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  • Chicago Icon Portillo's Goes Public, Begins Road to 600 Restaurants
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/22/2021)
  • At 67 locations, Portillo’s 600-unit target over the next 25 years is hardly a paltry one. It would signal growth of 900 percent for a brand in business since 1963, when Dick Portillo took $1,100 meant for a first home and used it to purchase a 6-by-12-foot trailer.  (full story)

  • Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii Signs Record-Breaking Development Deal
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/22/2021)
  • Per the agreement, Rothwell Development will open 18 Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii units in Tennessee with four units in Knoxville, two units in Gatlinburg and 12 units, initially, in the greater Nashville area with an option to open an additional 15-20 units.  (full story)

  • The Habit Burger Grill Ignites Expansion with Nationwide Franchising
    (franchising.com - 10/22/2021)
  • The franchise’s flexible footprint, including drive-thru, endcap, freestanding and in-line buildouts, provides entrepreneurs with a wide range of real estate models that fit any market, along with non-traditional venues such as colleges and universities, airports, and amusement parks.  (full story)

  • Rapid Fired Pizza acquired by franchisees Pie Guys Restaurants
    (nrn.com - 10/22/2021)
  • The company is slated to open five new locations over the next year in South Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia, and Texas. Headquarters will remain in Ohio, with a possible option of moving to South Carolina in the future.  (full story)

  • QuikTrip is adding multiple Middle Georgia locations. Is a new store opening near you?
    (macon.com - 10/22/2021)
  • Today, a half-dozen or more QuikTrip stores with a smaller footprint than the travel center are under construction or in the planning stages in the region — including three-to-five new stores planned for Macon.  (full story)

  • QuickChek Opens Three Stores in New Jersey
    (cstoredecisions.com - 10/22/2021)
  • The Whitehouse Station area in New Jersey has three new QuickChek stores, each featuring a contemporary new white and brick exterior design with a green tower with a large green “Q” to complement an innovative “Fresh to Go” interior layout.  (full story)

  • Hounds Town USA Hires Operations Guru Abe Dunaway to Join Team As New Senior Director of Operations
    (1851franchise.com - 10/22/2021)
  • Hounds Town USA, the 20-plus-unit doggie day care franchise, is set to open 38 stores and counting over the next 9 months, with a 24-month goal of getting to 100.  (full story)

  • Ulta tests small-format stores, moves into wellness as it seeks growth
    (etaildive.com - 10/21/2021)
  • As the beauty retailer aims for $10 billion in net sales by 2024, store growth will continue, with plans to expand its store footprint by 50 stores per year for the next three years...  (full story)

  • QuickChek Opens Three Stores in New Jersey
    (cstoredecisions.com - 10/21/2021)
  • The Whitehouse Station area in New Jersey has three new QuickChek stores...QuickChek has 159 stores, including 92 locations with fuel throughout New Jersey and New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island...  (full story)

  • Norman’s Hallmark acquires eight locations, including three in area
    (delawarebusinessnow.com - 10/21/2021)
  • Norman’s Hallmark, the nation’s largest independent owner of Gold Crown Hallmark stores, has acquired eight additional locations in four states...  (full story)

  • Tractor Supply Company Reports Record Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
    (maryvilleforum.com - 10/21/2021)
  • The Company opened 12 new Tractor Supply stores and three new Petsense stores in the third quarter of 2021...  (full story)

  • Jack in the Box Signs Seven Deals to Open 47 Locations
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/21/2021)
  • The agreements will help the brand grow in existing markets including Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston, as well as new ones such as Salt Lake City and Louisville indicating a strong return to development following Jack in the Box’s franchising relaunch earlier this year.  (full story)

  • LINE-X Awards 15 Franchise Agreements in 2021 and Projects More Development to Come
    (prnewswire.com - 10/20/2021)
  • New LINE-X franchise agreements awarded just since January cover 15 states and provinces, including first-time entry into Chattanooga, Tenn., Flagstaff, Ariz. and Conroe, Texas.  (full story)

  • Coborn’s Extends Footprint to Michigan With Tadych’s Acquisition
    (progressivegrocer.com - 10/20/2021)
  • Coborn’s Inc. has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Tadych’s Econofoods grocery stores, three of which are located in eastern Wisconsin and three in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  (full story)

  • Caribou Coffee Adds U.S. Franchising to Growth Journey
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/20/2021)
  • The restaurant provides a full coffee bar, limited food options and an outside patio seating/dining space, according to the brand’s FDD. The coffee chain has since opened 17 of these stores, with another half-dozen or so scheduled to debut by the end of 2021.  (full story)

  • Chicken Salad Chick Gears Up for Franchise Development in Texas with 8-Unit Agreement
    (franchising.com - 10/20/2021)
  • This San Antonio development is fueled by OberRoc LLC, a franchise company formed by San Antonio natives James Oberg, Jeff Rochelle and George Shaw with the goal of growing innovative restaurant concepts in the Greater San Antonio area.  (full story)

  • FirstCash Reports Strong Third Quarter Results; Announces 18-Store U.S. Pawn Acquisition; Declares $
    (streetinsider.com - 10/20/2021)
  • FirstCash also continues to invest in growth opportunities and provide shareholder returns utilizing its strong balance sheet and cash flows. We are pleased to announce an 18-store acquisition of U.S. pawn stores in the Gulf Coast region...  (full story)

  • Celebree School Reaches Major Growth Milestone
    (franchising.com - 10/20/2021)
  • Since beginning to franchise just two years ago, Celebree is celebrating the significant milestone of awarding more than 50 franchise locations. Celebree put a premium on choosing the right locations and the best possible areas for scalable growth.  (full story)

  • Cowboy Chicken reveals location of first Orlando area restaurant
    (orlandoweekly.com - 10/19/2021)
  • The Kissimmee location of Cowboy Chicken — which sells wings, enchiladas and sides in addition to whole chickens — is tentatively set to open in early 2022. Locations in Winter Park, Altamonte Springs and Oviedo are reportedly still in the works.   (full story)

  • Peter Piper Pizza acquires 10 Arizona franchised locations, announces franchise expansion in Texas
    (nrn.com - 10/19/2021)
  • Additionally, the Company’s franchisee, Pizza Properties, Inc., has plans to open two new Peter Piper Pizza locations in the San Antonio area in the summer and fall of 2022.  (full story)

  • Bagel Boss Unveils New Store Design
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/19/2021)
  • “We are excited to embark on this new era for Bagel Boss, and are currently looking for operators in the Tri-State area and Florida to build our first new location featuring this new design.“  (full story)

  • Fleet Feet Adds Florida Locations With Acquisition Of FITniche
    (sgbonline.com - 10/19/2021)
  • Current owner Rich Wills, who founded FITniche in 2005, will exit the business. Under company ownership, these locations will bring Fleet Feet’s count of Florida stores to ten.  (full story)

  • Sweet Paris to Open Multiple Locations in Miami
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 10/19/2021)
  • Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café is expanding to the state of Florida for the first time ever with four new locations. The franchise announced it has signed leases for two new restaurants in the Miami area, and has two more in development.  (full story)

  • Mici Handcrafted Italian Signs First Franchise Deal, Hires Matt Stanton as Chief Growth Officer
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/19/2021)
  • The newest of such exciting growth plans include Mici’s first official franchise deal—a 30-unit agreement in Phoenix, Arizona. The deal’s principals are Lucas Farnham and David Doty.  (full story)

  • Greek from Greece Café Opens First Franchise Restaurant in Philadelphia
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/19/2021)
  • This is gfg’s second location in Pennsylvania after the first opened in Kennett Square earlier this year. The new restaurant is the third location to open in 2021 alone with 11 additional locations in development.  (full story)

  • Great Plains Capital Buys Stake in Toppers Pizza to Fund Growth Opportunities
    (restaurantnews.com - 10/19/2021)
  • Fueled by this momentum, Toppers is making systemwide investments in franchise development, company store development, increased training and technology innovation. Looking ahead, Toppers plans to open 10 to 12 stores in 2022, followed by 20 to 30 per year in 2023 and 2024.  (full story)

  • D1 Training Strengthens Northwest Arkansas Footprint with Multi-Unit Signing
    (franchising.com - 10/19/2021)
  • D1 Training, has announced the signing of a two-unit franchise agreement that will bring new facilities to Bentonville and Fayetteville. Behind the agreement are existing franchisees - Steve Snider and Todd Farnsworth - who operate two existing facilities and have found the state to be a prime area for expansion.   (full story)

  • Meet Wild Wing Cafe, the chain that’s trying to become a community gathering spot
    (nrn.com - 10/18/2021)
  • “I think we could be up to 100 restaurants by 2028, and I think that's just a small piece of the puzzle,” he said. “This brand could be easily 350 restaurants across the country.”  (full story)

  • Florida restaurant chain drives to open 4 Greater Cincinnati locations
    (local12.com - 10/18/2021)
  • The chain is considering Milford, West Chester, Florence and Covington for its other possible locations. There are now 14 locations in Florida and one each in Indiana and Michigan.  (full story)

  • McAlister's Deli Opens 500th Restaurant
    (franchising.com - 10/18/2021)
  • For example, longtime franchisee The Saxton Group recently signed a deal for 32 new restaurants, further demonstrating franchisee belief in the brand. Additionally, current McAlister's franchisee Guillermo Perales, CEO of Sun Holdings, plans to open 51 restaurants over the next six years.  (full story)

  • Breakthrough Better-Chicken Brand Opening in St. Louis
    (franchising.com - 10/18/2021)
  • Slim Chickens announced today its new restaurant opening at 1515 Hampton Ave. in St. Louis. This new restaurant is one of many locations R Solutions is bringing to Missouri.  (full story)

  • Hammer & Nails Continues Ohio Growth with Two New Signed Franchise Agreements
    (franchising.com - 10/18/2021)
  • Darner plans to open a Hammer & Nails location in Centerville, a suburb of Dayton, and Powell, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio with a goal to open the first location by Q3 2022, and the second to follow.   (full story)

  • Albertsons sees second-quarter rebound
    (supermarketnews.com - 10/18/2021)
  • Albertsons finished the second quarter with 2,278 food and drug stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia, up from 2,252 a year earlier...  (full story)

  • Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade to Open First Location in the State of Florida
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 10/18/2021)
  • The Sarasota location will be the first of five total gourmet lemonade stands in Gulf Coast area of Florida, fueling additional expansion plans for the region while also introducing the sustainable fast casual spot to the area.  (full story)

  • Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 10/18/2021)
  • "We have made significant progress in signing new franchise development agreements, having signed a total of seven so far this year, including four since July, for a total of 53 new future Del Taco restaurant commitments across six states from coast to coast."  (full story)

  • Local Entrepreneurs Open the First Florida Capriotti's Location in Odessa
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 10/18/2021)
  • Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is debuting a new location in the Starkey Ranch development in Odessa at 12267 SR 54 on Oct. 18. This location will mark the first of 15 total locations set to develop in the Tampa Bay area.  (full story)

  • Allbirds pushes forward with brick-and-mortar expansion, opens two new stores
    (us.fashionnetwork.com - 10/16/2021)
  • In a SEC filing made by the brand this summer, Allbirds revealed, “we are in the early phase of a ramp towards hundreds of potential locations in the future,” going on to explain, “as our store fleet expands, we expect our growth to accelerate, as compared to 2020.  (full story)

  • El Pollo Loco Inks Agreement to Open Eight Stores in Denver
    (qsrmagazine.com - 10/15/2021)
  • LMU Investments, LLC, whose partners already own 18 El Pollo Loco restaurants throughout California and Utah, will open four restaurants exclusively on the east side of Denver. Their first restaurant will be located in Peoria, Colorado and is expected to open in 2022.  (full story)

  • U.S. retailers have announced twice as many store openings as closings
    (nrf.com - 10/15/2021)
  • This is nearly double the 2,890-plus store closing announcements over the same period and highlights retailers’ optimism and their recognition of the importance and longer-term benefits of physical stores.  (full story)

  • Shipley Do-Nuts to Open 6 New Locations in the Greater Houston Area
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 10/14/2021)
  • "Our goal is to double in size in the next five years, and we'll get there with the help of our longtime Shipley franchisees who are growing with us, along with brand newcomers who see the incredible potential and opportunity that Shipley offers."  (full story)

  • Domino's Pizza Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
    (restaurantnewsresource.com - 10/14/2021)
  • The Company had third quarter global net store growth of 323 stores, comprised of 45 net U.S. store openings and 278 net international store openings.  (full story)

  • Windsor Fashions opening 28 stores by year end; 35 planned for 2022
    (chainstoreage.com - 10/13/2021)
  • The Southern California-based young women's apparel and accessories retailer, said it plans to open an additional 28 retail stores by the end of 2021, bringing its total store footprint to 294 stores.  (full story)

  • Roy Rogers Expands Into Greater Cincinnati With 10 New Locations
    (franchising.com - 10/13/2021)
  • One Holland Corp. plans to bring the new locations to Hamilton, Butler and Clermont counties in Southwest Ohio; Boone, Kenton, Campbell counties in Northern Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Southeast Indiana.  (full story)

  • Amazon opening new Fresh grocery location in North Seattle plaza; another planned south of city
    (geekwire.com - 10/13/2021)
  • The tech giant has 18 Fresh stores open to date, including two relatively new locations in the Seattle region. A store opened in the Factoria area of Bellevue, Wash., in June and another opened in Seattle’s Central District in August.  (full story)

  • Atlanta Area Turns on the Lights: 8-Unit Deal Signed with Batteries Plus
    (franchising.com - 10/12/2021)
  • Behind the purchase is Equicorp Partners, LLC, an Atlanta-based, multi-unit franchise developer and private investment and advisement office. Two new locations will open in early 2022 in Dunwoody and Suwanee and two more will be located in Covington and Cartersville in the fall of next year.  (full story)

  • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Enters the Big Leagues
    (fsrmagazine.com - 10/12/2021)
  • When it comes to future U.S. franchise opportunities, Flaum says the relationship with Power Brands is not a test or trial run, and Grimaldi’s isn’t waiting for the Alabama stores to open before striking more deals.  (full story)

  • Blo Blow Dry Bar Marches Forward with Largest Multi-Unit Deal in Brand History
    (franchising.com - 10/12/2021)
  • Blo Blow Dry Bar, North America’s original blow dry bar, announced today the signing of a seven-unit franchise agreement in the Houston-area.  (full story)

  • Fazoli’s Signs 11th Franchise Deal Marking 29 New Locations in Development for Record-Setting FY2022
    (restaurantnews.com - 10/12/2021)
  • The new deals will result in 10 locations throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Dakota. Fazoli’s will open locations in major markets like Orlando, and south Atlanta, along with Greenville and Wilmington, North Carolina.  (full story)

  • Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade to Open First Location in the State of Texas
    (restaurantnews.com - 10/12/2021)
  • The first Wow Wow location in the Lone Star State will be located in the Bishop Arts District at 320 W 8th St. Dallas, TX 75208. This location will be the start of several developments in the state of Texas, and the continued efforts for the brand’s expansion.  (full story)

  • The Toasted Yolk Cafe Signs Deal to Add Three Dallas-Forth Worth Locations
    (fsrmagazine.com - 10/11/2021)
  • “The Toasted Yolk Cafe is a dominant force in the booming breakfast, brunch and lunch category, so we jumped on the opportunity to bring it to DFW,” says Jacqui Brewer, Toasted Yolk’s newest franchise partner.  (full story)








     

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