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  • Batteries Plus doubles North Carolina stores
    ( - 6/18/2021)
  • Batteries Plus is bringing eight new stores to the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina over the next three years.  (full story)

  • Black Bear Diner Embraces Post-Pandemic Growth
    ( - 6/18/2021)
  • But Black Bear Diner is reenergizing its development plans, starting with the new Texas and California locations.  (full story)

  • MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Is on Track To Open 100 Locations Across Ohio
    ( - 6/18/2021)
  • MOOYAH is currently planning to open 16 units total in 2021 and aims to have 10 new locations in Ohio by the end of 2023. The brand says, however, this expansion is just the beginning.  (full story)

  • Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders Hits 200 Franchises Sold
    ( - 6/16/2021)
  • These latest additions bring Huey Magoo’s to eight states: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina and Ohio, with many more new franchises on the horizon.  (full story)

  • Wingers Spurs Franchise Growth in Colorado and Wyoming
    ( - 6/16/2021)
  • Wingers USA, Inc. CEO Eric Slaymaker announced today that the company has signed an area development agreement with Jeff Creer, Managing Partner of Vernal VW, LLC, to add new restaurants in Grand Junction, Colorado and Rock Springs, Wyoming to its pipeline.  (full story)

  • Lightbridge Academy announces plans to open 150-plus locations by 2026
    ( - 6/16/2021)
  • The catalyst for this accelerated growth plan is an infusion of capital from investment partners Westerly Group & Elmsley Capital.  (full story)

  • Expansion at Dave's Hot Chicken Hits New Gear
    ( - 6/16/2021)
  • To put a number on that dream, Dave’s sold the rights to 285 locations in 2020. That figure is now in the 400 range, which includes more than a dozen states and markets like Boston; Oklahoma City; Indianapolis; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Cleveland; and Columbus, Ohio.  (full story)

  • Taco John’s Inks 10-Unit Deal to Grow in Colorado
    ( - 6/15/2021)
  • As part of a 10-unit franchise agreement, the brand will be further expanding into the Northern Colorado market. Dejbakhsh is purchasing five of Taco John’s existing units and is contracted to build five new locations.  (full story)

  • Pancheros Mexican Grill Names Joe Gale to Director of Franchise Development
    ( - 6/14/2021)
  • Gale’s addition to the Pancheros team comes at a very exciting time for the brand, as it continues to expand through new unit growth, including openings coming soon in Peoria, Moline IL, Bismarck, ND and Cherry Hills, NJ.  (full story)

  • D1 Training Doubles Tennessee Locations to Eight After Signing Four Agreements
    ( - 6/14/2021)
  • D1 Training, has announced the signing of four franchise agreements, including one multi-unit, to bring five new locations to the state of Tennessee.  (full story)

  • Pet Wants Reports Record-Setting Franchise Development Growth in Q1
    ( - 6/14/2021)
  • Pet Wants closed an impressive 14 new deals with more than 20 additional deals in progress at the close of first quarter - putting the organization at well more than halfway to its goal of opening 47 new franchise territories by the end of the year.  (full story)

  • The Halal Guys Ramps up Western Expansion With First Colorado Location
    ( - 6/14/2021)
  • This is the first of many locations they plan to open in Colorado, stretching from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, and Bui and Than are already scouting spaces for their next location.  (full story)

  • Shuckin’ Shack's VP of Marketing Discusses Ways Franchises Aim to Attract Consumers
    ( - 6/14/2021)
  • But the overall goal is simple: “We just want to open healthy restaurants this year,” said Weathington. “If that means three or 12, then that’s what we’re going to do. Realistically, I hope to open 3 to five units this year.”  (full story)

  • Slim Chickens Inks Deal to Expand in Alabama
    ( - 6/14/2021)
  • Slim Chickens announced it has inked a deal to bring nine locations to cities throughout Alabama. Legends Development, LLC, which consists of Dana Price and Alan Renfroe, will be bringing the restaurants to several key trade areas.  (full story)

  • 110 Grill and Evviva Trattoria Opening New Locations on June 16
    ( - 6/14/2021)
  • These openings will mark the 35th location for 110 Grill and the 5th for Evviva Trattoria. Both restaurants will be located at 200 Exchange Street, on the ground floor of Exchange 200.  (full story)

  • Mister Car Wash Opens 12th Store in Albuquerque
    ( - 6/14/2021)
  • Mister Car Wash's presence in New Mexico continues to expand with the May 29th opening of its newest location...  (full story)

  • Charlotte’s Bojangles details new expansion plans as it continues to cross the country
    ( - 6/14/2021)
  • Charlotte-based chicken and biscuits restaurant chain Bojangles on Monday detailed its plans to open stores in the Lone Star State...Over 25 restaurants will open in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston area...  (full story)

  • Hermès Entering Detroit Market as Retail Count in U.S. Grows
    ( - 6/11/2021)
  • The Michigan store is one of several the brand has planned for this year in the run-up to its major move: the consolidation of its two existing Madison Avenue stores into one massive flagship nearby in the fall of next year.  (full story)

  • Fast Casual Hawaiian Restaurant Chain Plots a North Texas Takeover
    ( - 6/11/2021)
  • After these four North Texas openings, Cameron and Tyler McNie plan to open even more new restaurants. There will be 18 locations total across America by the end of July alone. These Hawaii obsessed brothers do not like to waste time.  (full story)

  • Advance Auto Parts Expands Presence in the Pacific Northwest
    ( - 6/11/2021)
  • Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts retailer, announced a business agreement with Portland, Ore.-based Baxter Auto Parts to convert 29 stores across the Pacific Northwest to Carquest locations.  (full story)

  • Ocean State Job Lot Opens 6th NJ Store At Vacant Toys 'R Us Lot
    ( - 6/10/2021)
  • Job Lot plans to open its sixth New Jersey store...The retailer, headquartered in Rhode Island, operates 146 discount stores across the Northeast...  (full story)

  • The Joint Corp. Enters New Market, First Clinic in a Series of Six Planned Corporate Clinics
    ( - 6/9/2021)
  • The Joint Corp., the nation’s largest operator, manager, and franchisor of chiropractic clinics, opened a new corporate clinic in Virginia Beach, VA. This is the first of six greenfield clinics scheduled to open in Virginia in 2021.  (full story)

  • Paris Baguette Debuts in Cincinnati Market, with Plans to Grow
    ( - 6/9/2021)
  • Paris Baguette, the 4,000-plus-unit global bakery cafe franchise with 90 locations across the U.S., is looking to revitalize the nation’s bakery cafe space by adding 1,000 new U.S. stores before 2030.  (full story)

  • Retail sales to exceed $4.44 trillion in 2021, as NRF revises annual forecast upward
    ( - 6/9/2021)
  • The revised forecast surpasses NRF’s initial projection of at least 6.5% growth which was made in February.  (full story)

  • Salvation Army opens in Thomson
    ( - 6/8/2021)
  • Salvation Army held a ribbon cutting in their new Thomson location on Monday, June 7...  (full story)

  • Wienerschnitzel Riding Record-Breaking Sales into Midwest Expansion
    ( - 6/8/2021)
  • The incentive specifically targets qualified franchise partners looking to diversify their portfolios in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—as well as Oregon and Mississippi—states that Bills and his team believe are a perfect fit for Wienerschnitzel.  (full story)

  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Expands Nationwide Footprint with the Addition of Wyoming
    ( - 6/8/2021)
  • The fast-casual taco brand has partnered with Casper, Wyoming-based Johnson Restaurant Group to bring Fuzzy’s to the market, with plans to continue expansion into Montana as part of a five-store agreement.  (full story)

  • After Opening 14 Locations in 2020, Great American Cookies is Poised to Cross the 300-Unit Mark
    ( - 6/8/2021)
  • With its sights set on continued franchise development, the fun and celebratory cookie brand is on track to open another 31 new locations this year, crossing the 300-unit mark by the end of 2022.  (full story)

  • Pizza Factory Hatches New Express Model to Fuel Expansion
    ( - 6/8/2021)
  • Pizza Factory is looking for more multi-unit operators in Georgia and the Southeast, as well as Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, and Washington.  (full story)

  • Jack in the Box Reveals its Restaurant of the Future
    ( - 6/8/2021)
  • The chain recently signed franchise agreements with eight operators that will result in 23 stores, or more than 6 percent growth of their 358 combined locations.  (full story)

  • Freddy's Unveils COVID-Inspired Prototype Ready to Grow
    ( - 6/7/2021)
  • It also signed six new development groups that committed to more than 60 development options and signed development agreements with existing franchisees who agreed to target additional territories and more than 70 new restaurant options.  (full story)

  • Greek from Greece Café on Pace to Double Footprint in 2021
    ( - 6/7/2021)
  • The game-changing brand is growing from 10 to at least 14 locations in 2021, confirming its position as the fastest-growing Greek fast casual brand in the country.  (full story)

  • Zips Dry Cleaners Names Bob Barry President/CEO
    ( - 6/7/2021)
  • ZIPS will get a boost in the Southeast later this year when implementation commences on a 10-unit deal for Charlotte, N.C., signed shortly before the pandemic began. The company also recently completed a deal that will yield 20 stores in the Atlanta market.  (full story)

  • Is Costco Stock a Buy After Q3 Earnings?
    ( - 6/6/2021)
  • Costco plans on adding an estimated 21, 25, and 25 net new stores in this and the next two fiscal years, respectively...  (full story)

  • Five Below Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results
    ( - 6/5/2021)
  • The Company opened 67 net new stores and ended the quarter with 1,087 stores in 39 states...  (full story)

  • Tilly's Q1 2021 Earnings Call Transcript
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • We have added two additional new stores to fiscal 2021 since our last earnings call, bringing the total new store count for the year to nine from seven...  (full story)

  • Auntie Anne's Opens First Drive-Thru Store
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • More than 25 percent of Jamba units have a drive-thru, and the chain is “aggressively looking” to add drive-thru to 50 percent of new locations. Focus Brands said the chain is already receiving interest from franchisees to add Auntie Anne’s.  (full story)

  • Express narrows loss; to expand smaller-store format
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • On the company's earnings call, Baxter said the chain plans to expand its new, smaller-store format, Express Edit, with plans to operate approximately 10 Express Edit Concept Stores by the end of this year.  (full story)

  • Dunham’s Sports Plans To Open 11 New Stores In Back Half Of 2021
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • “This announcement reflects the continued strength of our business and is just the first step in our accelerated growth plans,” said David Lynn, president, Dunham’s Sports.  (full story)

  • Sprouts grocery plans growth spurt, with 40-50 more Florida stores as Orlando supply hub opens
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • Looking to grow in Florida, Sprouts Farmers Market could open another 40 to 50 stores in the state in coming years...  (full story)

  • A&W Targets Milwaukee and Upper Midwest for Franchise Growth
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • A&W Restaurants, says the Milwaukee area will play a key part in an aggressive 20-unit growth goal for this year.  (full story)

  • Alamo Drafthouse is out of bankruptcy and opening 5 new locations across northeast, midwest
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • Next year, Alamo Drafthouse plans to open its National Landing at Crystal City location in Arlington, Virginia, as well as locations in St. Louis and Staten Island.  (full story)

  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice Continues to Dominate the QSR Dessert Space
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • Already this year, the brand has successfully opened 11 new franchise locations, exceeding the 10 locations it opened in all of 2020, and is on track to open an additional 25 - 30 locations by year’s end.  (full story)

  • After A Successful 2020, Pretzelmaker Prepares to Open Five New Units in 2021
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • Now, as the world begins to reopen and consumers return to shopping centers, malls and other high-traffic retail venues, Pretzelmaker plans to open five new units by the end of 2021.  (full story)

  • Round Table Pizza Proves Pandemic-Proof, Inks 23 New New Deals in Q1 2021
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • The brand footprint is expected to reach 500 locations in the next two years, providing an opportunity for franchisees to join a growth-oriented brand with the prowess of an established name and a detailed operational plan.  (full story)

  • At 100, Teriyaki Madness Tracks Toward 500
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • "It took a lot longer than I thought it would," said Haith, he's focused the next goal. "We built a five-year strategy, the next goal isn’t 200 but 500."  (full story)

  • Freebirds World Burrito Ready to Grow Again
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • The main areas of expansion will be across Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, though the growth will see locations open across the state.  (full story)

  • Culture-focused LunchboxWax Sets Smooth Course for Rapid Expansion
    ( - 6/4/2021)
  • LunchboxWax is eyeing expansion in notable target markets such as Chicago, Atlanta, New Jersey, the New York metropolitan area, and throughout the states of Texas, Florida and Connecticut.  (full story)

  • Conn’s expands to 'fifth fastest-growing city' in the U.S.
    ( - 6/3/2021)
  • Conn's has opened its seventh store in the Sunshine State...  (full story)

  • STK, Kona Grill Experience Sales Explosion
    ( - 6/2/2021)
  • Three more STK stores and four managed F&B venues are under construction. Between 2021 and 2022, The ONE Group plans to open 13 new stores, including eight STK locations and five F&B venues.  (full story)


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