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  • Gold’s Gym Resolves to Keep Getting Bigger in 2018
    (franchising.com - 2/8/2018)
  • Gold’s Gym plans to expand in Europe, China and Qatar as domestic franchise development also targets another 25 gyms in the U.S. across hot markets including Tampa; Orlando; Minneapolis; San Jose, Calif.; Atlanta and the New York metro area.   (full story)

  • Veggie Grill taking root in Chicago
    (fastcasual.com - 2/8/2018)
  • Veggie Grill is opening its first Chicago location Feb. 15 at 614 W. Diversey Pkwy., in the Lakeview neighborhood. It will be the brand's 29th location and marks the first in a series of expansions outside of ...   (full story)

  • The Hummus & Pita Co inks Michigan deal
    (fastcasual.com - 2/7/2018)
  • The Hummus & Pita Co., a NYC-based Mediterranean fast casual concept, is expanding to Michigan. The company has signed a five-unit franchise deal with locations in ...   (full story)

  • 1 day, 5 ribbon cuttings for Art Van in St. Louis
    (furnituretoday.com - 2/7/2018)
  • Art Van Furniture is making its St. Louis entrance official with five Friday ribbon cuttings at stores operated by its largest franchisee, Jay Steinback.   (full story)

  • Michigan Pet Specialty Retailer Plans Expansion for 2018
    (petproductnews.com - 2/7/2018)
  • The retailer, founded in 1989 with a single store in Grand Rapids, Mich., will add three locations during the first half of 2018...   (full story)

  • Ill.-based pet-store chain acquires 4 Muttz stores in Colorado
    (bizwest.com - 2/7/2018)
  • Kim Morgan, founder of Muttz Pet Goods and Gifts, has sold her four stores in Colorado to Bentley’s Pet Stuff, based in Long Grove, Ill...   (full story)

  • East Coast Wings + Grill Plans Tennessee Expansion
    (foodnewsfeed.com - 2/7/2018)
  • East Coast Wings + Grill, a fast-growing, family dining franchise, has plans to expand throughout the state of Tennessee. With three existing units in Memphis, Kingsport, and Johnson City, the company has announced plans to open seven additional locations through ...   (full story)

  • Nestlé Toll House Continues Robust Global Expansion
    (qsrmagazine.com - 2/7/2018)
  • ... the formula that has propelled Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip to more than 150 units in 24 states and 10 nations across North America and the Middle East, with dozens more projected to open in the coming year ...   (full story)

  • Deka Lash Awards 100th Territory
    (dailytelescope.com - 2/7/2018)
  • Deka Lash, the nation's premier eyelash extension brand, announced they have surpassed the 100 territories milestone and have awarded their 109th territory in Chicago, Illinois. This expands Deka Lash's footprint to over 20 states, with 17 operating units, and 4 to 5 new studios opening every month.   (full story)

  • Dave & Buster's is one way malls are filling all those empty Sears stores
    (cnbc.com - 2/7/2018)
  • Dave & Buster's is seeking rapid unit expansion in 2018, forecasting growth of about 14 percent this year, or about 14 new locations. Adding brands like Dave & Buster's to malls has become increasingly important to landlords and real estate firms, especially as foot traffic in these locations continues to decline.   (full story)

  • Family Express Boosts Wage After Tax Package
    (cstoredecisions.com - 2/6/2018)
  • Family Express was awarded the most prestigious award in the Convenience Store Industry, by being named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2015 Chain of the Year. Family Express operates stores throughout northwest and central Indiana. Family Express is planning 10 new stores in the immediate future throughout Indiana.   (full story)

  • Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh Preps for Illinois Debut
    (qsrmagazine.com - 2/6/2018)
  • Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh—the leading Mediterranean cuisine brand renowned for its wholesome, healthy and simple dishes, top-quality meats and fresh-baked pita—is entering the Illinois market on ...   (full story)

  • PizzaRev Continues Colorado Expansion in Fort Collins
    (qsrmagazine.com - 2/6/2018)
  • Mark Venditto, a seasoned restaurateur, owns the location, continuing the brand’s growth in the state. It is the first of four franchise locations planned for northern Colorado.   (full story)

  • Bentley's Pet Stuff Makes Acquisitions in Two States
    (petproductnews.com - 2/6/2018)
  • Bentley’s Pet Stuff is continuing its rapid expansion across the country. The pet specialty retailer has expanded its presence in Colorado and entered the market in Michigan through two recent acquisitions.   (full story)

  • 5 Highlights of Marathon Petroleum's 4th Quarter
    (cspdailynews.com - 2/6/2018)
  • CEO Gary Heminger said Marathon will invest $530 million in growing the Speedway convenience-store chain this year. That's a "$150 million increase from last year's plan and consistent with our commitment to aggressively grow this business and build [our] industry-leading position," he said. "The significant increase is targeted for construction of new stores, as well as remodeling and rebuilding existing locations.   (full story)

  • Chipotle plans store upgrades, slower expansion
    (marketwatch.com - 2/6/2018)
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is planning to renovate restaurants, upgrade kitchen equipment and improve manager training...   (full story)

  • Dogtopia Reflects on Record Year of Growth
    (prnewswire.com - 2/6/2018)
  • With strategic plans to break into more major North American markets, the franchise will open 40 new stores in 2018, on pace to reach its 400-unit milestone by 2021.   (full story)

  • Halal Guys Prepares to Heap Chicken and White Sauce on Metro Detroit
    (detroit.eater.com - 2/6/2018)
  • The Halal Guys is preparing for its inevitable metro Detroit invasion. The fast-casual restaurant group known for its chicken and rice platters slathered in white sauce announced today in a release that a local franchisee Mufid Farha will bring five locations to Washtenaw and Wayne counties.   (full story)

  • New Seasons CEO Wendy Collie Steps Down
    (progressivegrocer.com - 2/6/2018)
  • New Seasons Market CEO Wendy Collie has abruptly stepped down from her role, and the Northwestern grocer has announced a “strategic shift” in its business direction...   (full story)

  • FFO Home buys Louisville's Furniture Liquidators, Mattress & More
    (furnituretoday.com - 2/6/2018)
  • FFO Home has acquired the parent of Louisville, Ky.-based Furniture Liquidators and Mattress & More, pushing into a new market and new states and gaining a ready-made platform to launch more sleep specialty stores...   (full story)

  • Maaco Announces 2018 Franchising Plans
    (aftermarketnews.com - 2/6/2018)
  • Maaco has announced its plans to expand its business model across America. The company says its growth strategy stands to significantly increase the number of franchise licenses it plans to sign in 2018 – increasing its total by more than 50 percent over ...   (full story)

  • Enmarket to Acquire 34 E-Z Shop Stores
    (cspdailynews.com - 2/6/2018)
  • Enmarket has reached an agreement with Brabham Oil Co. Inc. to purchase its 34 E-Z Shop convenience stores located in South Carolina...   (full story)

  • The premium frozen treat chain has signed a franchise agreement for its first Las Vegas shop with a
    (digitaljournal.com - 2/6/2018)
  • The premium frozen treat chain has signed a franchise agreement for its first Las Vegas shop with a local family, who intends to open multiple locations.   (full story)

  • Burgerim to join Westfield Siesta Key
    (heraldtribune.com - 2/5/2018)
  • The first Burgerim opened in Israel in 2011, and the concept spread rapidly through franchising. It had 80 stores by 2013 and more than 160 in 2016, according to the company’s website. The chain has Florida locations in Miami and Boca Raton and about 25 others slated for the Sunshine State.   (full story)

  • RNR Tire Express Ranked No. 1 Tire Franchise
    (tirereview.com - 2/5/2018)
  • The growing demand for flexible pay-as-you-go concepts has been seen through RNR’s impressive 26 percent YTD increase for same-store installations, defined by the brand’s 44 percent increase in store openings. As a leading provider of tires and custom wheels, the franchise seeks qualified multi-unit franchisees to fuel continuous growth with projections to open 35 new stores in 2018, on pace to reach its 300-unit milestone by 2024.   (full story)

  • Kroger sells 762-store business for $2.15 billion
    (producenews.com - 2/5/2018)
  • The Kroger Co. and EG Group, a retailer based in the United Kingdom, announced a definitive agreement for the sale of Kroger's convenience store business unit for $2.15 billion. The companies expect to close the transaction during the first quarter of Kroger's fiscal year.   (full story)

  • Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings new parent Inspire Brands debuts
    (nrn.com - 2/5/2018)
  • The foodservice industry’s latest multi-concept operator was born on Monday as Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. completed a $2.9 billion acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. and renamed itself Inspire Brands Inc. Inspire Brands is owned by Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group. It operates more than 1,700 restaurants and franchises more than 2,900 units as Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, as well as R Taco   (full story)

  • Nice Kicks And adidas Celebrate New Store Opening With Epic Giveaway Event
    (sneakernews.com - 2/5/2018)
  • On February 10th, Nice Kicks and adidas will open a joint retail store in Los Angeles...   (full story)

  • Bon-Ton Stores files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy
    (hometextilestoday.com - 2/5/2018)
  • Bon-Ton Stores Inc. may sell all or part of the company as it restructures under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The struggling department store chain announced yesterday that it had filed for bankruptcy protection. It has secured $725 million in debtor-in-possession financing from its exiting lenders.   (full story)

  • Private-Equity Firm Sentinel Capital Deals Huddle House
    (foodnewsfeed.com - 2/5/2018)
  • Eight multi-unit operators signed additional agreements to open 22 additional locations, the company added. The redesign, called the “Evolution” model by Huddle House, is outperforming the previous store design ...   (full story)

  • Shareholders Stump J. Alexander’s Merger with Ninety Nine
    (foodnewsfeed.com - 2/5/2018)
  • A special meeting of shareholders appears to have ended the proposed merger of J. Alexander’s and Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub. Shareholders voted down the deal, the company announced Thursday, saying it “expects that the merger agreement will be terminated.”   (full story)

  • Booming Costco courts millennials with online and delivery, but stores still rule
    (dailyrepublic.com - 2/3/2018)
  • The Issaquah, Wash.-based company continues to build. It remains on pace to open 20 to 25 new stores a year...   (full story)

  • Monro Has Bought 35 Tire Stores in the Last 10 Months
    (moderntiredealer.com - 2/2/2018)
  • The strategy at Monro Inc. is to keep the foot on the gas when it comes to acquisitions. And that's evident already in 2018, with the purchase of three retail stores from Valley Tire Co. Inc. in Pennsylvania...   (full story)

  • HomeSense to make LI debut
    (libn.com - 2/2/2018)
  • The new stores are part of a major national expansion for Framingham, Mass.-based TJX...Here on Long Island, the discount retailer has signed leases for 10 new stores...   (full story)

  • Giardino Gourmet Salads expanding South Florida footprint
    (fastcasual.com - 2/2/2018)
  • Today, the fast casual salad, wrap and bowl concept sees room for an additional 10 units across greater Broward County, including a downtown Ft. Lauderdale location, over the next few years.   (full story)

  • How Tractor Supply does omnichannel
    (retailleader.com - 2/2/2018)
  • Roughly 100 new stores and significant digital enhancements are planned for Tractor Supply in 2018 after the rural lifestyle retailer produced a strong fourth quarter performance. The retailer plans to open a new distribution center, 80 new Tractor Supply and 20 new Petsense stores in 2018.   (full story)

  • Malls hope to get back in shape by adding gyms
    (cnbc.com - 2/2/2018)
  • Malls are turning to health clubs to help boost foot traffic. The number of gym leases in malls has doubled in the last five years. Apparel has dropped from 70 percent of the mall space to close to 40 percent.   (full story)

  • Vegans, rejoice: ‘Shark Tank’ cinnamon roll bakery opens soon in Indian Trail
    (charlotteobserver.com - 2/2/2018)
  • The company started franchising in 2014 and has 40 locations in development around the country, including in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Texas and Utah. The Indian Trail location is the first in North Carolina.   (full story)

  • Murphy USA Finishes 2017 Strong, Looks Ahead to Growth
    (csnews.com - 2/2/2018)
  • 2018 will be a transitional year for Murphy USA, as the company plans to focus on its strongest markets in which to pursue growth. The company expects to open as many as 30 new stores and as many as 25 raze-and-rebuild locations in 2018.   (full story)

  • Zea's Rotisserie & Grill prototype breaks ground at Juban Crossing
    (livingstonparishnews.com - 2/1/2018)
  • The Juban Crossing restaurant is the first new restaurant for Zea’s in five years and “will kick off the next phase of growth,” he added. “Today, we approved a restaurant in Ridgeland, Miss., outside of Jackson. Then we are looking at the Carolinas for expansion.”   (full story)

  • Tuesday Morning benefits from new opportunities for closeouts
    (hometextilestoday.com - 2/1/2018)
  • Tuesday Morning’s turnaround plan continues to make strides as closeouts from untapped vendors and more upscale brands become more accessible and available. Looking ahead, Tuesday Morning is on track to relocate 45 stores, open 15 and expand eight stores this year. “We will have a busy spring with seven openings, five closures, 19 relocations and one expansion,” Becker noted.   (full story)

  • Ashley HomeStore's 800th opening set for Tijuana
    (furnituretoday.com - 2/1/2018)
  • Over the past year, nine countries opened their first Ashley HomeStore, bringing the total HomeStore count to 800 stores across 45 countries. “The Ashley HomeStore brand has sustained monumental growth, domestically and internationally, since we entered the retail arena more than 20 years ago,” said Todd Wanek, president and CEO of Ashley.   (full story)

  • McDonald's to Invest $2.4 Billion on Upgrades in 2018
    (qsrmagazine.com - 2/1/2018)
  • The company previously said it expects to update most of its free-standing U.S. locations to the design by the end of 2020.   (full story)

  • At Home Announces Opening of 150th Store
    (prnewswire.com - 1/31/2018)
  • At Home Group Inc., the home décor superstore, today announced the opening of its 150th store located in Beavercreek, Ohio. "Today's significant milestone is a testament to the strength of our business and our substantial long-term growth potential to increase our store count to at least four times our current footprint."   (full story)

  • H&M to close up to 170 stores in 2018, reports say
    (al.com - 1/31/2018)
  • H&M will close as many as 170 stores in 2018, the chain will open as many as 390 new stores, for a net addition of 220 stores...   (full story)

  • Leading Preschool Franchise Continues Growth Into 2018
    (franchising.com - 1/31/2018)
  • ... heightened need in the U.S. for high-quality early education and care, Primrose Schools expanded to 372 schools in 29 states. The company plans to increase that number to more than 500 by the end of 2020 ...   (full story)

  • ZIPS Dry Cleaners Bringing Unique Same-Day, One-Price Dry Cleaning Services to Southeast Florida
    (franchising.com - 1/31/2018)
  • ZIPS Dry Cleaners, an aggressively expanding dry cleaning franchise known for its same-day, one-price business model - currently $2.29 per garment - has signed a franchise agreement for the development of 40 stores throughout ...   (full story)

  • Tourneau Acquired by European Watch Retailer Bucherer
    (jckonline.com - 1/31/2018)
  • Tourneau, considered the largest watch retailer in America, has been acquired by European watch retailer and jewelry brand Bucherer. The 28-store New York City–based retail chain had been previously been owned by Green Equity Investors, an affiliate of Leonard Green & Partners, which purchased it in 2006.   (full story)

  • CoreLife Eatery Targets Pennsylvania for Expansion
    (qsrmagazine.com - 1/31/2018)
  • CoreLife Eatery recently announced its plans to open 40 new restaurants nationwide next year, which will bring the brand to a total of more than ...   (full story)

  • NRF Says Consumers Will Spend Near-Record $19.6 Billion on Valentine’s Day
    (businesswire.com - 1/31/2018)
  • U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average $143.56 on Valentine’s Day as 55 percent of the population celebrates this year, an increase from last year’s $136.57, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Total spending is expected to reach $19.6 billion, up from $18.2 billion last year. The numbers are the second-highest in the survey’s 15-year history, topped only by the record $146.84 and $19.7 billion seen in 2016.   (full story)

  • Texas-Based Chain Announces Oklahoma Expansion Plans
    (prnewswire.com - 1/31/2018)
  • Shipley Do-Nuts is proud to announce the opening of the Oklahoma market for franchise development, with the first Oklahoma unit scheduled to open in April 2018. The company plans to develop 25 units throughout Oklahoma in the coming years.   (full story)

  • With stores going dark, Whole Foods looks to fill retail's gaps
    (cnbc.com - 1/31/2018)
  • Whole Foods opens its first 365-branded grocery store on the East Coast, marking the seventh location in the U.S. Whole Foods says it is opening 16 other 365 locations soon. This growth is welcomed by real estate owners looking to fill vacated spaces.   (full story)

  • Del Taco Accelerates Franchise Development Across Florida
    (restaurantnews.com - 1/30/2018)
  • Del Taco currently has two restaurants open in Orlando, with development agreements signed for Brevard and Palm Beach Counties for an additional 16 stores.   (full story)

  • RaceTrac Puts 25 Sites on Auction Block
    (cspdailynews.com - 1/30/2018)
  • RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. is selling 25 corporate-owned commercial properties in 10 states, mostly in the Southeast, at auction Feb. 19-22. The properties are sites that no longer fit RaceTrac's needs, the company said.   (full story)

  • New Flint Rally's features indoor seating, bigger building
    (mlive.com - 1/30/2018)
  • What makes this Rally's different than most is it's indoor seating, with a capacity to comfortably seat 25 people. This is the first of its kind in Flint, and at 2,820 square feet, the property is much larger than normal Rally's restaurants.   (full story)

  • Orangetheory Fitness Opened 294 Studios and Reported $738 Million in Revenue in 2017
    (clubindustry.com - 1/30/2018)
  • Orangetheory Fitness, Boca Raton, Florida, announced it opened 294 new studios across the globe in 2017, in addition to reporting $738 million in annual revenue. This represents a 7.5 percent increase in same-store sales, according to a Jan. 30 media release from the company.   (full story)

  • California Tortilla to Debut Restaurants in Three New States in 2018
    (prnewswire.com - 1/30/2018)
  • In the last quarter, California Tortilla signed 10 franchise agreements, which included a 5-unit agreement in Virginia, further establishing its dominance in the market, as well agreements in Wichita, Kan., Charleston, S.C. and Raleigh, N.C. California Tortilla will also continue to grow its brand presence in Florida in 2018, adding new locations to Orlando and Kissimmee in addition to its restaurant in Melbourne.   (full story)

  • Wetzel’s Pretzels Reports 2017 Results and 2018 Outlook
    (restaurantnews.com - 1/30/2018)
  • With more than 340 locations now open, the brands’ aggressive growth across traditional and non-traditional units as well as various partnerships with established retail centers ensure a robust new store opening pipeline for 2018...   (full story)

  • Retailer to close 12 of its 53 Carson’s stores but doesn’t specify locations
    (therepublic.com - 1/29/2018)
  • The company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it plans to close 12 of its 53 Carson’s stores but didn’t specify locations. Under the plan, 16 Bon-Ton locations also would shut their doors, along with seven Younkers and six Elder-Beerman stores–plus four locations of three other brands.   (full story)

  • Wingstop: Interesting Growth Play
    (seekingalpha.com - 1/29/2018)
  • Wingstop is in the early stages of an international expansion. The company is not even done growing in the US...   (full story)



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