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  • The second Covid-19 spike is forcing retailers like Foot Locker to refocus on e-commerce
    (glossy.co - 11/23/2020)
  • Foot Locker has continued to invest heavily in physical retail over the course of the pandemic, opening 27 new stores during the last quarter...  (full story)

  • Delivery and Takeout Pizza Franchise Expands to Second Major Texas Market
    (franchising.com - 11/23/2020)
  • As part of the agreement for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 20 locations are planned for the near future, which brings the total number of Romeo’s Pizza franchise locations in the works in the Texas market to 40.  (full story)

  • Network Expansion Remains a Key Initiative for TravelCenters of America
    (csnews.com - 11/23/2020)
  • TA signed 23 new franchise agreements since the beginning of 2019. Of those, four began operating last year, 10 have opened year to date, and the company anticipates another nine locations will open by the end of 2021, according to CEO Jonathan Pertchik.  (full story)

  • This Adored Restaurant Chain Just Closed All But One of Its Locations
    (msn.com - 11/23/2020)
  • This time last year, Charlie Brown's had 14 locations, primarily in New Jersey, but thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the grill was forced to shut down a significant portion of its business.  (full story)

  • Zaxby’s Dream of Going National Comes Calling
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/23/2020)
  • After selling a ‘significant’ stake to Goldman Sachs, the 30-year-old chicken chain sets sights on expansion.  (full story)

  • A&W Nears Best Performance in Five Years
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/23/2020)
  • The newest restaurant opened November 9 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. There are six locations under construction. They are scheduled to open in 2021. Franchise agreements have been signed for an additional nine units. All will be either stand-alone A&Ws or convenience store sites.  (full story)

  • Sylvan Learning to Open a New Location Each Week Through the End of 2020
    (franchising.com - 11/23/2020)
  • Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the education franchise is expanding to meet the need for e-learning support. The Sylvan development team is seeing record numbers of interested franchising candidates as this trend continues.  (full story)

  • Korean fried chicken restaurant Bonchon moves global headquarters to Dallas
    (dallasnews.com - 11/20/2020)
  • There’s one existing restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth, in The Colony, but with Bonchon’s move to Texas, the company announced it plans to open four more restaurants in Texas in 2021.  (full story)

  • Huey Magoo’s Announces Grand Opening In Lady Lake, Florida This Friday, November 20
    (restaurantnews.com - 11/20/2020)
  • Lady Lake is the first of 12 locations to open in Greater Tampa, Lakeland and The Villages communities in Florida for Huey Magoo’s franchisees James Connolly and Bryan Pagan, along with Partner David Lambo.  (full story)

  • Jack in the Box CEO: Franchisees Energized and Prepared to Grow
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/20/2020)
  • The restaurant recently debuted a lower-cost prototype that’s flexible to fit many different pieces of real estate such as drive-thru only, inline, endcap, and nontraditional. Harris said if JIB focused on just its existing markets, the company could build another 950 to 1,100 locations.  (full story)

  • Sbarro’s Comeback Centers on the Impulse Pizza Buyer
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/20/2020)
  • Sbarro recently opened a mall-based store in Orem, Utah—the brand’s 26th opening of 2020. Twelve more units are planned for the rest of the year.   (full story)

  • Ike’s Love & Sandwiches to Open Three New Locations
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/20/2020)
  • The Southern California additions will bring the company to 83 total stores across six states. By the end of 2021, Ike’s plans to have over 100 locations open nationwide.  (full story)

  • Williams Sonoma Inc.: The future is fewer, better stores
    (hometextilestoday.com - 11/20/2020)
  • The multi-nameplate home furnishing specialist plans to close 40 stores this year, EVP & CFO Julie Whalen told analysts during the company’s third quarter call yesterday evening.  (full story)

  • More Than 130 Naturalizer Stores Are Closing for Good
    (footwearnews.com - 11/20/2020)
  • In its third-quarter earnings conference call with analysts, parent Caleres Inc. announced that it would shutter roughly 133 of the brand’s “legacy” stores in the United States and Canada — or all but two locations in its brick-and-mortar fleet in North America — by the end of the fiscal year.  (full story)

  • Raising Cane's set to launch several Utah locations in 2021, including first in Provo
    (standard.net - 11/20/2020)
  • “Raising Cane’s is planning to launch the first of several Utah Restaurants starting in 2021,” according to a statement from the restaurant chain.  (full story)

  • Despite Pandemic, In-N-Out Burger Is Hiring, Opening New Locations
    (forbes.com - 11/20/2020)
  • It has opened eight new locations so far this year, including two in Colorado that open Friday. It’s the first time the iconic burger chain is entering the state. In-N-Out plans to open up another five locations before 2020 is over.  (full story)

  • Main Squeeze Juice Continues Year of Record Growth
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/20/2020)
  • In addition, the company signed 27 franchise agreements since the beginning of the year, bringing its growth pipeline to more than 60 stores throughout six states, including Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.  (full story)

  • Natural Grocers' fiscal 2020 sales break company record, hitting $1 billion
    (supermarketnews.com - 11/20/2020)
  • Natural Grocers plans to open five or six new stores in 2021, and relocate three to five others. The Lakewood, Colo.-based retailer currently operates 159 stores in 20 states.  (full story)

  • Town Fair Tire and Mavis Tire Express to Merge
    (moderntiredealer.com - 11/20/2020)
  • Two giants in the retail tire industry - Town Fair Tire Centers Inc. and Mavis Tire Express Services Corp. - have announced plans to merge by the end of November. The companies said both will keep their existing management teams and brands, as well as their separate headquarters.  (full story)

  • Torchy's Tacos Gets Several New Investors And Plans To Double In Size
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 11/20/2020)
  • The company wants to grow more quickly. The company has added 20 locations this year and said the investment from the investment groups will help fuel plans to bring its tacos to 10 more states by 2024, which could more than double its current footprint.  (full story)

  • Surf’s Up for Pennsylvania-Based Saladworks: Expanding throughout California
    (franchising.com - 11/18/2020)
  • Saladworks has already signed five franchisee deals in the state, which will total eight restaurants to open in Thousand Oaks, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Fresno and Visalia, in addition to the newly unveiled Hollister location that opened two months ago.  (full story)

  • Target to open 40 new stores a year; Q3 income jumps
    (therealdeal.com - 11/18/2020)
  • In October alone, Target opened 18 new locations, adding to the 12 it had already added since the beginning of the year...the big-box retailer is planning on opening up to 40 stores a year...  (full story)

  • TJX Companies' Q3 Earnings Beat Estimates, Sales Down
    (nasdaq.com - 11/18/2020)
  • During the fiscal third quarter, the company opened 17 new stores in the reported quarter, taking the total count to 4,574...  (full story)

  • Fazoli's Inks Deal to Open in Dallas-Fort Worth
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/18/2020)
  • Fazoli’s CEO Carl Howard announced that the company has executed an area development agreement with Sajib Singha of Singha Group to open three locations throughout the metroplex, with the first slated to open in the second half of 2021.  (full story)

  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice Continues Takeover of Frozen Treats Category
    (restaurantnews.com - 11/18/2020)
  • Jeremiah’s has opened nine new franchise locations in 2020, with an additional two locations projected to open by the end of the year. Of these 11 total openings, five opened outside Florida, with new locations opening in McKinney and Temple, Texas, Chandler, Arizona, Columbus, Georgia, and Matthews, North Carolina.  (full story)

  • Celebree School Awards Multiple Licenses to New Franchisee in Virginia
    (streetinsider.com - 11/18/2020)
  • Celebree School, a leader in early childhood education with 48 open or under development school locations in 12 states, today awarded three franchise licenses to Vakul Goel. He will own and operate Celebree School locations throughout the Richmond metro area, with the first projected to open in Glen Allen in early 2022.  (full story)

  • uBreakiFix Grows Franchise Footprint in Texas, Opens 600th Store in Frisco
    (franchising.com - 11/17/2020)
  • National tech repair franchise, uBreakiFix, has opened its 600th location in Frisco at 3333 Preston Road in Stonebriar Centre. The Patels hope to continue growing uBreakiFix’s Frisco-area footprint by opening more locations in the surrounding communities.  (full story)

  • Big Blue Swim School Plans to Dive Deeper Into the Florida Market for Franchise Expansion
    (franchising.com - 11/17/2020)
  • When experienced multi-unit franchise partners Adryenne Hearne-Alvarez and Derek Hearne decided to diversify their portfolio with five Big Blue pools, Florida immediately came to mind as the perfect place to open their pools.  (full story)

  • Rise of Home Cooking Means More Locations, Big Business for Spice & Tea Retailer
    (franchising.com - 11/17/2020)
  • Since March, the specialty retail franchise has successfully opened five new stores, signed a franchise agreement, and experienced impressive sales growth on its ecommerce website.  (full story)

  • Fastest Growing Salon Studios Franchise Signs 17 Development Agreements to Open 44 New Locations
    (franchising.com - 11/17/2020)
  • Year-to-date, Sola has opened 54 new locations across North America and signed more than 25 franchise development agreements with both new and existing franchisees.  (full story)

  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe Reaches Milestone With Opening Of Its 900th Location
    (franchising.com - 11/17/2020)
  • This milestone opening comes on the heels of a momentous year for the brand, which has signed 214 new franchise agreements, opened 87 new cafes across the U.S. and achieved double digit same-store sales for the past five months, bringing same-store sales to +6.3% year to date.  (full story)

  • Angry Crab Shack Makes its Illinois Debut with First Signed Agreement
    (restaurantnews.com - 11/17/2020)
  • Additional restaurants are planned for Illinois and the Midwest as a whole, underscoring an overall brand expansion plan to have 100 stores open and operating across the nation by 2025.  (full story)

  • TruFusion Fuels Nationwide Expansion Through Franchise Development
    (prnewswire.com - 11/17/2020)
  • In addition to this latest opening, TruFusion is positioned for continued growth nationwide over the next several months, with new studios slated to open in San Antonio, San Francisco, Austin, West Hollywood, Ballard, Pittsburgh and Houston by early 2021.  (full story)

  • The Hummus & Pita Co. to Ramp Up Franchising
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/17/2020)
  • Despite the pandemic, the concept has continued to ink franchise deals in 2020 and plans to immediately open three franchised locations in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Huntsville, Alabama. The Hummus & Pita Co. has also recently announced the site securement of a new corporate location in Manhattan's Upper East Side neighborhood  (full story)

  • Juice It Up! Announces Double-Digit Sales Jump
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/17/2020)
  • As the brand moves into 2021, Juice It Up! expects to open 8 to 10 new franchised locations in California and the West, and to further its remodel program to update existing stores to its refreshed new store design.   (full story)

  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers To Develop 50 New Restaurants Across Florida And Southeast
    (restaurantnews.com - 11/16/2020)
  • These new restaurants will be owned by experienced multi-unit operators RSolution Holdings, who signed a 50-unit deal with Freddy’s after acquiring three of the brand’s Florida locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Ocala last year.  (full story)

  • Broyles Hospitality Opens 10th Dunkin' Franchise
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/16/2020)
  • The Dunkin’ is located in Kingsport, TN adjacent to a Roadrunner Markets convenience store, which is operated by another subsidiary of GPM. Broyles Hospitality is slated to add two additional Dunkin’ locations in 2021.  (full story)

  • Flying Biscuit Café Signs Development Deals in the Southeast
    (qsrmagazine.com - 11/16/2020)
  • The 20-unit Flying Biscuit Café, announces it has signed numerous development deals throughout the southern United States, including, Columbia, South Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, East Cobb, Georgia, Castleberry Hill, Georgia, and Athens, Georgia.  (full story)

  • Casper Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results
    (baytownsun.com - 11/16/2020)
  • We ended the third quarter with a retail presence of 65 stores, an increase of 17 net new stores compared with our retail footprint in the third quarter of 2019...  (full story)

  • Pizza with a Purpose to Arrive in Colorado with Romeo’s Pizza
    (franchising.com - 11/16/2020)
  • Dan O’Neil’s agreement with Romeo’s Pizza includes the state of Colorado, with the first location tentatively set for the Denver metro area. As part of the agreement, at least 20 locations are planned to open throughout Colorado over the next several years.  (full story)

  • Capriotti's posts major sales growth
    (fastcasual.com - 11/16/2020)
  • In addition to operational changes, Capriotti's continues to expand its footprint across the country. To date, the brand has opened 14 shops in 2020 with plans to open four more by the end of the year. Capriotti's has an additional 200+-plus locations under development in communities across the nation.  (full story)

  • Francesca's to close 140 stores
    (retaildive.com - 11/16/2020)
  • In a sign of how much the pandemic has complicated its turnaround, Francesca's said it plans to close 140 stores...  (full story)

  • Buc-ee's Makes More Moves in the Southeast
    (retailleader.com - 11/15/2020)
  • A store opening in Warner Robbins, Georgia on Nov. 18, will be the company’s second location outside of Texas and 39th location overall. A second Alabama location is slated to open near Birmingham in January 2021 followed by the company’s entry into Florida in early 2021 with its first location in Daytona followed by a second location in St. Augustine.  (full story)

  • Dollar General Announces 17,000th Store Opening
    (streetinsider.com - 11/14/2020)
  • Dollar General today announced the official grand opening of its 17,000th store in Fountain, Colorado...  (full story)

  • Planet Blue Closing Its Doors After 25 Years
    (ca.news.yahoo.com - 11/13/2020)
  • The company has six stores in Southern California alone, and another six units elsewhere, mainly in warm locales like Florida, Arizona, Georgia and Texas.  (full story)

  • Chicken Salad Chick Appoints New Directors to Corporate Team
    (retailrestaurantfb.com - 11/13/2020)
  • Chicken Salad Chick, which now has more than 175 locations in 17 states, has opened 34 new locations year-to-date, with four more projected to open before the end of 2020.  (full story)

  • Captain D’s Unveils New ‘Express’ Prototype With No Indoor Seating
    (retailrestaurantfb.com - 11/13/2020)
  • Captain D’s is looking to develop Express restaurants in population-dense metropolitan areas with higher levels of foot traffic, and plans to open two to four locations per year for the next 3 years.  (full story)

  • Massage Heights Signs Agreement to Develop Two New Retreats in Dallas-Fort Worth Market
    (franchising.com - 11/13/2020)
  • Their development efforts will grow Massage Heights’ footprint in the Dallas-Fort Worth market to eight locations in the area, broadening the local reach for Members and fueling the brand’s momentum and development across the state of Texas.  (full story)

  • High's Enters Pennsylvania With Speedway Deal
    (csnews.com - 11/13/2020)
  • High's of Baltimore LLC is moving into a new state as it and its parent company split 11 Speedway convenience stores.  (full story)

  • Justice sold at auction for $90 million
    (chainstoreage.com - 11/11/2020)
  • The existing Justice stores will remain open through the holiday season, with the wind-down of all locations expected by early 2021, the company said in a release.  (full story)








     

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