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  • Lowe's and Petco to open small pet shops in select home improvement stores with new pilot
    ( - 1/27/2022)
  • The home improvement store chain is teaming up with Petco on a pilot store-in-store program...The first Lowe’s + Petco store-in-store concept is expected to open in early February at the Lowe’s in Alamo Ranch, Texas...  (full story)

  • Another Broken Egg Toasts to 2022 with Record Performance
    ( - 1/27/2022)
  • Another Broken Egg Cafe is celebrating record performance and growth in 2021 as it looks to make 2022 The Year of the Brunch. With up to 18 new locations opening this year – and dozens more in the pipeline– Another Broken Egg is expanding its presence nationally through its award-winning franchise program.  (full story)

  • School of Rock Celebrates Milestone: 50,000 Student Enrollments
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • School of Rock ended 2021 with record expansion, numerous awards, and innovative partnerships. Some highlights include: Footprint growth from 168 domestic schools and 19 international schools in seven markets to 245 domestic schools and 55 international schools in 13 markets.  (full story)

  • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice Continues Expansion in Texas
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • QSR’s newest frozen force has inked an area representative deal for a total of 50 locations across Texas, within the DMA’s of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Sherman – with its newest locations in Lewisville, Melissa and Burleson slated to open in 2022. This is in addition to the six Jeremiah’s already opened and operating across Texas.  (full story)

  • Florida-based Ford’s Garage plans a nationwide expansion with support from the Ford Motor Company
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • This year, the restaurant plans to open 15 new restaurants. Eleven franchising agreements have already been signed in several new states including Kentucky, New York, Ohio and Texas, plus there are new deals in locations with existing units, like Michigan and Florida.  (full story)

  • Mavis Acquires Action Gator Tire's Retail Stores
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • When the 2021 MTD 100 was published this past July, Action Gator - which was owned by Christensen Enterprises - had 19 retail/commercial locations, as well as five commercial tire outlets and one distribution center, making it the 48th largest independent tire dealership in the United States.  (full story)

  • Rise Signs Deal to Bring Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken to the Sunshine State
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • The nation’s fastest-growing biscuits and fried chicken concept, today announced a multi-unit franchise deal to bring its award-winning southern comfort fare to Florida. Franchisee Don Schnurr, is slated to open at least seven Rise locations in the Greater Orlando Metro area, the first of which will mark the brand’s debut in the Sunshine State.  (full story)

  • Angry Crab Shack Reports Strong Overall Performance, Setting Stage for Successful 2022
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • In 2021, Angry Crab Shack signed franchise agreements to bring restaurants to Atlanta, Casa Grande, Houston, Scottsdale and Seattle. Targeted franchise expansion states for 2022 include Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Mexico, South Carolina and Texas.  (full story)

  • Breakfast Concept Turning Point Restaurants Launches Franchise Opportunity
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • Alongside today’s announcement, Turning Point has plans to expand into Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Florida. With demand for entrepreneurship opportunities at an all-time high, the Turning Point team wants to be selective with choosing experienced restaurant operators to maintain the quality and reputation they have built over the years.  (full story)

  • Jollibee Is Opening a New Location Near NYC's Grand Central Terminal
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • "As Jollibee works to establish 500 stores across North America within the next five to seven years, increasing our presence throughout New York City represents a critical component of our US expansion goals," said Maribeth Dela Cruz, the business group head of Honeybee Foods Corporation, which is in charge of Jollibee's US operations.  (full story)

  • Fast-growing Restaurant Chain Maple Street Biscuits Implements Landed App to Accelerate Hiring
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • Maple Street Biscuit Company is now using Landed to accelerate its hiring efforts for its existing and new opening restaurants. Known for serving comfort food with a modern twist, Maple Street currently has over 40 stores, and is opening new locations at a rate of 1-2 per month.  (full story)

  • Longtime Sonic Exec Joins Slim Chickens Operations Team
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • As Slim Chickens plans to open 60 to 70 restaurants in 2022 and sign area development agreements, Vaughan wants to increase the level of training and consistency across the brand.  (full story)

  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Opens First Airport Location
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • Furthermore, the brand finished 2021 with a total of 17 franchise agreements signed to open 102 units over the next several years and is expected to open more than 50 locations throughout the course of 2022.  (full story)

  • Healthy restaurant chain sprouts new Austin location in West Lake Hills
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • The new location is scheduled to open in late 2022, according to a release, and will mark the 11th restaurant in Texas for the concept, which currently has 28 locations across the country, with several more in the works.  (full story)

  • David’s Bridal continues store expansion
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • The bridal and special occasion clothing will open two stores in the first quarter of 2022, in West Chester Township, Ohio, and at Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance, Calif. The new locations continue the momentum that David’s built in the back half of last year, with new stores in Naperville, Ill., and Clive, Iowa.  (full story)

  • Thinking Outside the Mall: Using Exterior Spaces to Draw Shoppers In
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • Eating, playing and entertainment are good ingredients to make brick-and-mortar shopping outweigh online shopping, because they make it worthwhile for people to make this kind of combination trip.  (full story)

  • Teriyaki Madness Closed Out 2021 With 100 New Franchise Locations Sold Among 31 New Franchisees
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • Teriyaki Madness already has 41 new shops in the opening process for 2022. But when it comes to their overall growth strategy, Haith says the Teriyaki Madness approach is anything but mad.  (full story)

  • Hungry Howie's Delivers Incentives to Spur Rapid Franchise Growth
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • Using sophisticated modeling tools to identify the best build-out opportunities within the market, the goal has been set to sign at least 10 more franchisees in 2022 and grow by 10% in 2022.  (full story)

  • Arclight Acquires Pride C-Stores in Massachusetts
    ( - 1/26/2022)
  • The sale includes 31 stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as 10 development sites. The new owner will not change the Pride name, he said, and all employees will remain in place.   (full story)

  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop gets into the drive-thru game
    ( - 1/25/2022)
  • The Texas-based taco chain on Tuesday said it had signed a 50-store deal—all of which will include drive-thrus. It’s a first for the nearly 150-unit chain. The first two locations are slated to open in Alabama and Georgia during the first half of the year.  (full story)

  • Amazon Go convenience stores are headed to suburbia
    ( - 1/25/2022)
  • The company said the expansion would happen "in the coming months," but did not indicate how many locations it is planning to open in the Southern California metropolis or where they will be located.  (full story)

  • Academy Sports To Restart New Store Growth In 2022, First Stores In Virginia And West Virginia
    ( - 1/25/2022)
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors, Inc. announced that it would open at least eight new stores in 2022 to fill in specific existing markets in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Texas and expand its Virginia and West Virginia footprint.  (full story)

  • Francesca’s Scott Harris rebrands with a new name — his own
    ( - 1/25/2022)
  • Francesca’s Restaurant Group has gone eponymous with plans for new locations, cuisines and markets, including expansion to Indianapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville and Charlotte.  (full story)

  • D1 Training Flexes 2022 Expansion Efforts, Aims to Award 70+ Units Bringing Development to Over 200
    ( - 1/25/2022)
  • Fueling these expansion efforts is a strategic investment from Princeton Equity Group that will propel D1 into a national brand synonymous with high-caliber athletic performance and fitness. With this partnership, D1 is positioned for major growth in 2022 and is seeking qualified, community-minded franchisees with a passion for the fitness industry.  (full story)

  • Goldfish Swim School Makes a Splash in Washington with New Signed Franchise Agreement
    ( - 1/25/2022)
  • To build off this successful momentum, Goldfish Swim School has set an aggressive expansion goal to open 17 schools in 2022 as it continues to seek franchise partners throughout the United States and Canada.  (full story)

  • East Coast Wings + Grill Flexes Unit Level Economics Systems in 2021
    ( - 1/25/2022)
  • ECW+G is now uniquely positioned to scale the super-regional brand to 50-60 operating units by year end 2024. "As a CEO and founder, I had to look at the markets, restaurant space and future development through a new lens.  (full story)

  • Coolgreens Positioned for Notable Year After Sales Skyrocket in 2021
    ( - 1/25/2022)
  • Following its South Florida debut, Coolgreens will further expand in the area with two locations currently under development. The brand plans to open six to 10 total locations in 2022, including its second Florida location in Coral Springs.  (full story)

  • Wild Eggs to open new southern Indiana location
    ( - 1/25/2022)
  • Wild Eggs is preparing to expand with a new restaurant on West Fifth Street in New Albany. This is the fifth Wild Eggs to open in Indiana and the 15th restaurant for the concept...  (full story)

  • Sportsman’s Warehouse Resets Path To 300-Plus Locations
    ( - 1/24/2022)
  • Asked about the goal of reaching more than 300 locations, Barker noted Sportsman’s Warehouse currently plans to open seven to 10 this year but would have had more in the pipeline if not for the termination of the Bass Pro merger in the first week of December.  (full story)

  • After Strong 2021, Wayback Blazes into New Year
    ( - 1/24/2022)
  • This year, Wayback Burgers is optimistic about strong sales at its restaurant locations, the roll out of exciting new LTO items, as well as 15 to 20 restaurant openings across the U.S. and more international openings including Japan’s first Wayback Burgers, opening in February 2022.  (full story)

  • Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Signs 28 Agreements in 2021
    ( - 1/24/2022)
  • In addition to Happy Joe’s international expansion, the brand inked deals stateside to open several restaurants in new markets throughout Arizona, Texas, Florida and Missouri. A longtime franchisee who signed on to expand his portfolio with the brand is even setting sights on international expansion in the U.K.  (full story)

  • Smoothie King Hires Shawn Caric as VP of Franchise Development
    ( - 1/24/2022)
  • These efforts will support the company’s aggressive long-term growth plans to attract 70 new franchisees and sign 200 total store commitments in 2022.  (full story)

  • 7-Eleven Opens 77,711th Store
    ( - 1/24/2022)
  • 7-Eleven recently hit a major milestone — 77,711 7-Eleven stores open and ready to serve customers worldwide — and 7-Eleven is committed to using its global scale to make a difference...  (full story)

  • Rally House Opens 100th Location
    ( - 1/24/2022)
  • This is the second Rally House store opening in 2022 with more locations planned in other markets, including Texas, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  (full story)

  • Huckleberry’s Breakfast & Lunch Opens in Reno, Nevada!
    ( - 1/24/2022)
  • Greg Graber, CEO of Heritage Restaurant Brands, stated “This is the perfect spot to begin Huck’s growth beyond California’s borders and I’m confident Raman and his team will deliver a consistently great and unique dining experience to our new friends in Reno.” Huckleberry’s currently has 21 locations with 10-12 planned for 2022.  (full story)

  • Tony Roma’s gets ready for its fast casual debut
    ( - 1/24/2022)
  • Bones & Burgers will operate two different box sizes, a 600-square-foot design for nontraditional locations like stadiums, airports and foot courts and a 1,500-square-foot standalone fast casual.  (full story)

  • Meet Cheesecake Factory's customer advocate. He also happens to be the CEO
    ( - 1/24/2022)
  • The namesake brand is the foundation of what is now a diversified restaurant company with a second casual concept, North Italia, already in growth mode. About 29 are open, and Cheesecake believes the market could support at least 200 units.  (full story)

  • Mo' Bettahs Plots Growth Plan Backed by Hawaiian Values and Culture
    ( - 1/21/2022)
  • The goal this year is to open 20 more restaurants, nearly doubling its total footprint. Target markets range from the Mountain West to the Midwest, including Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, and Ohio.  (full story)

  • Texas-based Torchy’s Tacos opens 100th restaurant
    ( - 1/21/2022)
  • Located at 8601 South Congress Ave, Suite 250 off Slaughter Lane, this restaurant marks the brand’s 12th location in Austin, 70th in Texas and 100th across 11 states.  (full story)

  • Fish City Grill Names Tim Green VP of Operations
    ( - 1/21/2022)
  • Fish City Grill and Half Shells are pleased to be showing strong post-pandemic sales trends, and the company plans for the opening of at least 3 new restaurants annually.  (full story)

  • Mendocino Farms pulls wraps off new rebrand
    ( - 1/21/2022)
  • The company plans to open 11 to 13 units this year, Miles said, and is working on a third state of Georgia, with Atlanta on the brand’s expansion list. Traditional Mendocino Farms restaurants cover 2,500 to 2,800 square feet, he said, with a current range of 1,900- to 3,000-square-foot units in the fleet.   (full story)

  • Wing It On! Begins 2022 with Big Growth Plans
    ( - 1/21/2022)
  • In 2022, Wing It On! expects to open multiple new locations throughout the East Coast, Southeast and Southwest, including in Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina and Texas.  (full story)

  • Noodles & Company Pushing Unit Growth in 2022, Says CFO
    ( - 1/21/2022)
  • Noodles is set to open about nine new units in the first quarter of 2022, two of which will be franchisee-owned. The company also recently signed a 55-unit restaurant deal in California with franchisee Warner Foods.  (full story)

  • Supply Chain Success Propels Layne’s Chicken Fingers Toward Goal of 8–10 Openings in 2022
    ( - 1/21/2022)
  • With a steady, strong supply chain in place and franchisees realizing the stability of Layne’s as an investment, the brand has goals to open 8-10 in 2022, and this level of expansion is possible because “supply-chain challenges are mitigated daily,” as Wattar said.  (full story)

  • 7 Brew Coffee drive-thrus will open throughout the metro
    ( - 1/21/2022)
  • Another area franchisee, Mean Bean Development LLC, will do 20 locations including 15 in the metro. It plans a May opening at 15041 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park, and is looking in the Lansing/Leavenworth area. Cousins John Platten of Boulder, Colorado, and John Kollhoff of Abilene, Kansas, are the partners in Mean Bean.  (full story)

  • Beyond Juicery + Eatery Opens 14 Locations in 2021
    ( - 1/21/2022)
  • The brand also wrapped up the year with 38 locations open welcoming 14 new restaurants to the system. To date, Beyond Juicery + Eatery has 50 locations open or in development.  (full story)

  • American Exchange Group acquires Aerosoles
    ( - 1/20/2022)
  • "This acquisition marks an exciting new chapter in the evolution of American Exchange Group. We look forward to supporting the future growth of this brand and are excited to welcome Aerosoles into our brand portfolio,” said Alen Mamrout, chief executive officer of American Exchange Group.  (full story)

  • Kura Sushi Sidesteps Growth Obstacles with Automation
    ( - 1/20/2022)
  • Kura Sushi’s domestic unit count grew 28 percent in fiscal 2021 to 32 restaurants. Another was added during the chain’s first quarter, which ended November 30. The long-term goal is to reach roughly 300 units nationwide.  (full story)

  • Slim Chickens Grows Franchise Footprint in Wisconsin with Multi-Unit Signed Agreement
    ( - 1/20/2022)
  • Slim Chickens announced today it has inked a deal to bring nine locations to Wisconsin. Nick and Chad Sternitzky of PREL Investments Inc. are spearheading the deal bringing locations to Madison, Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, and Wausau.  (full story)

  • P.F. Chang's To Go Opens in Flower Mound, Texas
    ( - 1/19/2022)
  • P.F. Chang’s To Go Flower Mound adds to the rapidly growing number of To Go restaurants in Texas, including Las Colinas and McKinney, and across the country with five in New York, three in Chicago and one location in Florida.  (full story)


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