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  • Boston Market's New Owner Is On Pace To Open Two Restaurants Per Week
    ( - 1/20/2021)
  • The chain recently launched a scaled-down, express model. The units do not have dining rooms and are about 1,500- to 1,800-square feet, less than half the size of a traditional Boston Market.  (full story)

  • Culver’s picks Seymour for new restaurant
    ( - 1/19/2021)
  • The owner of a fast-growing restaurant chain plans to open up to 10 new Indiana locations, including one in Seymour. Jeff Meyer, president of Noblesville-based Meyer Food Management Co., owns 12 Culver’s restaurants in three states, including sites in Columbus and Bloomington.  (full story)

  • Chicken Salad Chick Makes South Florida Debut
    ( - 1/15/2021)
  • The Coral Springs restaurant marks the first Florida opening this year with additional locations in St. Petersburg, Ocala, Gainesville and Wellington slated to open over the next several months.  (full story)

  • Bob's Discount Furniture Enters Iowa Market With the Opening of West Des Moines Store
    ( - 1/15/2021)
  • In addition to the new store in West Des Moines, Bob’s will also be opening an additional three stores nationwide in January, bringing the total number of stores to 139 across, 22 states.  (full story)

  • Conn’s HomePlus Enters Tampa with Two New Stores in 2021
    ( - 1/15/2021)
  • "As we expand the Conn’s HomePlus footprint, we are excited to increase our presence in the Sunshine State,” said Norm Miller, Conn's HomePlus Chairman and CEO."  (full story)

  • Store Closing Sales Begin At All Christopher & Banks Stores Nationwide
    ( - 1/15/2021)
  • Christopher & Banks, on January 13, 2021, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization and authorized store closing sales to be conducted by Hilco Merchant Resources. The store closing process has begun at more than 400 stores nationally.  (full story)

  • Tropical Smoothie Café Opened 99 Restaurants in 2020
    ( - 1/15/2021)
  • The brand opened 99 new cafes, including its 900th location in Fort Benning, Georgia. Further, the brand signed 254 new franchise agreements, 70 percent of which came from existing franchisees, and is on track to reach more than 1,000 operating restaurants in 2021.  (full story)

  • Dogtopia Ranks 12th on the Franchise Times Annual Fast & Serious List
    ( - 1/15/2021)
  • With more than 150 centers open and 230 in development, Dogtopia continued to deliver strong exponential growth by entering four new states – Connecticut, Rhode Island, Oregon and Nevada – as well as the District of Columbia. The brand is on track to open at least 50 daycare centers in 2021.  (full story)

  • Joint Venture Acquires Alta Convenience
    ( - 1/15/2021)
  • A joint venture between Fortress Investment Group LLC and a subsidiary of Phillips 66 Co. has acquired Pester Marketing Co., doing business as Alta Convenience.  (full story)

  • Pieology Pizzeria Welcomes Multi-Location Ohio Franchise Group
    ( - 1/15/2021)
  • The franchise group, Pizza Pie Investments, LLC, is entirely owned by Jerrod Hartman, who has signed a multi-unit development agreement and is close to securing his first location.  (full story)

  • Sheetz announces details on its first 14 stores in central Ohio
    ( - 1/15/2021)
  • Sheetz has set the opening date for its first store in central Ohio and has announced locations for 13 other stores in the region...  (full story)

  • Just Like Its Menu Options, Saladworks Franchise Expansion Showed Endless Possibilities in 2020
    ( - 1/14/2021)
  • “In addition to robust traditional restaurant expansion, our team demonstrated a high level of creativity in developing exciting new avenues of success in 2020, all of which will be long-term plays into 2021 and beyond,” said Eric Lavinder, Chief Development Officer for Saladworks.  (full story)

  • Domino’s Wants to Become the ‘Dominant No. 1’ Pizza Brand
    ( - 1/14/2021)
  • As of Q3, Domino’s had 6,239 stores in the U.S., but the company believes there’s room for 8,000. Internationally, there’s roughly 8,550 stores, but the brand thinks it can add nearly 5,200 incremental units.  (full story)

  • Corlex Capital Buys 10 Wingstop Locations, Plans to Open 13 More
    ( - 1/13/2021)
  • The acquisition of the first nine restaurants closed late last year, and another location in Indianapolis was added to the portfolio on January 6. Corlex and its partners have signed a development deal to open another 13 restaurants in the Boston metropolitan area over the next 3 years.  (full story)

  • Golden Chick to Open First Modular Restaurant in 2021
    ( - 1/13/2021)
  • The first restaurant is scheduled to be installed in Saginaw, Texas this month with an expected opening in March, with two more installations in the pipeline for the first half of the year in Snyder and Refugio, Texas.  (full story)

  • Fogo De Chao Gets Back In The Growth Game
    ( - 1/13/2021)
  • The Dallas-based chain on Wednesday said it signed leases to open five locations in the U.S. this year. “We’re just getting our pipeline back started,” McGowan said.  (full story)

  • Stock+Field filing bankruptcy and closing all of their 25 locations across the country
    ( - 1/13/2021)
  • The Chairman and CEO of Stock+Field announced they will be closing all their 25 stores after 55 years of doing business.  (full story)

  • RaceTrac Reenters Alabama
    ( - 1/13/2021)
  • The company plans to build more stores in Alabama through 2025, it said, including other locations already in the permitting phase in the Irondale, Alabaster, Gadsden, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals areas. The next store, in Oxford, will open in March 2021.  (full story)

  • Edible Looks to Sign 160 Franchise Agreements in 2021
    ( - 1/12/2021)
  • Welcoming 140 new and existing franchisees to establish a new Edible store in markets across the country, the brand prepares to enter 2021 with a robust pipeline and a goal to sign 160 franchise agreements and to open 40 stores in the new year.  (full story)

  • Angry Crab Shack Opens Newest Restaurant Just Outside Las Vegas
    ( - 1/12/2021)
  • Additional restaurants are planned for both Nevada and the Western United States as a whole, underscoring an overall brand expansion plan to have 100 stores open and operating by 2025.  (full story)

  • Fazoli’s Prepares to Scale New Heights in 2021 after Most Successful Year in Brand History
    ( - 1/12/2021)
  • Continuing the development surge from 2020, Fazoli’s is poised for a record-breaking number of openings in 2021 with 10 to 15 new locations expected to open during the calendar year. With development plans in full throttle, Fazoli’s set its sights on signing 15 new franchise groups to put 45 new locations in its pipeline.  (full story)

  • TravelCenters of America Wraps Up Record Year of Franchise Signings
    ( - 1/12/2021)
  • TA expects to open two additional franchised travel centers by the end of the first quarter of 2021, with 20 more anticipated to open by the end of the year in Alabama, Georgia, California, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.  (full story)

  • Romeo’s Pizza Expands in the Sunshine State with New Franchise Area Agreement
    ( - 1/12/2021)
  • Romeo’s Pizza, the award-winning franchise that offers pizza with a purpose, announces plans to open upwards of 10 new locations in Tampa, Florida within the next two years.  (full story)

  • Club Champion Adds Five New Locations
    ( - 1/12/2021)
  • Club Champion said it plans to add five new custom club fitting services in Memphis, TN; Jupiter, FL; Bradenton, FL; Tacoma, WA; and Des Moines, IA.  (full story)

  • Harbor Freight to open store in Beatrice
    ( - 1/12/2021)
  • According to the company’s website, 25 new store openings are planned for the first quarter of 2021 alone. Hoffman said the Beatrice store will be roughly 15,375 square feet, and bring between 25-30 new jobs locally.  (full story)

  • Citi Trends to open at least 100 new stores by end of fiscal 2023
    ( - 1/12/2021)
  • The value retailer of urban fashion apparel, accessories and home goods, primarily for African American and Latinx families, said it will grow its store fleet with at least 100 new locations by the end of fiscal 2023. It also plans to remodel at least 150 stores by the end of fiscal 2023.  (full story)

  • Velvet Taco opens in the Heights; two more in the works
    ( - 1/11/2021)
  • Velvet Taco opened its third Houston location Jan. 11 in the Heights and expects to roll out its Galleria-area location Jan. 25, followed by a Rice Village outpost this summer, the Dallas-based restaurant chain announced.  (full story)

  • Checkers & Rally's parent lands $20M in private equity funding
    ( - 1/11/2021)
  • Checkers & Rally's added 40 franchisees to its network in 2020 and has 72 new restaurants in development. Oak Hill Capital approved the investment following the restaurant company's successful debt amendment efforts at the end of 2020, according to the press release.  (full story)

  • Firebirds Turns 20 in a Year Unlike Any Other
    ( - 1/11/2021)
  • Loftis says three restaurants are under construction currently: in Dallas Fort Worth, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Huntersville, North Carolina.  (full story)

  • Buff City Soap Opening Second Store
    ( - 1/8/2021)
  • Buff City Soap will celebrate the grand opening of its new Toledo store...  (full story)

  • Straw Hat Pizza Opens Locations in Seaside and Fremont
    ( - 1/8/2021)
  • Both locations have a smaller footprint and are focused on take out and delivery. Each will offer our famous Genuine California Pizza, Hot Hat sandwiches, oven baked sandwiches, and a selection of amazing appetizers.  (full story)

  • Lightbridge Academy Positions Itself for Rapid Growth in 2021
    ( - 1/8/2021)
  • A 20-year Lightbridge veteran, Falzarano's experience will help expand the brand's footprint as he leads the team in the construction and development of over 100 child care center locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions over the next five years.  (full story)

  • PITA Mediterranean Street Food Shares Growth Plans for 2021
    ( - 1/8/2021)
  • PITA patrons also can look forward to new restaurant locations opening in northern Alabama (Madison/Huntsville area), in central Florida (near Maitland/Orlando), in Georgia (Dawsonville) and in Chicago throughout 2021.  (full story)

  • Eclipse RTO Acquires 99 Rent-A-Center Stores in Refranchising Deal
    ( - 1/8/2021)
  • Eclipse RTO signed a 10-store development agreement along with the 99 stores in California and plans to “help Rent-A-Center consolidate potentially some smaller mom-and-pop shops and convert them,” Bhakta said.  (full story)

  • Builders FirstSource and BMC complete mega-merger
    ( - 1/8/2021)
  • The combination of the two pro dealer heavyweights creates a building materials and services provider with annual sales of approximately $11.7 billion with 550 distribution and manufacturing facilities in over 40 states.  (full story)

  • PrimoHoagies Announces Significant Growth Plans for 2021
    ( - 1/7/2021)
  • PrimoHoagies, today announced that it has recently signed agreements to open 21 new franchise locations. Founded in South Philadelphia in 1992, PrimoHoagies currently has 81 locations throughout six states.  (full story)

  • Phenix Salon Suites Bolsters Multi-Unit Growth in 2020
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • A strong influx of signed franchise agreements has attracted multiple 3-4-unit deals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Florida and New Jersey. In addition, the brand has a number of openings on the immediate horizon in Texas, Tennessee and California.  (full story)

  • Durban Group Opens Their Fourth Take 5 Oil Change Location
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • With four successful Take 5 openings in North Carolina under their belt, The Durban Group has now committed to opening more stores in the southwestern U.S.  (full story)

  • BoxUnion Acquires TITLE Boxing Club to Form Nation's Premier Omni-Channel Fitness Brand
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • BoxUnion, a California-based fitness boxing brand, announced today that it has acquired TITLE Boxing Club, a fitness studio with 166 clubs across the United States, Mexico and the Dominican Republic specializing in boxing and kickboxing fitness classes.  (full story)

  • Del Taco Drops 'Fresh Flex' Prototype Designed to Grow
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • CEO John Cappasola said the 596-unit brand expected to infill core Western markets and seed emerging ones, all with the goal of stimulating long-term franchise growth, including plans to enter Orlando, Florida, in 2021.  (full story)

  • Modern Market is Executing its Digital Master Plan
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • The chain is also looking aggressively at Ohio, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah, and New Mexico -essentially the areas that surround the home state of Colorado.  (full story)

  • Red-Kap Acquisition Spawns Stewart's Express Brand
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • Stewart’s Shops is spinning its acquisition of eight Red-Kap convenience stores into a new store brand, Stewart’s Express.  (full story)

  • Smoothie King Opened Record 263 Stores in 2020
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • Those 91 deals are projected to produce 111 future stores in markets like Chicago, Northern Virginia and Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Additionally, the 2020 agreements are a result of 26 new franchisees joining the system and 65 current owners reinvesting in Smoothie King.  (full story)

  • Huddle House Plans Growth in Arkansas City and Garden City
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • “Our team is currently on the lookout for an optimal site in these great cities to build our next restaurant locations. The goal is to help future franchisees save substantial time and get a Huddle House location up and running and serving the community as soon as possible.”  (full story)

  • AutoZone coming to Allentown’s Lehigh Street
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • AutoZone, which reported same-store sales growth of more than 12% in its most recent quarter, has continued to add locations, opening 39 U.S. stores and two in Brazil in its first quarter ended Nov. 21.  (full story)

  • Peak Pock Capital Buys Shipley Do-Nuts
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • Peak Rock Capital on Wednesday said it has completed an acquisition of Shipley Do-Nuts, a 300-unit coffee and doughnut chain based in Houston.  (full story)

  • Family Video, the last video store chain in the U.S., is closing all 250 stores
    ( - 1/6/2021)
  • Parent company Highland Ventures made the announcement Tuesday. “While we have faced digital competition from Netflix and others for years, nothing has been as devastating to our business as COVID-19,” the company said in a press release, according to the Toledo Blade.  (full story)

  • Here’s Why The Pandemic Isn’t Stopping The Growth Of Clean Juice
    ( - 1/5/2021)
  • Clean Juice considers itself a national player, rather than a regional one, because it has outlets in 26 states. And by the end of next year, it’s slated to have juice bars in 30 states, with the addition of Minnesota, West Virginia, Montana and Oregon.  (full story)

  • MassageLuXe Franchise to Further Expand in Florida Market
    ( - 1/5/2021)
  • Area developers, Michael, Susan and Nicole Cavaseno, are planning to open 15 more locations in the Orlando/Jacksonville area and are searching for qualified franchise owners. Currently franchisees of three locations in Lake Mary, Winter Park and Naples, the team is eager for the pending expansion.  (full story)

  • Dog Haus Breaks Through Industry Barriers to Emerge on Top in 2020
    ( - 1/5/2021)
  • Looking to 2021, Dog Haus plans to accelerate its growth, with 15 new locations already in the pipeline throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Texas and West Virginia.  (full story)


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