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  • Foot Locker To Acquire WSS
    (sgbonline.com - 8/2/2021)
  • Foot Locker, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Eurostar, Inc., a U.S.-based athletic footwear and apparel retailer, which primarily operates on the West Coast, for $750 million.  (full story)

  • FFL Partners agrees to sell Church’s Chicken to High Bluff Capital Partners
    (nrn.com - 8/2/2021)
  • Over the next year, the plan is to expand Church’s unit count by opening more than 100 new locations, including the roll-out of its new Blaze Image restaurants.  (full story)

  • Newport-Based Mountain Mike’s Pizza Named a Top Restaurant Chain, Posts Strong Q2 Sales
    (newportbeachindy.com - 8/1/2021)
  • Currently developing in eight western states, Mountain Mike’s opened six new restaurants in Q2 and 12 so far this year, with expectations to have a total of 25 new locations open by the end of 2021.  (full story)

  • Christian Brothers Sets Record For First Half Of Year
    (aftermarketnews.com - 7/30/2021)
  • Already in 2021, Christian Brothers Automotive franchisees have opened 10 new locations, and eight more are in development right now. Each are planned to open this year.  (full story)

  • Mighty Quinn’s is poised to grow its BBQ concept on several fronts
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 7/30/2021)
  • Thanks to a new round of investment funding, the fast casual is getting ready to add corporate and franchised stores, as well as expanding its packaged goods line.  (full story)

  • El Pollo Loco Signs Deal to Expand in Northern California
    (qsrmagazine.com - 7/30/2021)
  • El Pollo Loco is making good on its plans to expand throughout parts of the Western United States. The nation’s leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain recently inked a multi-unit agreement with TWS Restaurant Corporation to develop nine restaurants in Northern California.  (full story)

  • Murphy USA Reports ‘Resilient’ Second-Quarter 2021 Results
    (cspdailynews.com - 7/30/2021)
  • There are a total of 29 company stores currently under construction, including nine new, 2,800-square-foot Murphy Express stores, six QuickChek stores and 14 raze-and-rebuilds.  (full story)

  • O'Reilly Tops Q2 Earnings & Sales Mark, Ups '21 View
    (finance.yahoo.com - 7/30/2021)
  • The company opened 50 new stores during the second quarter, bringing the total store count to 5,732...  (full story)

  • Canada Goose: Retail Execution At Its Finest
    (seekingalpha.com - 7/28/2021)
  • Looking ahead, we will continue to execute against our long-term growth strategy with 10 new store openings expected for fiscal year '22."  (full story)

  • Seasoned Operators Team Up To Open 5 Eggs Up Grill Locations
    (franchising.com - 7/28/2021)
  • Franchise partners Jackson Turner and Darby Smith have signed on to open 5 Eggs Up Grill locations in South Carolina, with the first set to open this fall in Clemson.  (full story)

  • Goldfish Swim School Accelerates Franchise Development as Premier Brand in Learn-to-Swim Industry
    (franchising.com - 7/28/2021)
  • With an aggressive growth strategy in place, the brand is experiencing a strong 2021, having recently signed agreements to develop in Arizona, Florida, New York, Texas and Virginia, in addition to opening 9 new schools year-to-date.  (full story)

  • Wingstop prepares to take on Manhattan
    (restaurantbusinessonline.com - 7/28/2021)
  • The fast casual, whose sales exploded during the pandemic, is planning to open 25 company-owned restaurants—a mix of ghost kitchens and traditional stores—in the heart of New York City.  (full story)

  • The Cheesecake Factory Flexes Off-Premises Muscles
    (fsrmagazine.com - 7/28/2021)
  • The company is on pace to open as many as 14 locations across all of its concepts in 2021.  (full story)

  • Popeyes Operator Laddi Singh Aims High to Grow
    (franchisetimes.com - 7/28/2021)
  • Now up to 17 Popeyes locations in New York and Connecticut through a combination of acquisitions and new builds, Singh is in the process of buying five more units and has a goal to open 10 new stores this year as part of a 30-unit development agreement.  (full story)

  • Driven Brands Holdings Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results
    (finance.yahoo.com - 7/28/2021)
  • Driven Brands Holdings Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 26, 2021...The Company added 70 net new stores during the quarter...  (full story)

  • Monro, Inc. Announces Q1 2022 Financial Results
    (tirereview.com - 7/28/2021)
  • During the first quarter of fiscal 2022, the company opened 30 company-operated stores and closed two stores. Monro ended the quarter with 1,291 company-operated stores and 91 franchised locations.  (full story)

  • Chicken Salad Chick Opens 200th Location In LaGrange, Georgia
    (franchising.com - 7/28/2021)
  • The milestone follows a robust pipeline of development, with Chicken Salad Chick already welcoming over 20 new locations in the first half of 2021 alone.  (full story)

  • Blo Blow Dry Bar with Impressive Mid-Year Success, Advancing Plans to Expand U.S. Footprint
    (franchising.com - 7/28/2021)
  • Already having locked in 19 signed agreements so far this year, the brand is ahead of its 2019 and 2020 development numbers. Blo Blow Dry Bar projects 35 total units to be sold by year-end.  (full story)

  • Wingstop Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter Financial Results
    (prnewswire.com - 7/28/2021)
  • During the fiscal second quarter 2021, there were 45 net system-wide Wingstop restaurant openings.  (full story)

  • WOWorks Fast-Casual Restaurant Brands on Track for Growth in 2021 with New Store Openings
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 7/28/2021)
  • WOWorks family of restaurant brands Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek, are on track to open more than 70 new restaurants before the end of the year.  (full story)

  • How COVID-19 Made Starbucks a Stronger Restaurant Chain
    (qsrmagazine.com - 7/28/2021)
  • In the past 12 months, Starbucks has opened 554 new stores combined with café seating and drive-thru service.  (full story)

  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe Expanding in Chicago
    (qsrmagazine.com - 7/28/2021)
  • “With several more area openings scheduled over the next few months, we will have approximately 25 franchised cafes in the Chicago market by year-end, with equally aggressive numbers in the pipeline slated to open in the next few years.”  (full story)

  • Rooster & Rice Launches Franchise Opportunities, Sets Sights on National Expansion
    (restaurantnews.com - 7/27/2021)
  • Rooster & Rice aims to sign three new franchisees and open one new location 2021 with the goal of reaching 15 locations in 2022.  (full story)

  • Three's Company: Bryan Frnka is building his empire with 3 distinct brands
    (franchising.com - 7/27/2021)
  • Frnka says he’s not done growing. In addition to always being open to opportunities, he’s says he’s already working on adding Scissors & Scotch locations to the Austin market and is considering two other Texas markets.  (full story)

  • Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade Starts Out First Half with Record-Setting Number of Franchise Agreements
    (franchising.com - 7/26/2021)
  • The new deals include single and multi-unit agreements to bring franchises to Las Vegas, Utah and California. The brand also recently signed a multi-unit franchise agreement in Florida - the first in the state for Wow Wow.  (full story)

  • Angry Crab Shack Continues Momentum into 2021
    (angrycrabfranchise.com - 7/26/2021)
  • An additional five franchise openings are planned for the remainder of the year with the brand targeting additional markets for development in Arizona, South Carolina, Delaware, Indiana and Michigan.  (full story)

  • Dave's Hot Chicken Sets 600-Unit Goal
    (qsrmagazine.com - 7/26/2021)
  • Dave’s has set its sights on the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast to continue growing its presence, with the goal of having 600 units committed and opening locations in every major market across the country.  (full story)

  • Uberrito Fresh Mex Launches Franchise Program
    (qsrmagazine.com - 7/26/2021)
  • Through the end of 2021, the brand is targeting four to six new franchise agreements and several new openings.  (full story)

  • Rush Bowls Continues Rapid Expansion Plan as Demand Grows
    (gjsentinel.com - 7/26/2021)
  • In the next six months, Rush Bowls is expected to open 10 new locations in Nebraska, Louisiana, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, and Virginia.  (full story)

  • Rue21 to open 15 stores — here’s where
    (chainstoreage.com - 7/26/2021)
  • A total of 15 new stores are planned through the end of the year at strategically selected locations based on a data-driven model.  (full story)

  • Curry Up Now Plots Aggressive Growth, Offers Limited-Time Incentive for New Multi-Unit Franchisees
    (restaurantnews.com - 7/26/2021)
  • Curry Up Now plans to open seven additional new locations in 2021 with lease signings confirmed in California, Georgia, Indiana and Texas, and more than 50 restaurants in varying stages of development.  (full story)

  • Victoria’s Secret to Test New Store Concepts
    (retailleader.com - 7/26/2021)
  • In 2022, Victoria’s Secret plans to test another 10 locations, with the majority of them within off-mall strip centers.  (full story)

  • Versace Makes Retail Push in the U.S.
    (finance.yahoo.com - 7/26/2021)
  • In August, Versace will extend its presence in the U.S. with a store in Manhasset, while the house of the Medusa will go West in the fall, inaugurating a boutique in San Diego.  (full story)

  • Torchy’s Tacos' Richmond Store to Open July 21
    (qsrmagazine.com - 7/23/2021)
  • Torchy’s Tacos is growing its footprint across the U.S. and now has 94 locations across 11 states, as well as a digital kitchen in Ohio. The brand opened a Stafford restaurant in late April and has other Houston-area locations in Memorial City, Houston Heights, Galleria, and more.  (full story)

  • Donatos Looks to Expand in Tennessee
    (qsrmagazine.com - 7/23/2021)
  • Donatos plans to open the first of three locations in the Knoxville area by the end of summer, with opportunity for over 20 additional locations statewide in the future.  (full story)

  • Twin Peaks Drives Development Deeper Into Florida with New Franchise Deal
    (restaurantnews.com - 7/23/2021)
  • Warman expects to open three new lodges in the area, with the first of the new restaurants slated to open in fall of 2022.  (full story)

  • Nékter Juice Bar Flies into the Windy City and Six Additional New Markets
    (franchising.com - 7/23/2021)
  • Nékter Juice Bar, will open its first restaurants in Chicago this year in addition to entry into six new markets including San Antonio, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Coconino County, Arizona; St. Louis, Missouri; Danville, Virginia; and Taylor County, Texas.   (full story)

  • QuikTrip Reaches 900th Store Milestone
    (cspdailynews.com - 7/23/2021)
  • QuikTrip’s 900th store opens just two years after the company celebrated its 800th store in the San Antonio metro in 2019.   (full story)

  • Modern Market Enters a New Chapter with National Franchise Growth Strategy
    (restaurantnews.com - 7/23/2021)
  • With this significant growth, Modern Market is actively seeking strong franchise partners to develop the brand in underserved metropolitan areas as well as smaller communities where its wholesome food fills a gap in the market.  (full story)

  • Sleep Number Supply Constraints Mar Second-Quarter Sales
    (pymnts.com - 7/23/2021)
  • Sleep Number plans to open 15 new stores by the end of the year, which will bring its store total to approximately 650...  (full story)

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill: New Unit Development Key To Story Looking Ahead
    (seekingalpha.com - 7/23/2021)
  • During the second quarter, the firm opened 56 new stores (including 45 with Chipotlanes) and permanently shuttered five...  (full story)

  • uBreakiFix Accelerates Growth, Prepares for Back-to-School Repair Rush
    (franchising.com - 7/23/2021)
  • Tech repair leader uBreakiFix opened 38 new stores in the second quarter of 2021, more than tripling last year’s Q2 growth...  (full story)

  • Skechers Q2 Earnings Beat Estimates, Sales Rise Y/Y
    (finance.yahoo.com - 7/23/2021)
  • The company opened three stores in the third quarter-to-date period. It plans to open three more stores during the third quarter and 20-25 stores by the end of the year. Additional 145-155 third-party stores are expected to open by year-end.  (full story)

  • Wag N' Wash's Mid-Year Sales Reach New Heights
    (franchise.org - 7/23/2021)
  • With 15+ stores open across the country, Wag N’ Wash is focused on growing the brand in new markets including Charlotte, Atlanta, St. Louis, Portland, Seattle, Austin, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Northern Virginia.  (full story)

  • 7-Eleven Plans Tennessee Expansion, First Store With Both Taco and Chicken Concepts
    (cstoredecisions.com - 7/23/2021)
  • The Murfreesboro, Tenn., location will be one of many stores opening in the greater Nashville area in 2021 — five of which will have one or more on-site restaurants.  (full story)

  • At Home opening three stores in July
    (chainstoreage.com - 7/23/2021)
  • At Home Group Inc. recently opened new stores in Princeton, N.J. and Abingdon, Md. In addition, it will open a new location in Temecula, Calif., by the end of the month.  (full story)

  • Benihana to Open a New Restaurant in Addison, TX
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 7/23/2021)
  • This new Benihana restaurant supports the strategic plan announced last year centered on four key growth initiatives, which include: New Benihana and RA Sushi restaurant development in the U.S.; Select U.S. acquisitions; Select U.S. franchise development.   (full story)

  • Domino's Pizza Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 7/23/2021)
  • The Company had second quarter global net store growth of 238 stores, comprised of 35 net U.S. store openings and 203 net international store openings.  (full story)

  • I Heart Mac & Cheese Unveils Fresh New Store Design, Rolling Out Nationwide This August
    (franchising.com - 7/23/2021)
  • The store redesign complements the brand’s steady growth within this past year. An increase in both new franchise signings and new store openings has brought the chain to new markets across the United States.  (full story)

  • Mother’s Market & Kitchen Opening 10th Store
    (progressivegrocer.com - 7/23/2021)
  • Mother’s Market & Kitchen, a pioneering health food retailer in Southern California, will hold the grand opening of its 10th store in the region on July 31 in Huntington Beach.  (full story)








     

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