six additional locations by Q2 of this year bringing the total to 16 locations, a 167% increase!  (full story)

  • Roti Plans To Permanently Close A Third Of Its Restaurants
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 4/7/2021)
  • It plans to reopen another 14 or so locations during the year, as conditions dictate, while shuttering the remaining 14 units.  (full story)

  • How Velvet Taco Is Getting Creative With Real Estate
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 4/7/2021)
  • The high-volume concept, which has 22 units in eight cities, opened three new units in March and five total restaurants so far this year. It has plans to open seven more new restaurants this year and a total of 15 locations in 2022.  (full story)

  • Eyemart Express Expands National Footprint to 42 States with First Tennessee Store
    (invisionmag.com - 4/7/2021)
  • Eyemart Express, a leading national optical retailer known for providing affordable and high-quality prescription eyewear in as little as 30 minutes, is expanding its national footprint with the opening of its first store in Tennessee...  (full story)

  • Tropical Smoothie Café expansion heats up
    (chainstoreage.com - 4/7/2021)
  • The fast-casual chain plans to open 130 locations this year, with 25 sites having opened for business during the first quarter. It also announced the signing of 95 new franchise agreements.  (full story)

  • Blaze Pizza Ready to Accelerate Development
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/7/2021)
  • Blaze Pizza announced it has accelerated its franchise development efforts in the first quarter of 2021, signing agreements to develop 16 new restaurants in Texas, Florida and Tennessee.  (full story)

  • New wing franchise coming to Atlanta with 5 locations
    (ajc.com - 4/6/2021)
  • Thanks to the largest multi-unit development agreement Wing It On! has signed so far, the restaurant will inch closer toward having 25 to 30 more stores by the end of the year in target markets — Atlanta included.  (full story)

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods launching concept store as competition heats up with Nike and other big brands
    (marketwatch.com - 4/6/2021)
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. said that it is launching a new concept store, Dick’s House of Sport, in Victor, NY...  (full story)

  • The Joint Corp. Acquires 8 Previously Franchised Clinics
    (franchising.com - 4/6/2021)
  • Management expects company-owned or managed clinics to increase between 20 and 30, compared to four in 2020, through a combination of both greenfields and franchised clinic purchases.  (full story)

  • Buc-ee's To Host Groundbreaking Ceremony For Richmond, Ky Travel Center April 13
    (prnewswire.com - 4/6/2021)
  • "We're excited to add Kentucky to our family of stores expanding throughout the Southeast," said Stan Beard of Buc-ee's.  (full story)

  • Dunkin’ Inks Deal for 26 New Restaurants
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/6/2021)
  • Dunkin’ announced the signing of store development agreements across Texas with new franchisee Priceless Coffee, Inc. and existing franchisee Gratitude Restaurant Group, Inc.  (full story)

  • Huey Magoo’s Announces Grand Opening in Valdosta, Georgia This Wednesday, April 7
    (restaurantnews.com - 4/6/2021)
  • This is the first of six Huey Magoo’s restaurants franchisees Buck Harris and Brooklyn Harris will open in Southwest Georgia.  (full story)

  • More Jersey Mike's Restaurants Opening in New Hampshire
    (wokq.com - 4/6/2021)
  • Chris Brown hopes to open between 10 and 12 locations in New Hampshire, according to unionleader.com. So look for a Jersey Mike's location in a New Hampshire town near you soon.  (full story)

  • Planet Fitness CEO Predicts Big Second Quarter For Fitness Industry
    (clubindustry.com - 4/6/2021)
  • For that reason, Rondeau and his team anticipate 75 to 100 new locations in 2021 compared to 130 in 2020.  (full story)

  • New-to-market cookie shop chain franchisees plan to make it big
    (richmondbizsense.com - 4/6/2021)
  • Following an expansion trail from out West, a chain that specializes in oversized cookies is expected to make its Central Virginia debut with several locations this summer.  (full story)

  • Fashion brand owner The Collected Group files for bankruptcy
    (retaildive.com - 4/6/2021)
  • The parent of the Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott fashion brands filed for Chapter 11...  (full story)

  • Famous Dave’s plans first Quick ‘Que drive-thru
    (nrn.com - 4/5/2021)
  • Crivello said the company expected to open five Famous Dave's Quick ‘Que locations this year. In its earlier announcement, Famous Dave’s said the streamlined format is also panned for Coon Rapids, Mich., in September.  (full story)

  • Capriotti's, Wing Zone Sign Deals to Open 60 New Stores
    (qsrmagazine.com - 4/5/2021)
  • In the three short months since Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop’s acquired Wing Zone, both brands have seen remarkable achievements – including ten signed franchise agreements for each brand which will bring a total of 30 new Capriotti’s shops and 30 Wing Zone locations to communities across the country.  (full story)

  • Curaleaf Announces New Branding for Illinois Retail Locations, Opening of New Westmont Store
    (wfmz.com - 4/5/2021)
  • Curaleaf Holdings, Inc., a leading U.S. provider of consumer products in cannabis, announces new Curaleaf branding for the Company's recently acquired retail locations and the imminent opening of its 10th store in Illinois.  (full story)

  • Taco John’s plans for Cleveland-area restaurants
    (clevelandjewishnews.com - 4/5/2021)
  • Taco John’s, a Mexican-inspired fast food restaurant, will open as many as 10 restaurants in the Cleveland area over the next five years.  (full story)

  • Ruby Sunshine to open in Brook Highland Shopping Center
    (280living.com - 4/5/2021)
  • The latest concept from Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group, the collective behind the acclaimed New Orleans-based eatery Ruby Slipper Café, Ruby Sunshine in Birmingham is part of a larger expansion across the Southeast region, which includes locations in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina.  (full story)

  • The Woodhouse Day Spa Signs New Franchise Agreement To Develop First-Ever Location In North Carolina
    (prnewswire.com - 4/5/2021)
  • The leading spa franchise recently opened its newest location in Indianapolis, Indiana last month and expects to open 11 more locations by the end of 2021, including one in Hoboken, New Jersey this May.  (full story)

  • Dollar General opens 7th Sioux City location
    (siouxcityjournal.com - 4/4/2021)
  • Dollar General announced that it has opened its seventh location in Sioux City...  (full story)

  • Popular Discount Retail Store Coming To Western New York With Three Locations
    (wyrk.com - 4/3/2021)
  • There's a discount retail chain called Gabe's that will be bringing not one, but three new locations to Western New York.   (full story)

  • Wingstop Is Not Just A Pandemic Phenomenon
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 4/2/2021)
  • On Wednesday, the Dallas-based chicken wing chain reported yet another strong quarter, with same-store sales up 20.7% in the first three months of 2021, when the company also opened 41 locations—a record number for the first quarter.  (full story)








     

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