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  • The Toasted Yolk Cafe Signs Growth Deals in Multiple States
    ( - 6/27/2022)
  • The Toasted Yolk Cafe is ready to get the mimosas flowing in Ohio, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana and the Alamo City. CEO and Co-Founder Chris Milton announced today that The Toasted Yolk has signed multiple area development agreements with highly experienced and respected franchisees.  (full story)

  • Crisp & Green opening 13th store in Twin Cities in July
    ( - 6/27/2022)
  • Crisp & Green restaurants are "coming soon" to metro locations in Lino Lakes, MSP Airport, Prior Lake/Savage, Rogers, Roseville, St. Louis Park and White Bear Lake, and in greater Minnesota cities Brainerd, Duluth, Mankato and St. Cloud. Steele Brands plans to have 30 Crisp & Green stores in Minnesota within the next two years.  (full story)

  • Texas Taco Chain Opening First Restaurant in Town
    ( - 6/27/2022)
  • Torchy’s Tacos has officially made the move from Texas to Arizona, as it has now officially opened its first location in Phoenix. However, the restaurant has established itself as a fast-growing taco joint, as the restaurant, which originally opened as a food truck in Austin, has gone on to open more than 100 restaurants.  (full story)

  • Advance Auto Parts Opens 22 Stores in California
    ( - 6/27/2022)
  • The Raleigh, North Carolina-based automotive aftermarket parts retailer has opened 22 new stores in the Los Angeles market as part of the company’s broader strategic expansion into the Western U.S.  (full story)

  • Gerrity’s Supermarkets joins Wakefern grocery cooperative
    ( - 6/27/2022)
  • Plans call for Gerrity’s to convert to the cooperative’s The Fresh Grocer banner, with the new store branding to be Gerrity’s The Fresh Grocer.  (full story)

  • Mighty Quinn’s BBQ Opens New Brooklyn Store in Gowanus
    ( - 6/24/2022)
  • After exploring expansion across multiple states, including New York, New Jersey, Florida, and its most recent franchisee signing in Maryland, the team is excited to bring barbeque back to Brooklyn. Kouskalis and Galanis plan to open two additional Brooklyn locations later this year.  (full story)

  • How Smokin' Oak is Building its Own Pizza Category
    ( - 6/24/2022)
  • Smokin Oak’s long-term goal is to reach 100 restaurants by 2027, and it plans to achieve that by partnering with the best multi-unit operators in a given market.  (full story)

  • This National Pizza Chain Just Announced Plans to Open 1,000 New Locations
    ( - 6/24/2022)
  • The company announced plans this week to open more than 1,000 new locations over the next five to ten years, according to QSR Magazine. The pizza chain, which currently operates more than 4,100 locations in the United States, is hedging on the expectation that customers will keep ordering at pandemic levels even after life (mostly) returns to normal.   (full story)

  • Qdoba Mexican Eats accelerates Southwest Florida expansion
    ( - 6/24/2022)
  • As part of the Integrity Group, Prashar co-owns 32 Qdoba restaurants, the bulk of which are in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware with plans to establish up to nine more Qdoba locations in Southwest Florida.  (full story)

  • Big Blue Swim School Announces Plans to Open Up to 70 Locations in California
    ( - 6/24/2022)
  • Franchise partner L5 Swim is developing the locations, which are the first of their plans to open 20 locations in California, initially focusing on Orange County and Los Angeles County, and part of a larger deal to open 43 Big Blue Swim schools across the country.  (full story)

  • Chef-Driven, Asian Chicken and Rice Concept, Rooster & Rice, Signs First Franchise
    ( - 6/24/2022)
  • Rooster & Rice plans to expand its restaurant business model from 12 locations in 2022 to 16 to 20 locations by 2023. Rooster & Rice franchises are currently available in California, Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and soon to be offered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  (full story)

  • Wawa Will Grow in Central Pennsylvania
    ( - 6/23/2022)
  • Plans are for Wawa to double its store count over the next three to five years with its first new store in the central part of the Keystone State in 2024, with the potential for up to 40 additional stores.  (full story)

  • The Greene Turtle Purchases Award-Winning Barbecue Concept
    ( - 6/22/2022)
  • The move comes at a time of unprecedented growth for the sports bar. The Greene Turtle plans to build a record four company-run stores in 2022. In addition, FGP will facilitate the growth of six more restaurants, bringing ITA's total to 10 units overall.  (full story)

  • Shipley Do-Nuts Inks Agreement To Open First Orlando Shops
    ( - 6/22/2022)
  • MLD Hospitality, led by restaurant industry veteran and former Orlando resident Michael Burns, will initially open five locations in Orange County. Burns says he believes MLD and the Orlando market could sustain up to 50 Shipley locations in the future.  (full story)

  • Phenix Salon Suites Multi-Unit Momentum Reaches All-Time High
    ( - 6/22/2022)
  • Expanding with new and existing franchisees, the brand has seen interest in multi-unit development skyrocket throughout the new year. Receiving attention from numerous esteemed operating groups, Phenix signed development agreements in Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, California, Georgia and more.  (full story)

  • LL Flooring Opens Six New Stores During the Second Quarter of 2022
    ( - 6/22/2022)
  • LL Flooring, one of the nation’s largest specialty retailers of high-quality, hard-surface flooring ...announced the opening of six new stores from April through June, bringing the Company’s total retail store count to 437 across the country...  (full story)

  • National Vision Gains on Volume Growth Amid Margin Woes
    ( - 6/22/2022)
  • The company opened 17 new stores during the first quarter and ended with a total of 1,292 stores. The store count increased 5% from the previous year’s figure...  (full story)

  • Chicken Salad Chick to Open 20 New Texas Restaurants
    ( - 6/22/2022)
  • Behind the Austin agreement is duo Austin Young and Sara Ingram. Eager to further expand their multi-unit portfolio, Young and Ingram plan to open the eight units in Austin over the next three years.  (full story)

  • PetWellClinic Signs Three-Unit Deal to Provide Pet Care in Northeastern Massachusetts
    ( - 6/21/2022)
  • PetWellClinic, an emerging pet-wellness franchise, has signed a three-unit franchise agreement to open locations in Massachusetts, specifically in the Northeastern part of the state.  (full story)

  • JINYA Holdings Inc. Prepares for Up to 45% Unit Growth Increase in 2022
    ( - 6/21/2022)
  • JINYA Ramen Bar is slated to open more than 15 restaurants in existing and new markets such as Long Beach, California; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Arlington, Virginia; Lehi, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; Hilton Head, South Carolina; and more.  (full story)

  • YogaSix Opens 150th Studio
    ( - 6/21/2022)
  • Along with the Dana Point studio, YogaSix recently debuted locations in Las Vegas, NV; Louisville, KY; Coconut Creek, FL; Shrewsbury, NJ; and Naperville, IL, among other cities. It also newly signed franchise agreements in Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento, CA; Atlanta, GA; Albany, NY; and Asheville, NC.  (full story)

  • Father and Daughter Team Open First of Three Capriotti's in Millsboro, Del
    ( - 6/21/2022)
  • The new location is owned by entrepreneur Tom Donovan, who will be running the shop alongside his daughter Katie. "Katie and I will take the lead in running the shop but it will very much be a family run business as you can expect to see the full Donovan crew hard at work."  (full story)

  • Casey’s ‘Most Acquisitive Year’
    ( - 6/20/2022)
  • Casey’s expects to add approximately 80 stores in fiscal 2023, a mix of new builds and acquired units—“half and half,” said Bramlage, and the company expects to exceed its stated three-year commitment of 345 units.  (full story)

  • Metro Diner Turns to Quick Service as Off-Premises Rises
    ( - 6/20/2022)
  • A second off-premises-only unit is planned for the Tampa, Florida, to assist the busiest kitchen in the entire system, which Connerty can only describe as a “three-ring circus.” If the initial outlets prove successful, more to-go kitchens will be introduced in other established markets, like Delaware, Alabama, Indianapolis, and Jacksonville, Florida.  (full story)

  • Raley’s Opens 4th O-N-E Market Banner
    ( - 6/17/2022)
  • Last year, the Raley’s O-N-E Market opened its first location in the state of Nevada. The other banners are located in California.  (full story)

  • Petco opens small-town, rural store concept
    ( - 6/17/2022)
  • Several additional locations are expected to open this year. In remarks at Petco’s investor day in May, chief stores officer Justin Tichy said the company had identified “hundreds of potential markets that we could serve.”  (full story)

  • Dave’s Hot Chicken to Open Nine Locations in Central New Jersey
    ( - 6/17/2022)
  • “The New Jersey DMA is very important to our growth. Partnering with experienced operators with deep community ties like Noraiz, Kashif and Jamil will be key to success in the area,” says Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken. “I’m thrilled bring Dave’s Hot Chicken to even more new customers throughout the East Coast.”  (full story)

  • Woof Gang Bakery Acquired
    ( - 6/17/2022)
  • New York-based investment firm Garnett Station Partners, LLC has acquired the Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming franchise, intending to "turbo-charge the company's growth."  (full story)

  • QuikTrip Rings Up Customers at Its First Colorado C-store
    ( - 6/17/2022)
  • The Midwest-based convenience store chain said it planned to open 50 to 70 locations in the Denver metro area, and is actively seeking local general contractors to help with the construction of those stores in the next five years, The Denver Channel reported.  (full story)

  • A Reenergized Rosa Mexicano Prepares to Grow Again
    ( - 6/17/2022)
  • Four new stores are scheduled to open in a matter of months, including two additional locations in existing markets Boston and Washington, D.C., and stores in new areas, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and West Hartford, Connecticut. As of early April, two were under construction, while the other two were in the final design stages.  (full story)

  • Grocery Outlet Enters 8th State With New Store in Maryland
    ( - 6/16/2022)
  • Emeryville, Calif.-based Grocery Outlet announced its latest East Coast expansion, with the opening of a new store in Maryland...  (full story)

  • Cumberland Farms Comes to the Gulf Coast
    ( - 6/15/2022)
  • Convenience-store and fuel retailer EG Group has introduced its Cumberland Farms brand to the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. It is opening two new Cumberland Farms stores in the region, the first of many planned to open in the Gulf Coast in the coming 24 months.  (full story)

  • Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill Makes Texas Debut in Frisco
    ( - 6/15/2022)
  • Texas’ first three Naf Naf Grills will be opened by INAA Restaurant, LLC. The company is led by President Amirali Didarali, a successful entrepreneur and self-professed “foodie.” Didarali, along with his partners, recognize the importance of the hospitality industry to the communities it serves.  (full story)

  • Jeni's CEO John Lowe Retires After 13 Years of Growth
    ( - 6/14/2022)
  • Lowe, who announced Monday he’s stepping away from the business, exits a brand that now boasts 67 stores from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, 1,400 employees, and plans to open 15–20 locations in 2022. Yearly revenue exceeds $100 million and is scaling at a 30 percent compound annual growth rate.  (full story)

  • Winmark Announces Addition Of Play It Again Sports Franchised Locations
    ( - 6/14/2022)
  • Winmark Corporation announced that it has signed franchise agreements to add an additional eleven Play It Again Sports locations to its existing base of 272 stores across North America.  (full story)

  • How This 102-unit Full-Service Brand Upholds Its Consistency
    ( - 6/14/2022)
  • Pizza Factory has 102 units across seven states—California, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Texas and now Georgia—with 25 more sites in development. With plans to expand within those states and into others, Pizza Factory says that managing brand consistency has been both a priority and a challenge.  (full story)

  • Ford's Garage Opens First Unit in Texas
    ( - 6/14/2022)
  • The more than 9,800-square-foot restaurant is the first of as many as 10 Ford’s Garage locations planned throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Leading the local expansion are long-time friends and restaurateurs Brian Judd and Jason Borders.  (full story)

  • BJ’s Wholesale Club to open 4 new locations
    ( - 6/13/2022)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club shared the details of its four new locations, which are part of the next phase of its 2022 development plans...  (full story)

  • Famous Toastery Hires Eric Gustafsson as New Vice President of Franchise Development
    ( - 6/12/2022)
  • Mabry is confident that Gustafsson’s addition to the leadership team will help fuel the brand’s success as it grows across the country with the goal of selling eight to 10 deals in 2022 and opening four to six restaurants next year.  (full story)

  • Sephora at Kohl’s expansion continues with 3 new N.J. stores
    ( - 6/11/2022)
  • The Sephora at Kohl’s concept has been expanding rapidly..An additional seven Sephora mini-shops are planned for Kohl’s stores in New Jersey by the end of the year...  (full story)

  • Dave’s Hot Chicken to Expand in Florida's Palm Beach and Martin Counties
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • Dave’s Hot Chicken announced it has inked a franchise agreement with Cluck Beach LLC, that is owned by Rob Shawger, Matt Abdoo and Blair Bitove, to open seven locations throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties in Florida.  (full story)

  • Buddy’s Home Furnishings Awards Three Locations To Alex Melvin and MTM Ventures In The Carolinas
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • Melvin began franchising with Buddy’s in 2014 when he opened his first store in Hendersonville, N.C. He quickly expanded, opening additional locations in Shelby and Lincolnton, North Carolina and in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and Greenwood, South Carolina.  (full story)

  • Dave & Buster's Comeback Reaches Record Levels
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • The chain ended Q1 with 147 units, including three openings this year in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Brooklyn; and Modesto, California. The plan is to have eight openings in fiscal 2022. As Dave & Buster’s engages in new store development, it's moving through a refresh/remodel program and evaluating relocations in some legacy markets.  (full story)

  • Little Caesars on Pace to Double its Number of Franchise Deals
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • Starbeds Legacy plans to open 10 Little Caesars stores in Tampa; Gregg Nigro, aims to open eight Little Caesars stores in Norfolk, VA and North Carolina’s Outer Banks; and James Allen, president of a Las Vegas-based development firm, and his wife Jennifer who plan to open at least six Little Caesars restaurants in Vermont.  (full story)

  • Edible Names Ramzi Daklouche Vice President of Franchise Sales
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • Edible has signed 40 deals in the first five months of 2022 with even more in the pipeline. Edible’s groundbreaking start to the year is a testament of new hires like Daklouche, and the brands dedicated support teams and franchisees.  (full story)

  • Five Below, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • The Company opened 35 new stores and ended the quarter with 1,225 stores in 40 states. This represents an increase in stores of 12.7% from the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2021...  (full story)

  • Panera Debuts First Digital-Only Restaurant
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • Officially called Panera To Go, the Chicago-based unit is the first of three takeout/delivery outlets scheduled to debut in 2022. The other two will be based in California and Washington, D.C.  (full story)

  • Why Is Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. Up 5.2% Since Last Earnings Report?
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • Grocery Outlet opened four new stores and closed one during the quarter, taking the total count to 418 stores in seven states... During second-quarter 2022, the company plans to open seven new stores...  (full story)

  • Cardenas Markets to Acquire 6 Rio Ranch Market Stores
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • Ontario, Calif.- based Cardenas Markets announced June 9 that it is acquiring six Rio Ranch Market stores, which will expand the company's footprint in Southern California...  (full story)

  • Jamba, McAlister’s Franchisees Look Inward to Add New Concepts
    ( - 6/10/2022)
  • Joulios signed an eight-unit development agreement to “tip-toe in the market” with McAlister’s. His first restaurant, slated to open later this year in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, is being developed side-by-side with a new Jamba, a pairing Joulios is eager to debut.  (full story)


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