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  • Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza Announces First Texas Location
    ( - 8/17/2022)
  • This will be the first Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza & Taproom the Lauchlan family intends on opening, with plans for additional locations in the near future.  (full story)

  • Eggs Up Grill continues explosive growth, signs largest development agreement in brand history
    ( - 8/17/2022)
  • Alliance Food Group owners Ron Donaldson and Ron Donaldson, Jr., will exclusively develop 30 Eggs Up Grill restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. The deal comes on the heels of accelerating growth for the Brand, which has doubled its size over the last three years.  (full story)

  • Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Sets Milestone with 100th Store Celebration
    ( - 8/17/2022)
  • While several restaurants struggled to rebound from the difficulties of the pandemic and ongoing harsh economic conditions, Taziki’s has thrived. Taziki’s currently has 10 restaurants in the development phase, with each one expected to open within the next six months.  (full story)

  • Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken Expands in Kansas City
    ( - 8/17/2022)
  • Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken is slated for record expansion following another year of franchisee success. With plans for at least 20 new corporate locations currently under development, Rise will aim to more than double its current footprint in 2022 with new stores planned for Maryland, California, Tennessee, Florida and more.  (full story)

  • Le Macaron French Pastries Latest Openings Cement Position as #1 Macaron Franchise in the United Sta
    ( - 8/17/2022)
  • Le Macaron French Pastries, announced four new locations this month in Alabama, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. The openings solidify the brand’s position as the top French Patisserie with 64 locations nationwide and at least 10 additional stores planned by the end of the year.  (full story)

  • Piccadilly buys K&W Cafeterias, plans to keep 11 existing locations open
    ( - 8/17/2022)
  • Piccadilly plans to keep all 11 current K&W restaurants open and does not expect to make any layoffs at the struggling cafeteria chain. The acquisition adds to Piccadilly’s current roster of 33 locations across the Southeast, although the company previously had no locations in North Carolina.  (full story)

  • Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill Welcomes Nico Nieto as CMO
    ( - 8/16/2022)
  • Naf is currently expanding nationwide, adding 7 locations – including three in new markets – in the first half of 2022, with another four projected by the end of the year. Based in Chicago, the emerging brand has 35 locations currently with plans to add another 15 by the end of 2023.  (full story)

  • Pokemoto signs three new franchise agreements in Connecticut
    ( - 8/16/2022)
  • Over the summer months, the Hawaiian poke chain announced it’s entrance into three new states – Kansas, Tennessee and Texas, bringing the brands overall presence to 13 states once the locations are opened. The company currently has 11 locations in the construction phase preparing to open in the coming weeks and early fall.  (full story)

  • Paris Baguette On Track to Open 40 Locations in 2022
    ( - 8/16/2022)
  • Paris Baguette currently operates in 14 states with a focus on expanding to a nationwide footprint in top-tier markets through a combined strategic approach of corporate-owned and franchise locations; franchise agreements have been signed to expand across 25 states.  (full story)

  • Checkers & Rally's Kicks off First Half of 2022 with Strong Development Growth and Recognition
    ( - 8/15/2022)
  • With a healthy new restaurant pipeline, the Company has opened 11 locations so far in 2022, with upwards of another 40 expected to open by year's end in key markets across the country.  (full story)

  • Big Blue Swim School Announces Expansion Into North Carolina
    ( - 8/15/2022)
  • Big Blue Swim School, one of the country’s fastest-growing franchises in the $3 billion learn-to-swim industry, announces plans to open three swim schools in North Carolina in 2023. Franchise partners Woody Alpern and Gerry Benjamin signed leases to open two schools in Charlotte and one in Raleigh.  (full story)

  • Lightbridge Academy Announces Craig Murray as New Chief Development Officer
    ( - 8/14/2022)
  • By the end of 2022, the Lightbridge team hopes to add 15 new centers across the country and is targeting several markets primed for growth, including Texas, Virginia and Florida.  (full story)

  • Scissors & Scotch Adds to Senior Staff Amid Rapid Growth
    ( - 8/14/2022)
  • She’ll be a critical member of a company that has risen to 21 locations across nine states (with 40+ more locations sold and/or currently under development). The front office brass recognized the need for internal growth amid such a surge in business.  (full story)

  • Grocery Outlet’s Q2 Shows ‘Continued Momentum’
    ( - 8/13/2022)
  • Reporting its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 ended July 2, Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. revealed a net sales increase of 15.7% to $897.7 million..the opening of seven new stores, for a total of 425 locations in eight states at the end of the quarter...  (full story)

  • Meet the New Scalable Franchise Model from Pet Wants
    ( - 8/13/2022)
  • Now, with plans to have over 200 units open by 2024 and a goal of signing 60 new locations in 2022, the time has never been better for savvy entrepreneurs to leverage the support of Pet Wants’ proven brand and scalable business model to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.  (full story)

  • Mendocino Farms Opens Milestone 50th Location in Encinitas
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • "We've always stayed true to being a neighborhood gathering spot for fresh, flavorful food, so the family-friendly community of Encinitas is the perfect place for Mendocino Farms to grow in San Diego," said Kevin Miles, CEO of Mendocino Farms.  (full story)

  • Why Heyday is Targeting Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Franchise Development
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • As Heyday transforms the $7 billion skincare services industry, the brand is rapidly expanding nationwide. Aiming to award 142 total units before the end of 2022 and open at least 300 locations by 2026, Heyday is targeting key markets across the U.S. for franchise development.   (full story)

  • Caribou Coffee Growth Will ‘Radiate Out from Centers,’ Says New Franchise Leader
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • The coffee chain did not release any number goals of how many franchise stores it hopes to open, but it's targeting multi-unit restaurant operators who are interested in opening at least 10 coffeehouses throughout the Midwest and Southeast.  (full story)

  • Q2 gives Slim Chickens something to cluck about
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • Slim Chickens is hatching major growth plans, inking over 120 development agreements in 2022 and bringing the total of units in development to over 900. The chain has added 25 locations this year, helping it to garner a $3,864,513 AUV, which is a 13.6% increase year-over-year," Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development.  (full story)

  • The Camp Transformation Center Lunges Towards Explosive Growth
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • The brand started 2022 with 106 gyms operating across the nation. By July, that number jumped to 113. The Camp has awarded 15 new licenses this year with nearly half of those allotted to existing franchise partners. The Camp is on pace to open 10 more facilities by the end of the year and estimate to have an additional 21 open by the end of 2023.  (full story)

  • BurgerFi Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • 13-17 new BurgerFi brand restaurant openings, most of which will be franchised locations (3 corporate-owned 10-14 franchises) as well as up to 30 BurgerFi Gopuff locations this year.  (full story)

  • National Vision Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • The Company opened 22 new stores and ended the quarter with 1,314 stores. Overall, store count grew 5.2% from July 3, 2021 to July 2, 2022...  (full story)

  • Publix Continues its Home State Expansion with New Store in Jacksonville
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • The Lakeland, Florida-based grocer continues to expand its footprint in its home continuing its expansion in the Carolinas and Kentucky as well...  (full story)

  • Sweetgreen on track for 1K units by 2030 despite profitability issues
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • The company had 166 company-operated restaurants open as of June 26, according to its 10-Q filing. Neman said Sweetgreen remains on track to double its footprint over the next three to five years and to reach 1,000 restaurants by the end of the decade.  (full story)

  • Store opening announcements keep pace with 2021
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • Additionally, they announced plans to close about 895 stores, down 63 percent from roughly 2,410 closing announcements during the same time last year.  (full story)

  • Your CBD Store | SUNMED Announces Mid-Year Franchise Growth, New Product Launches, and More
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • Your CBD Store | SUNMED™ today announced the addition of 37 new franchise locations in the United States in Q1 and Q2 slated to open in the coming months, with another 10 franchise owners joining the brand’s network of store owners by the end of June.  (full story)

  • Amazon Fresh Continues its Fast Growth, Opening a New Washington Store
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • The retail giant's grocery chain, which opened its first brick-and-mortar store almost exactly two years ago, continues to expand across the country, with markets in Washington, Washington, D.C., California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  (full story)

  • Black Bear Diner Opens New Location in McAllen, Texas
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • Black Bear Diner aims to have all seven Texas locations in operation by the end of 2022. Beyond Texas, Black Bear Diner plans to open two locations in California, one diner in Arizona, and one restaurant in Utah before the end of 2022, bringing the total anticipated openings in 2022 to 14.  (full story)

  • Dutch Bros. on track for 130 new stores in 2022; Q2 revenue jumps
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • The fast-growing coffee opened 65 stores during the second quarter — including its 600th location — and is on track for at least 130 openings for the full year.  (full story)

  • Warby Parker remains committed to store expansion; cuts guidance
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • The digitally native company opened nine stores during the quarter, for a total of 178 brick-and-mortar locations, and is on track to open 40 stores by year-end. Warby has said it sees the potential for more than 900 stores.  (full story)

  • Bolay to open first drive-thru unit in Tampa, Fla.
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • Bolay Fresh Bold Kitchen, known for its gluten-free signature bowls or “bols,” plans to open its first drive-thru location in Tampa, Fla., and to expand to Virginia in September, the company said.  (full story)

  • American Freight Awards 10 Locations In Second Quarter To Franchise Owners Across The Nation
    ( - 8/12/2022)
  • The forthcoming locations will be spread across Georgia, Missouri and Texas and will add to the company’s growing footprint of more than 360 stores.  (full story)

  • BP Expands ampm to East Coast
    ( - 8/11/2022)
  • The store, located in the Bronx, is the first opening for the convenience brand on the East Coast. The location is BP owned and operated and is one of four scheduled store openings on the East Coast.  (full story)

  • Vitality Bowls Signs Growth Deals in Georgia
    ( - 8/10/2022)
  • Chada is planning her first opening for early 2023 in Suwanee. Following this opening, Chada is planning to open an additional location in the John’s Creek area.  (full story)

  • Ace hits the 100 mark
    ( - 8/10/2022)
  • Ace Hardware recently celebrated the opening of its 105th new store in 2022. The company expects to open at least an additional 60 more new stores by the end of the year.  (full story)

  • Double-Digit Franchise Signings & New Openings Fuel Momentous Growth for Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii
    ( - 8/10/2022)
  • Year-to-date development includes five store openings, 14 locations under construction, and an additional 79 units sold. The company also saw a 66% increase in average unit volume compared to last year, up 76% from 2019, which is credited to systemwide investments and enhancements.  (full story)

  • Jack in the Box Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2022 Earnings
    ( - 8/10/2022)
  • As of the third quarter, and since the launch of the development program in mid-2021, the Company currently has 62 signed agreements for a total of 233 restaurants. Under these agreements, 13 restaurants have opened, leaving 220 remaining for future development.  (full story)

  • Ford's Garage Looks to Grow in Tennessee
    ( - 8/10/2022)
  • Ford’s Garage, a budding burger-and-craft-beer franchise inspired by Henry Ford himself, has set its sights on Tennessee for its next wave of expansion. Company plans call for opening as many as five restaurants in Nashville, and 2-3 restaurants across each of the Memphis and Knoxville metro areas.  (full story)

  • Slim Chickens is coming to the Indianapolis area. Here's what you need to know
    ( - 8/9/2022)
  • Franchisee PrimeStar Restaurant Group will open about 40 units across the state, the first being in West Lafayette in early November. Several stores will be in the Indianapolis area, including one in the Traders Point neighborhood in January 2023.  (full story)

  • How Famous Toastery is Investing in Its Corporate Team to Support Franchise Growth
    ( - 8/9/2022)
  • Famous Toastery, the 26-unit breakfast, brunch and lunch franchise, is experiencing major growth this year as it aims to open 50 units — practically doubling its current footprint — by 2024.  (full story)

  • QDOBA to be Purchased by Parent of Modern Market Eatery
    ( - 8/9/2022)
  • Butterfly Equity, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced Tuesday an agreement to purchase QDOBA, the country's largest franchisor in the Mexican fast casual segment.  (full story)

  • MTY Food Group to Buy Famous Dave's Parent for $200M
    ( - 8/9/2022)
  • BBQ Holdings has expanded to nine casual and fast-casual restaurants through a series of M&A moves in recent years. The portfolio now includes Famous Dave's, Village Inn, Granite City, Bakers Square, Real Urban BBQ, Tahoe Joe's, Barrio Queen, Craft Republic Bar & Grill, and Champps Kitchen + Bar.  (full story)

  • Parent company of Zales buys digitally native Blue Nile
    ( - 8/9/2022)
  • "By joining Signet, we will extend our premium brand and fine jewelry offering to millions of new customers while bringing new capabilities to our leading e-commerce business that will drive additional growth opportunities for Blue Nile," said Sean Kell, CEO of Blue Nile.  (full story)

  • Primark continues expansion into new states; announces price freeze
    ( - 8/9/2022)
  • Primark’s newly announced stores will see the brand open its first-ever locations in Maryland and North Carolina, as part of its goal to hit 60 stores in the U.S. by the end of 2026, up from 13 today.  (full story)

  • Scooter's Coffee Announces Expansion in Southeast Illinois
    ( - 8/9/2022)
  • The expansion into Southeast Illinois is the result of franchise agreements signed by Matt and Angela Kade of Elkhorn, Nebraska.  (full story)

  • Westside Pizza focuses on fresh food, franchising
    ( - 8/8/2022)
  • The company is looking to expand in the Western third of the U.S. Roberts said Westside Pizza isn't interested in expanding to the East Coast yet. They're looking at western Montana, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona.  (full story)

  • STK, Kona Grill Use Value to Drive Industry-Leading Results
    ( - 8/8/2022)
  • In the remaining months of 2022, The ONE Group plans to open two corporate STK restaurants and three corporate Kona stores. The company believes there’s room for 200 STK units globally and 200 Kona outlets in the U.S.  (full story)

  • Curaleaf Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results
    ( - 8/8/2022)
  • Added seven new retail dispensaries, closing the quarter with 135 total locations, and serviced nearly 2,200 wholesale partner accounts...  (full story)

  • Allbirds Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
    ( - 8/8/2022)
  • U.S. physical retail channel sales grew nearly 120% compared to 2021; opened five stores in the United States during the quarter and nine since the end of 2021, ending the period with 32 locations in the United States...  (full story)

  • Yesway Opening C-Stores at ‘Furious Pace’
    ( - 8/8/2022)
  • Yesway has opened four new-to-industry Allsup’s-branded locations as the retailer continues its “furious pace” of growth in 2022, opening a total of 30 NTI and relocated convenience stores to date.  (full story)


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