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  • My Eyelab Signs Agreement to Open Nine New Locations in Oklahoma and Texas
    (invisionmag.com - 10/18/2020)
  • Growth in the coming months will be driven by Brad Rodman, a current franchisee, in partnership with the Chunara Group of Companies, a private equity group based out of Atlanta.  (full story)

  • Flying Tiger Variety Store Closing UES Shop, All US Locations
    (patch.com - 10/16/2020)
  • The Danish home goods and toy store Flying Tiger Copenhagen is closing all U.S. locations, including one on the Upper East Side.  (full story)

  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Continues Growth with 28 New Locations Added in Q3
    (restaurantnews.com - 10/16/2020)
  • In addition, Dickey’s inked 16 new deals to expand further into several states including Texas, Minnesota, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Florida, Maryland and Rhode Island.  (full story)

  • The World’s Leader in Fresh Fruit Bouquets is Adding Four Stores with Local Entrepreneurial Couple
    (franchising.com - 10/16/2020)
  • Edible, the world’s leader in gifts and treats, announced today it has signed a multi-unit agreement in Arkansas with esteemed business operators Ty and Brieon Mitchell.  (full story)

  • Penn Station East Coast Subs To Open Four New Restaurants In Nashville
    (franchising.com - 10/16/2020)
  • All are owned by NV Ventures, who purchased the restaurants earlier this year. They plan to open an additional three to four restaurants each year moving forward to fill out the market, focusing on growing from the outer parts of the market in toward the city of Nashville.  (full story)

  • Tucson-based fast food chain Eegee's to open 5 Valley locations starting next year
    (12news.com - 10/16/2020)
  • “We look forward to becoming a part of the Phoenix metroplex, through job creation at our five new restaurants, charitable giving, and of course, our trademark frozen eegees,” CEO Ron Petty said in a news release.  (full story)

  • YogaWorks files for bankruptcy
    (ca.news.yahoo.com - 10/14/2020)
  • YogaWorks’ operations will continue via its live stream and on-demand digital platforms, YogaWorks Live and MyYogaWorks, as well as its teacher training and workshop departments, with all of its in-person studio locations around the country closing due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.   (full story)

  • Arhaus opens new studio concept store in California
    (furnituretoday.com - 10/14/2020)
  • Arhaus, which currently operates more than 70 retail locations across the county, is planning to open additional studio locations in 2021, including luxury ski locales and more beachside communities.  (full story)

  • Acme Markets wins bid to buy 27 Kings, Balducci’s stores
    (supermarketnews.com - 10/14/2020)
  • Albertsons Cos.’ Acme Markets plans to acquire 27 Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Markets for $96.4 million under a bankruptcy auction.  (full story)

  • Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux Scores Investment from 10 Point Capital
    (prnewswire.com - 10/13/2020)
  • Walk-On's has more than 40 locations, spanning nine states, and has already opened 10 new locations in 2020, with five more anticipated by year-end. The investment will enable Walk-Ons to achieve its goal of opening 150 new locations over the next five years.  (full story)

  • Main Squeeze Juice Co. to Open in Fort Worth, Texas
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/13/2020)
  • The company has already opened eight locations in the Houston area over the past couple of years and has now turned its attention to opening as many as 20 total stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.  (full story)

  • Chipotle To Open New Location In Astoria
    (msn.com - 10/13/2020)
  • It's one of four new Chipotle locations opening across Western Queens this fall, including one at 40-37 82nd St. that has already started serving customers, according to a news release.  (full story)

  • Batteries Plus Soon to Power Up 10 New Stores with Ongoing Development
    (prnewswire.com - 10/12/2020)
  • The newly signed deals include single-unit and multi-unit operators who have committed to develop Batteries Plus in Arizona, California, Minnesota and Florida.  (full story)

  • Domino's Long-term Unit Goal Runs into a Problem: The Pandemic
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 10/12/2020)
  • The store opening problem isn’t nearly as pronounced in the U.S.—the 44 net new locations the chain opened last quarter was actually higher than the 40 locations opened in the same period a year ago.  (full story)

  • How Culver's created its take on the veggie burger
    (madison.com - 10/10/2020)
  • Adkins and his team are the “gatekeepers” for the burgers, crinkle cut fries and concrete mixers that appear at Culver’s restaurants from Idaho to Florida (775 locations in 25 states, with another 50 set to open by the end of the year).  (full story)

  • Domino’s Reports 14.8 Pct Global Retail Sales Growth
    (pymnts.com - 10/9/2020)
  • The company’s franchisees and corporate teams collectively opened 44 net new locations in the U.S., which consisted of 47 openings and three closures during the quarter.  (full story)

  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe Continues Record Results in Q3
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/9/2020)
  • Year-to-date, the company has opened 75 new cafes across the U.S. and is on track to open more than 85 new cafes total by the end of 2020. Additionally, the brand has strengthened its growth pipeline by signing 184 franchise agreements year-to-date.  (full story)

  • Celebree School Expands Presence in New Jersey With Signing of New Multi-Unit Franchisee
    (streetinsider.com - 10/9/2020)
  • Maryann Abraham will look to open her first Celebree School in Mercer, Middlesex or Somerset County and has a goal of opening three schools over the next five years.  (full story)

  • Love’s Opens New Love’s Truck Care, Speedco Locations
    (cstoredecisions.com - 10/9/2020)
  • Love’s Travel Stops has opened five new Love’s Truck Care and Speedco locations. The locations, all open 24/7, offer tire, lube and light mechanical services for professional drivers and fleets at affordable costs.  (full story)

  • Buff City Soap Expanding Throughout Arkansas
    (franchising.com - 10/9/2020)
  • Locations in Little Rock, Conway, and Searcy are slated to open this month. Buff City Soap is rapidly expanding throughout the South, recently opening stores in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.  (full story)

  • Cardenas Markets Celebrates 60th Store Opening
    (winsightgrocerybusiness.com - 10/9/2020)
  • Built from the ground up, Cardenas Markets’ new 41,652-square-foot store at 5281 Holt Blvd. in Montclair, Calif., is slated to open Oct. 14. The store will mark the 60th for this leading Hispanic supermarket chain based in Ontario, Calif., which specializes in fresh produce, authentic ingredients and more.   (full story)

  • VIP Tires Opens 2 New Stores
    (moderntiredealer.com - 10/9/2020)
  • In a two-day span VIP Inc. celebrated the openings of two VIP Tires & Service locations — a new store in Vermont and a larger space in Windham, Maine.   (full story)

  • Dollar General Pops Out a New Concept
    (winsightgrocerybusiness.com - 10/9/2020)
  • Known as Popshelf, the 9,000-square-foot concept will open later this month at two locations near Nashville. The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based retailer said it intends to open 30 such stores by the end of its 2021 fiscal year.  (full story)

  • With 30 store openings this year, Florida has become Five Below’s No. 2 market
    (chainstoreage.com - 10/9/2020)
  • Thirty new store openings in 2020 gives the brand 93 locations in Florida, making it the brand’s second most covered state after Texas with 109. Hennessy said the team’s Florida work is not done for Five Below and that more deals are in the works.  (full story)

  • Famous Dave's Signs 25-Unit Development Deal
    (fsrmagazine.com - 10/8/2020)
  • The barbecue franchise is partnering with Bluestone Hospitality Group to open both Famous Dave’s ghost kitchens and dual restaurant concepts with the group’s Italian brand, Johnny Carino’s.  (full story)

  • Why Is Lululemon Up 4.6% Since Last Earnings Report?
    (nasdaq.com - 10/8/2020)
  • During the fiscal second quarter, the company opened 17 stores, including eight in North America...  (full story)

  • Wingstop is Approaching 1,500 Locations Across the Globe
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/7/2020)
  • Wingstop’s 43 net openings are the largest increase since Q4 2016 when the company opened a net of 49 locations, and it’s almost double what the brand accomplished in Q2 of this year.  (full story)

  • Ruby Tuesday Files for Bankruptcy
    (fsrmagazine.com - 10/7/2020)
  • Ruby Tuesday, a classic casual-dining chain founded 48 years ago, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday and will permanently shut down 185 restaurants. That leaves the brand with 236 locations.  (full story)

  • uBreakiFix Opens 20 New Stores in Q3, Earns Top Growth Franchise Recognition
    (franchising.com - 10/7/2020)
  • Looking ahead, uBreakiFix expects to open 25 new stores during the fourth quarter, including further expansion into New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.  (full story)

  • Discount Tire Adds Five Locations
    (moderntiredealer.com - 10/7/2020)
  • Discount Tire recently added stores in Nashville, Tenn.; Sacramento, Calif.; Mason City, Iowa; Wichita, Kan.; and Wausau, Wis. The Sacramento store operates under the company’s America’s Tire banner.   (full story)

  • Rite Aid acquiring Bartell Drugs
    (drugstorenews.com - 10/7/2020)
  • Rite Aid is acquiring a power player in the Seattle market. The Camp Hill, Pa.-based company will be acquiring Bartell Drugs, which operates 67 stores in Seattle and three counties in Washington State, for a purchase price of $95 million.  (full story)

  • Del Taco Opening First Ohio Location with Multi-Unit Operator
    (franchising.com - 10/7/2020)
  • Seasoned restaurant operator Sean Cahill is leading the Ohio expansion with a multi-unit deal for the greater Columbus area. Cahill, has ambitious development plans to bring seven Del Taco restaurants to the region—the first of which is already under construction in Bellefontaine.   (full story)

  • Sneaker Chain Snipes Continues Expansion with Leases in Brooklyn and Staten Island
    (commercialobserver.com - 10/7/2020)
  • Snipes had done about a half a dozen deals in 2020 in New York City, Manopla said, and it’s continuing to expand in the boroughs, Harlem and soon New Jersey as well.  (full story)

  • Eggs Up Grill Reports Sales Growth, New Restaurants
    (wilmingtonbiz.com - 10/7/2020)
  • Since June 2020, the brand has signed agreements for 11 new locations. The franchise recently earned the 11th spot on Restaurant Business’ Future 50 restaurant concepts.  (full story)

  • Atomic Wings Set To Take Off And Expand By Franchising
    (forbes.com - 10/7/2020)
  • It has already signed contracts with a multi-unit operator out of Nevada and Arizona with a 10-store commitment. It’s in discussions in several states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida.  (full story)

  • DeCicco & Sons to open 9th store in Eastchester Oct. 9
    (lohud.com - 10/6/2020)
  • It's an important concept for the family-run grocer (not to be confused with DeCicco Family Markets) which plans more expansion, including opening in Bedford, in a Key Foods location that's still being negotiated, and, in 2022 at The Edge, the new mixed use development in Sleepy Hollow.  (full story)

  • Slater’s 50/50 Announces New Restaurant Opening In Downtown Riverside
    (franchising.com - 10/6/2020)
  • Slater’s 50/50 operates 12 restaurants in California, Nevada, Texas, Colorado and Hawaii, and has multiple restaurants being built and in development including Fresno and Covina, both which are slated to open before year’s end.  (full story)

  • Detail Garage Expands With Eight New Franchise Store Openings Across the US This Fall
    (prnewswire.com - 10/6/2020)
  • Detail Garage, will expand this fall with multiple locations in Texas (Weatherford, Round Rock, Rosenberg and Lake Jackson) and single-store debuts in Orange, CA; Plainfield, Indiana; Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Buford, Georgia.  (full story)

  • Teriyaki Madness Has Opened 12 New Shops Since March, Plans to Open Another 15 by 2021
    (prweb.com - 10/6/2020)
  • Not only has Teriyaki Madness continued to open new restaurants while many other brands have scaled back or paused development during the COVID crisis, Haith says the brand’s newest locations have had some of the strongest openings in the franchise’s history.  (full story)

  • Blue Nile to Open 50 New Showrooms
    (nationaljeweler.com - 10/5/2020)
  • The jewelry e-tailer announced its brick-and-mortar expansion Monday, with plans to open 50 new locations in the top 50 metro-area markets in the U.S. over the next three years. There are currently five showrooms in the U.S., in New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Virginia and Washington.   (full story)

  • Costco Opens New Stores in Midland, Michigan; South Salem, Oregon; and Quebec, Canada
    (andnowuknow.com - 10/5/2020)
  • Costco is on an expansion spree as of late, announcing three new locations within the past two weeks. The wholesale retailer will be opening up new sites in several markets including Canada, Michigan, and Oregon.  (full story)

  • Scooter’s Coffee Continues Further Expansion in Florida
    (franchising.com - 10/5/2020)
  • In line with its successful and robust grand opening strategy, Scooter’s Coffee recently opened five locations throughout Kansas and Missouri, opened the second location in the state of Arkansas, and is opening additional locations in markets such as Dallas, Texas, and Denver, Colorado.   (full story)

  • QuikTrip Sets Its Sights on Tennessee
    (csnews.com - 10/5/2020)
  • In addition to Chattanooga, QuikTrip plans to open more locations in the state of Tennessee, including in the Nashville area.  (full story)

  • Marco’s Pizza to Open Milestone 1,000th Store in October
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/2/2020)
  • Marco’s remained committed to growth in 2020 – opening 51 stores thus far with upwards of 80 locations expected to open total this year. Plus, it has 89 new store commitments in the pipeline, and recorded historic sales milestones.  (full story)

  • Kwik Chek Rebrand Emphasizes Texas Roots
    (cspdailynews.com - 10/2/2020)
  • Convenience-store retailer Kwik Chek plans to rebrand all of its locations to Texas Born (TXB). Two new TXB stores are already under construction in Georgetown and Bee Cave, Texas, with a third location in Cottonwood Shores, Texas, to follow soon.  (full story)

  • Dick’s SG Announces Grand Opening Of 11 Stores, New Soccer Shops
    (sgbonline.com - 10/2/2020)
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods will expand its national footprint with the opening of six Dick’s Sporting Goods stores, two combination Dick’s and Golf Galaxy locations and three Dick’s Sporting Goods Warehouse Sale locations in October.  (full story)

  • Fajita Pete's Continues Texas Expansion With 15 New Restaurants
    (prnewswire.com - 10/2/2020)
  • Fajita Pete's, continues its aggressive growth with signed agreements for 15 new Texas restaurants, including five in Austin, a new market for the brand. The company is also adding five locations in Dallas and five locations in Houston.  (full story)

  • Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Doubles Down with Las Vegas Expansion Plans
    (franchising.com - 10/2/2020)
  • Woof Gang Bakery, the leader in specialty pet retail and grooming with more than 130 locations across the U.S., will celebrate the grand opening of the company’s third Las Vegas area franchise this month. Two additional Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming locations will open in Las Vegas in 2021.  (full story)

  • Toasted Yolk Café Plans Two New Openings
    (fsrmagazine.com - 10/2/2020)
  • Two different Toasted Yolk Café franchisees signed new leases for restaurant spaces in League City and Bellaire, Texas. These two new restaurants are Toasted Yolk Café’s 15th and 16th locations.  (full story)

  • GB Auto Service Acquires Tate Boys
    (moderntiredealer.com - 10/1/2020)
  • GB Auto Service Inc. has acquired Tate Boys Tire & Service, a seven-store operation in northeast Oklahoma. The deal expands the presence of GB Auto Service into five states.  (full story)








     

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