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  • Kum & Go Enters Utah
    (cspdailynews.com - 5/18/2021)
  • Convenience retailer Kum & Go will enter the Utah market with a series of 30 Salt Lake City-area stores set to open in 2022.  (full story)

  • QDOBA Mexican Eats Continues National Expansion with 15-Unit Franchise Development Agreement
    (franchising.com - 5/18/2021)
  • TIG Queso’s development of 15 new restaurants - 10 units in the New York Tri-State area and five locations in Southwest Florida.  (full story)

  • Buff City Soap’s Greater St. Louis Makery To Be Its 100th Location
    (franchising.com - 5/18/2021)
  • The Chesterfield store is the second Buff City Soap location to open in Greater St. Louis with the original Makery found in St. Charles.  (full story)

  • Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen Signs 5-Unit Franchise Deal in Texas
    (franchising.com - 5/18/2021)
  • Russo's, has signed a new multi-unit franchise agreement that will increase Russo's presence in Texas with new restaurants in Galveston, Bender's Landing and Spring.   (full story)

  • MOD Pizza Surpasses 500 Store Milestone, Celebrates With “500 Seconds of MODness” Pizza Giveaway
    (businesswire.com - 5/17/2021)
  • “It has been an incredible journey to 500 stores, and we can’t wait to show some MOD love to our amazing customers who helped us reach this milestone,” said Scott and Ally Svenson, co-founders of MOD Pizza.  (full story)

  • New Franchisees Ready to Expand with Take 5 Oil Change
    (franchising.com - 5/17/2021)
  • Shaun Norton and Brian Leas, who are partners in Bruin Oil, LLC, are planning to develop 12 units in the greater Pittsburgh, PA, market.  (full story)

  • Whole Foods has 40 stores in its pipeline; announces organizational changes
    (chainstoreage.com - 5/14/2021)
  • In a release outlining its recent progress and growth strategies, the Amazon-owned natural and organics grocery store retailer said it has nearly 40 new stores in the pipeline...  (full story)

  • Chicken Salad Chick Opens In Gainesville, Florida
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 5/14/2021)
  • Just two years later, he is bringing the brand to the popular college town of Gainesville, Florida and plans to develop future restaurants alongside his brother and franchising partner, Bryan, in Wellington and Jupiter by 2022.  (full story)

  • Wendy's Franchisee to Open Six Stores Across Florida and Tennessee
    (qsrmagazine.com - 5/14/2021)
  • The new restaurants are scheduled to open between mid-May and late June in Central and South Florida, as well as the Knoxville, Tennessee, area.  (full story)

  • Fajita Pete's Inks 10-Store Deal with G&S Business for Greater North Dallas Locations
    (franchising.com - 5/14/2021)
  • The G&S team, made up of David Howell, Richard Howell and Pat "Wheels" Smith, has deep experience with powerhouse brands.  (full story)

  • Smart & Final to Be Acquired by Bodega Latina
    (progressivegrocer.com - 5/14/2021)
  • Smart & Final, headquartered in Commerce, California, was most recently owned by investment firm Apollo Global Management.  (full story)

  • National Vision Holdings, Inc. Q1 2021 Earnings Call Transcript
    (fool.com - 5/14/2021)
  • We opened 25 new stores during the quarter and ended with 1,230 locations for a 4.9% increase in store count versus last year.  (full story)

  • Meijer Opens New Supercenters In Ohio And Indiana
    (theshelbyreport.com - 5/14/2021)
  • Located in Seven Hills and Boardman, Ohio, and Westfield, Indiana, the 155,000-square-foot stores offer a state-of-the-art shopping experience, providing customers multiple ways to shop in a specialty store environment.  (full story)

  • Outer Banks Boil Company Sets Sights on a Baltimore Homecoming
    (restaurantnews.com - 5/14/2021)
  • The brand now eyes the seafood-loving city of Baltimore with plans for future expansion through franchising.  (full story)

  • Roark Capital Buys Nothing Bundt Cakes
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 5/14/2021)
  • Roark Capital has acquired the 390-unit bakery chain Nothing Bundt Cakes from Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, the two private equity firms said on Friday.  (full story)

  • Del Taco Fires Up Florida Development with New Multi-Unit Franchise Deal and New Restaurant Growth
    (finance.yahoo.com - 5/14/2021)
  • Del Taco, the nation’s second largest Mexican quick-service restaurant chain, announced continued growth plans in Florida as new multi-unit franchisees drive development across the region.  (full story)

  • Grocery Outlet Q1 earnings up despite pandemic-related sales dip
    (supermarketnews.com - 5/13/2021)
  • During the first quarter, Grocery Outlet opened 10 new stores and closed one location, ending the period with 389 stores...  (full story)

  • Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results
    (businesswire.com - 5/13/2021)
  • For the fiscal year ended March 27, 2021...The Company opened 15 new stores...  (full story)

  • Juice giant in Burnaby part of staggering seven-figure loss amid COVID-19
    (burnabynow.com - 5/13/2021)
  • Freshii's total number of stores was down 10 from the fourth quarter of 2020 after it opened seven new stores in the quarter but closed 17 locations...  (full story)

  • After a Successful Start to 2021, Big Blue Swim School is Ready to Continue Its Momentum
    (franchising.com - 5/13/2021)
  • This year, the brand acquired Tom Dolan Swim School with two locations in Northern Virginia. They also signed leases for new locations in O'Fallon, Missouri; Fairfax, Virginia; and Pembroke Pines, Florida.  (full story)

  • Robert Redford's Sundance Catalog Opens New Store in Westport, Connecticut
    (prnewswire.com - 5/12/2021)
  • The Sundance Store in downtown Westport is one of three new stores to open across the country for the retailer this year.  (full story)

  • Ollie’s opens milestone store; taps Christmas Tree Shops vet as COO
    (chainstoreage.com - 5/12/2021)
  • The closeout retailer has opened its 400th store, in Springfield, Vermont. The new location is the first Ollie's in the state of Vermont, officially expanding the company's footprint into 26 states.  (full story)

  • SoBol Opens Its 50th Franchise Location and First In North Carolina
    (franchising.com - 5/12/2021)
  • The new store’s owners, Jenny and Lloyd Goldstein, are excited to embark on this new journey and have plans to open two more locations in the Triangle region.  (full story)

  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Announces the Signing of Four Multi-Unit Agreements
    (franchising.com - 5/12/2021)
  • The 29 restaurants will be developed by four different franchise groups across Southern California, Central Florida, Texas, and Ohio.  (full story)

  • Curaleaf Blows Past Expectations in Q1 With Even Bigger Opportunities Ahead
    (fool.com - 5/11/2021)
  • This impressive growth was driven in large part by the opening of new stores in Florida, Maine, and Pennsylvania and the launch of Arizona's adult-use marijuana market, which opened in Q1...  (full story)

  • Paper Source to be acquired in Ch. 11 by owner of Barnes & Noble
    (retaildive.com - 5/11/2021)
  • Paper Source named Elliott Investment Management as the successful bidder in a process for the specialty retailer to sell itself in Chapter 11...  (full story)

  • Hoots Wings Launches Development Efforts on the East Coast with Multi-Unit Agreement
    (restaurantnews.com - 5/11/2021)
  • Hooters, the fast-casual wing concept has plans to bring 50 locations to key markets across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in the next five years.  (full story)

  • Captain D’s Accelerates Growth in Texas with New Restaurant Opening in Gun Barrel City
    (restaurantnews.com - 5/11/2021)
  • Behind Captain D’s recent Texas growth is distinguished multi-unit franchisee, Sajib Singha of Bonham Foods, LLC. The Gun Barrel City restaurant marks Singha’s third Captain D’s franchise in a year’s time.  (full story)

  • Torchy's Tacos Opens in Raleigh, North Carolina
    (qsrmagazine.com - 5/11/2021)
  • In addition to the new Raleigh location, Torchy’s Tacos continues to grow across the U.S. with recent openings in Indiana, Ohio and Texas and recently announced plans to expand into Tennessee.  (full story)

  • Russo's New York Pizzeria Signs 5-Unit Deal for Fresno, California
    (qsrmagazine.com - 5/11/2021)
  • The five restaurants will be owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Katharina and Don Haines.  (full story)

  • Wienerschnitzel Continues Its Record-Breaking Sales in 2021
    (restaurantnews.com - 5/11/2021)
  • Wienerschnitzel, has planted roots with new franchise partners in three open markets thanks to a 20-unit deal in Louisiana, a 7-store deal in Houston and a 3-store deal in Boise, Idaho.  (full story)

  • New Store Openings Set For City Gear And Hibbett Sports
    (sgbonline.com - 5/10/2021)
  • Hibbett announced store opening plans for one Hibbett Sports in Houston and two City Gear locations in Florida.  (full story)

  • Giant Co. Announces Plans For 4 New Stores In Philadelphia By 2023
    (theshelbyreport.com - 5/10/2021)
  • The three new Giants in the city include: a 46,000-square-foot store at Columbus Boulevard and Reed Street; a 50,000-square-foot site at North Broad and Spring Garden Streets; and a 40,000-square-foot location at South Broad Street and Washington Avenue.  (full story)

  • Urban Air Adventure Park Signs 19 New Franchise Agreements in Past 90 Days
    (franchising.com - 5/7/2021)
  • In April alone, the brand inked 12 new franchise deals and in the past 90 days, Urban Air has surpassed the total number of new stores signed compared to all of 2020.  (full story)

  • Trio of Franchisees to Expand Optical Retail Brand in Dallas and Austin Areas
    (franchising.com - 5/7/2021)
  • The franchisees, Arash Ghanbari, Victor Mankrious, and Sameh Bekhit plan to open eight locations over the next three years with four in each market.  (full story)

  • Smoothie King Targets Greater Philadelphia for Expansion
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 5/7/2021)
  • Given the successes of these Smoothie King locations, the brand has another six units currently in development in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.  (full story)

  • Twin Peaks Expands Florida Footprint with New Area Development Agreement
    (franchising.com - 5/7/2021)
  • Twin Peaks CEO Joe Hummel announced today that the company has executed an area development agreement with Moussa Haidar of Haidar Estates, LLC to grow the brand and open lodges in both Jacksonville and Tallahassee.  (full story)

  • Joint Corp. Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
    (franchising.com - 5/7/2021)
  • The expected number of franchised clinic openings remains between 80 and 100, compared to 70 in 2020.  (full story)

  • ABG and Simon continue buying streak with acquisition of Eddie Bauer
    (glossy.co - 5/7/2021)
  • Eddie Bauer is the latest in a long string of acquisitions by ABG. It acquired Barneys, Brooks Brothers, JCPenney, Forever 21 and Lucky Brand in the last year and a half, many of them after they had gone through bankruptcy.  (full story)

  • Dave’s Hot Chicken Brings Eight Units to Oklahoma With New Development Deal
    (franchising.com - 5/7/2021)
  • Dave’s Hot Chicken announced today it has inked a franchise agreement with brothers Kory and Kelly Allen, Brian Bogert, Cole Lipscomb and Courtney Mankin to open eight locations throughout the Oklahoma City area.  (full story)

  • Natural Grocers Comps Decline 7% in Q2
    (progressivegrocer.com - 5/7/2021)
  • During the second quarter, the company opened one new store and remodeled one store, ending the quarter with a total store count of 161 stores in 20 states  (full story)

  • Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 5/7/2021)
  • We currently expect to open a total of six new Company-owned restaurants by the end of 2022: two to three new restaurants in 2021 and three to four new restaurants in 2022.  (full story)

  • Popular Restaurant Chain Whataburger Expanding To The Mid-South
    (iheart.com - 5/6/2021)
  • While there are no Whataburgers in Tennessee, the chain plans to open several locations around Nashville, starting with Hermitage. The closest Whataburger locations are currently in Ridgeland and Vicksburg, Mississippi.  (full story)

  • Freddy's Frozen Custard Gets A New CEO IN Chris Dull
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 5/6/2021)
  • The chain is opening six restaurants during its first quarter and plans to open more than 50 units through the rest of the year.  (full story)

  • At Home acquired for $2.8 billion
    (chainstoreage.com - 5/6/2021)
  • At Home, whose stores average about 100,000 sq. ft. and sell more than 50,000 home décor items, plans to open 12 to 15 stores across the country this year.  (full story)

  • Refuel to Acquire Wag-A-Bag
    (cspdailynews.com - 5/5/2021)
  • Refuel Operating Co. LLC has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Wag-A-Bag LLC, which owns and operates 16 convenience stores under the Wag-A-Bag brand in the greater Austin, Texas, market.  (full story)

  • Puttshack Gets $60M Investment
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 5/5/2021)
  • The emerging food-and-indoor mini golf concept, from the founder of Topgolf, plans to open “multiple new U.S. locations” next year.  (full story)

  • Rita's Italian Ice Signs Deal to Expand in Kentucky
    (qsrmagazine.com - 5/5/2021)
  • This development is part of a larger goal to bring additional locations to markets such as Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Covington and Florence.  (full story)

  • Jack’s Opens Milestone 200th Location
    (qsrmagazine.com - 5/5/2021)
  • Jack’s Family Restaurants will open its 200th company-owned restaurant in Louisville, Mississippi, on May 5, 2021.  (full story)

  • LunchboxWax Signs Agreement for First Three Locations in Atlanta
    (franchising.com - 5/5/2021)
  • LeBlanc is also eyeing Buckhead, Midtown and other surrounding Atlanta suburbs for her other two locations.  (full story)








     

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