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  • Ollie’s Bargain Outlet to open 45 new stores n 2023; deal pipeline ‘strong’
    ( - 3/24/2023)
  • The closeout retailer, which ended the year with 468 stores, will open 45 new locations in 2023. With a goal of more than 1,000 stores, Ollie’s had previously committed to opening 50 to 55 locations annually.  (full story)

  • Fajita Pete’s announces Pennsylvania expansion
    ( - 3/24/2023)
  • Fajita Pete’s, has just announced the closing of a four-unit agreement with Chris and Brittny Mabry of Pittsburgh, PA. The couple’s first Fajita Pete’s opening is set for Q3 of 2023 at The Block Northway in Ross Township with eyes on the South Hills area for their next location.  (full story)

  • The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill Accelerates Westward Expansion
    ( - 3/24/2023)
  • The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, is growing its brand footprint in the Western U.S. with 13 new locations planned to open in five states throughout the region.  (full story)

  • QuikTrip Expands to 17th State
    ( - 3/24/2023)
  • The retailer has plans to continue expanding throughout the state, with an additional five new Remote Store Network locations scheduled to open this year.  (full story)

  • True Food Kitchen appoints Lazy Dog exec as CEO
    ( - 3/23/2023)
  • True Food expects to open a fast casual concept in Phoenix this year, which will offer health-focused menu items at a lower price point. The company also aims to open 10 additional stores in new and existing markets by 2024.  (full story)

  • The Greene Turtle Shows How to Create Restaurant Momentum
    ( - 3/22/2023)
  • The Greene Turtle, Clark Crew BBQ, and Founders Growth Platform now fall under parent company, ITA Holdings. In five years, the combined entity is projected to have 155 locations, including 73 for The Greene Turtle, 10 for Clark Crew BBQ, and 72 under Founders Growth Platform.  (full story)

  • Yogurtland Signs 5-Store Agreement in Houston
    ( - 3/22/2023)
  • New franchisees and Sugarland residents Yasir Akhtar and Sameera Rauf seized on the opportunity to bring this well-established brand to a new community.  (full story)

  • As Bad Ass Coffee Transforms, its ‘Aloha Spirit’ Remains Alive and Well
    ( - 3/21/2023)
  • For now, Bad Ass Coffee expects 20–30 new store openings by year’s-end as it tracks toward a broader goal of 150 openings over the next four years.  (full story)

  • Farmer Boys Recharges and Aims for Expansion
    ( - 3/21/2023)
  • The chain is hoping these debuts will serve as a springboard for greater expansion outside the West Coast, including Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. The company wants to open 50 restaurants in the next five years.  (full story)

  • Quick-service restaurant chain Gong Cha adds 3 to the leadership team
    ( - 3/21/2023)
  • According to a release from the company, Gong Cha is expected to achieve 40% year-over-year sales growth for 2023 and, by 2025, the brand is expected to reach 500 stores across the U.S.  (full story)

  • Waxing the City Signs Multi-Unit Development Agreements to Add Over 20 Locations Across Six States
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • With more than 145 locations nationwide, Waxing the City has added more than 38 units to its development pipeline in the past year.  (full story)

  • Yesway Commits to Growth With Appointment of Chief Real Estate Officer
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • In 2023, Yesway plans to construct 28 new stores, most of which will be funded using the proceeds of $190 million in new equity it has raised.  (full story)

  • 1000 Degrees Pizza acquires My Pie
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • “Our goal is to streamline our operations as a unified brand, and help the franchisees achieve a higher earning potential,” he said in the release, which also said that 1000 Degrees was in the process of opening new locations in Florida, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.  (full story)

  • Foot Locker, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2022 Results; Company to Outline New Long-Term Growth
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • During the fourth quarter, the Company opened 21 new stores, remodeled or relocated 45 stores, and closed 101 stores...  (full story)

  • On The Border Inks Deal to Debut in Nebraska
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • The Morrisons are confident this new restaurant will be a major hit with the communities around Lincoln and Omaha. The couple plans to open three locations over the next few years, with the first set to open in Papillion in Spring 2023.  (full story)

  • Dave's Hot Chicken Inks 14-Unit Deal in New York
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • John and Jeff Froccaro to open 14 new restaurants in New York over the next five years. Of the 14 new units, seven will be situated in Queens and another seven units will be located across Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  (full story)

  • Aloha Poke Co. Announces New Chicago-Area Location in Deerfield
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • Aloha Poke Co. is actively seeking to grow its exciting, health-forward, fast casual concept with qualified entrepreneurs and experienced restaurant franchisees in key growth markets, including Florida, Texas, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  (full story)

  • Slim Chickens Unveils New Opening in West Lafayette, Indiana
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • Slim Chickens announced its new restaurant opening at 2901 Northwestern Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906. Seasoned multi-unit operating group Primestar Indiana is at the forefront of the opening; this is the first location in the state with many more in development.  (full story)

  • New CEO Fires Up Growth for NORMS Diner Chain
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • The new president and CEO, Wyatt plans to expand outside the state. NORMS will open its first Las Vegas location in the spring of 2024, bringing the number of NORMS restaurants to 24.  (full story)

  • Teriyaki Madness is not calming down
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • It has plans for another 40 to 50 restaurants this year, with growth coming from both new and existing franchisees. “Our biggest problem is just getting locations open,” he said.  (full story)

  • Kroger Shares Plans For Three Marketplace Stores In Texas
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • The Kroger Co. has announced plans to open three new Kroger Marketplace format stores in North Texas in the communities of Fort Worth, Melissa and Plano.  (full story)

  • Mo' Bettahs, the Chain Bringing the Island of Oahu to Guests
    ( - 3/20/2023)
  • In 2023, Mo’ Bettahs expects to cross 54 locations; a spot in Las Vegas is currently in the works for later this year. “We’re focused on growth, for both the organic growth in our stores through partnerships but then also of course, adding new locations and getting into new markets,” Ertmann says. “That growth is going to be tremendous.”  (full story)

  • Capriotti's, Wing Zone in Las Vegas Strip debut amid rapid expansion
    ( - 3/17/2023)
  • With some 167 locations across the United States, Capriotti’s plans to grow to more than 500 sites by 2025. Wing Zone has more than 31 locations in North America and 30 restaurants internationally, with plans to grow to 250 locations by the end of 2025.  (full story)

  • Ellianos Coffee Plans to Enter North Carolina
    ( - 3/17/2023)
  • Ellianos Coffee, a southeast-based drive-thru specialty coffee brand, is making its way into the Tar Heel State – North Carolina – with three franchises coming soon. These locations are still to be determined. Ellianos currently has 32 locations open across the southeast, with over 110 more in the works.  (full story)

  • Mr Gatti's Pizza to Expand in Louisiana
    ( - 3/17/2023)
  • Mr Gatti's Pizza has announced its plans to expand its reach in Louisiana by opening three new locations. The first restaurant is set to open by spring 2024. Mr. Gatti's currently has 8 locations in Louisiana.  (full story)

  • Scottsdale Secures 2-Unit Franchise Development Deal with Clean Eatz Restaurant Brand
    ( - 3/17/2023)
  • Clean Eatz has secured an agreement with Cory Dugan, a restaurant industry veteran, to develop two new franchise locations in the Scottsdale area. Site selection is currently underway, with plans for the first venue to open its doors later this year.  (full story)

  • Steele Brands’ 250-unit pipeline will take it nationwide
    ( - 3/17/2023)
  • Crisp & Green will debut in its eighth state with an opening in Bentonville, Arkansas, according to a press release emailed to Restaurant Dive This opening is part of a five-unit deal with The Green Guys for new restaurants in Arkansas and North Carolina. Crisp & Green expects to double its store count this year.  (full story)

  • Pizza Factory Adds to West Coast Footprint with Signed Agreement in Washington
    ( - 3/17/2023)
  • Patel and Bhatta have impressive experience as software professionals, leading exciting developments in the industry. Now, as the duo expands their portfolios with Pizza Factory, Patel and Jyoti are eager to open their first location, and plan to open additional Pizza Factory restaurants in more communities down the line.  (full story)

  • Friendly's Owner Unveils Dynamic Formula for Growth
    ( - 3/17/2023)
  • As for the sister concepts—Red Mango, Orange Leaf, Smoothie Factory, Souper Salad, Humble Donuts, and Greenz—the single-minded mission to grow remains the same. Fifteen to 20 locations are expected to open in 2023 among these chains.  (full story)

  • Casey’s Expects to Have a ‘Very Busy April’
    ( - 3/17/2023)
  • Casey’s expects to add approximately 80 stores in fiscal 2023 and expects to exceed its stated three-year goal of 345 units, it said.  (full story)

  • Huddle House Franchise Inks Deal with Multi-Unit Owner
    ( - 3/16/2023)
  • Huddle Again KY, Inc. recently signed a deal to open two new locations. Huddle Again KY is led by Rajiv Johar, an existing franchisee with seven restaurants. The company plans to open two locations in Kentucky in the Spring of 2023 and the next one in the Fall of 2024.  (full story)

  • EarthWise Pet acquires 6 new retail locations
    ( - 3/16/2023)
  • EarthWise Pet, a pet supply franchise, acquired six retail locations throughout Maine from Loyal Biscuit on March 13...  (full story)

  • Aldi opens 2 new stores in the Midwest on Thursday
    ( - 3/16/2023)
  • Aldi is continuing its expansion in the Midwest with the opening of two new stores in Illinois and Michigan...  (full story)

  • Academy Sports Q4 Earnings Fly Past Wall Street Targets
    ( - 3/16/2023)
  • New store openings are expected in the range of 13 to 15 compared with 9 openings in 2022.  (full story)

  • Five Below, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2022 Financial Results
    ( - 3/15/2023)
  • The Company opened 48 new stores and ended the quarter with 1,340 stores in 42 states. This represents an increase in stores of 12.6% from the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021...  (full story)

  • PrimoHoagies to Open 100th Location
    ( - 3/15/2023)
  • With these additions, PrimoHoagies has 85 stores currently under development and 125 total scheduled to be open by the end of 2023. Following its strongest first quarter in its sales history, the company is on pace to achieve an unprecedented $100 million in sales for 2023.  (full story)

  • Hawaiian Bros signs first multi-unit franchise deal for 75 units
    ( - 3/15/2023)
  • Hawaiian Bros, a roughly 30-unit fast casual chain, signed its first multi-unit franchise agreement for 75 restaurants with Stine Enterprises, the chain announced Tuesday.  (full story)

  • Zara to open more U.S. stores on heels of record year
    ( - 3/15/2023)
  • From 2023 to 2025, Zara will undertake at least 30 projects (new stores, relocations and enlargements) in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Austin and Las Vegas. New store openings will include The Grove in Los Angeles and The Forum in Las Vegas.  (full story)

  • CAVA Forges Ahead, the Disruptor it’s Always Been
    ( - 3/14/2023)
  • In 2022, CAVA posted 83 openings (a figure that includes conversions of Zoës Kitchen venues), entered seven new states and 10 markets, and debuted seven of its digital drive-thru pickup lanes, bringing the total to 17.  (full story)

  • Northern Tool + Equipment Announces Store Opening in Glendale Heights
    ( - 3/14/2023)
  • The Minnesota-based retailer has nearly 130 stores across the country with a goal of opening 80 more stores over the next four years.  (full story)

  • Layne’s Chicken Fingers Opens First Drive-Thru-Only Location in Houston, Texas
    ( - 3/14/2023)
  • Layne’s continues to expand in Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, bringing new, innovative footprints as it proves its ability to thrive in various real estate models.  (full story)

  • Potbelly signs deal for NYC refranchising, development
    ( - 3/13/2023)
  • Potbelly Corp. has refranchised eight New York City restaurants to United One Group as part of a development deal that calls for 13 new units over the next eight years, the company announced Monday.  (full story)

  • Fogo de Chão CEO Barry McGowan on maintaining smart growth in the upscale dining industry
    ( - 3/13/2023)
  • The company is also expanding to new markets, with recent restaurant opening in Queens, New York and New Jersey. Some sites, like Brooklyn – where the company will soon be opening — have been in development for nearly a decade.  (full story)

  • What can The Container Store learn from Sephora?
    ( - 3/13/2023)
  • The company is planning to open 10 small-format stores this year, but the format will also make up the majority of the openings within the retailer’s larger strategy to open 76 stores by the end of fiscal 2027.  (full story)

  • Gordon Food Service Expands in Houston Area With 6 New Stores
    ( - 3/13/2023)
  • Michigan-based wholesale grocery chain Gordon Food Service is expanding its footprint in Texas with six new stores slated to open in the Houston area...  (full story)

  • Kona Grill's Future Looks Bright as Growth Plans Take Shape
    ( - 3/10/2023)
  • For the remainder of 2023, there will be two to four more openings in Riverton, Utah; Phoenix; Henderson, Nevada; and Tigard, Oregon. Locations in Riverton and Phoenix are almost built, and Henderson is in progress. An opening in Lake Union, Washington, is in the future, as well.  (full story)

  • Primanti Bros. promotes Adam Golomb to CEO
    ( - 3/10/2023)
  • He takes over as the 42-unit chain looks to add restaurants in Pittsburgh and beyond. It recently opened locations in South Fayette outside of Pittsburgh as well as in Hanover, Pa. It has more openings slated for Pittsburgh’s Ross Township, Chambersburg, Pa., and Weirton, W.Va.  (full story)

  • Chick-fil-A Plans Further Expansion in Chicago
    ( - 3/10/2023)
  • Chick-fil-A began serving the Chicagoland area in 2010 at the Fox Valley Center in Aurora and plans to open 10-15 additional new restaurants in the Chicagoland area over the next five years, including a new restaurant in the suburb of Buffalo Grove slated to open in the fall of 2023.  (full story)

  • Trio of NBA Stars Bring Fatburger to Chicago
    ( - 3/10/2023)
  • A.D.T.J. Development LLC, a company created in partnership with professional basketball players, Anthony Davis Jr., Derrick Rose and Tim Hardaway Jr., and Chicago businesswomen, Toi Salter and Jackie Jackson, will also be bringing additional franchised locations of Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express to Illinois in the coming years.  (full story)

  • Driving Force: Ford's Garage revs up for growth
    ( - 3/10/2023)
  • Our expectation is to open around 10 new restaurants in 2023 and then 10 to 15 stores per year beginning in 2024. We’re drawing interest from our core group of franchisees, new franchise operators, and Ford dealerships that want a restaurant in their town.  (full story)


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