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Tropical Smoothie Café Outpaces Industry Growth

Tropical Smoothie Café, the fast-casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today its year-end results. The brand celebrated a strong year of growth, including positive comp sales of 11.4 percent and the opening of its 400th location nationwide. Tropical Smoothie Café opened 55 new stores and expanded the […]

Record Sales for Fazoli’s

Fazoli’s franchisees broke more than two-dozen weekly sales records during the last three months of 2014. The premium Italian quick-service chain has had positive franchise comp sales 54 of the last 57 months, including the last 21. During the fourth quarter, 27 new weekly franchise sales records were set, with 25 percent of franchisees reporting new records. […]

Florida’s Giardino Gourmet Salads Expands to Nashville

Giardino Gourmet Salads, a fast-casual salad concept from South Florida, will expand to Nashville, Tennessee. The three restaurants will be the franchise’s first outside of Florida. The Osman family, previous owners of Subway restaurants in various cities in Florida and Tennessee, will open these over the span of the next three years, starting in 2015.  […]

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt Comes to Las Vegas

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt is celebrating the opening of its first location in Nevada at 10170 West Tropicana Ave. in Las Vegas with a giveaway. The first 100 people in line on Friday, January 16, will receive a free Handel’s ice cream cone. “As a kid from Youngstown, Ohio, I grew up on Handel’s ice […]

Dunkin’ Among Fastest Growing Quick Serves in 2014

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced that in 2014 its U.S. franchisees opened a total of 422 net new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, once again making Dunkin’ Brands one of the fastest growing companies by unit count in the quick-service restaurant industry. “This past year was another excellent […]

Auntie Anne’s Aims for 100 New U.S. Locations This Year

After a banner year of introducing the first store redesign in company history, expanding into two new countries, and the successful launch of its popular mobile app “Pretzel Perks,” Auntie Anne's Pretzels is well positioned for significant growth on all levels in 2015. Executives with the more than 1,600-unit franchise have set a goal of […]

PizzaRev to Open Doors to 20th Location

Fast-casual pizza franchise PizzaRev kicked off 2015 with the opening of the chain’s 20th location in just over two years. The new restaurant will open in La Habra, California, next week, one of eight locations scheduled to open in Q1 2015. The upcoming expansion will include entrance into four new markets: San Diego; Bakersfield, California; […]

Erbert & Gerbert’s Lays Out Big Plans for 2015

Erbert and Gerbert’s welcomed 2015 coming off a year that saw both impressive franchisee growth along with a host of new menu choices and business programs to benefit customers and franchisees alike. With further expansion and a bevy of advertising programs and menu additions planned for 2015, the sandwich shop themed around child’s bedtime stories […]

Uncle Maddio’s to Open 4 New Units This Month

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, the 30-unit fast-casual chain with a presence in 13 states, is starting 2015 off with a bang with the opening of four new restaurants in January. The first opens January 8 in The Gardens in Havana Shopping Center in Aurora, Colorado. Units in Omaha, Nebraska; Charleston, South Carolina; and Cary, North […]

Dunkin’ to Expand Presence in China

Dunkin’ Donuts announced that it signed the largest development agreement in the company’s history with the goal of expanding Dunkin’ Donuts in China. The company entered into a long-term master franchise agreement in which Golden Cup Pte. Ltd., a joint venture between Jollibee Worldwide Pte Ltd. and Jasmine Asset Holding Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary […]

Carvel Looks to Grow in Florida

Carvel is expanding its presence in Florida. During 2014, Carvel opened four new ice cream shoppes in southern Florida and plans on adding locations in the Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, and Miami markets. The planned expansion follows the introduction of the ice cream franchise’s new shoppe design in Royal Palm Beach in 2014. “There’s tremendous buzz […]

Pieology Rides Into 2015 On a High Note

Pieology Pizzeria reported 2014 a banner year with substantial corporate and franchise growth, now totaling 55 locations nationwide. Pieology is ringing in 2015 with eight new locations throughout Southern California to open by April. Pieology is set to open a total of 180 restaurants by the end of the year, with commitments for 500. Remaining […]

Great Wraps Inks Deal for Austin, Texas

Adding to the 16 locations open in the state of Texas and 80 locations nationwide, Great Wraps announced a recent franchise agreement in Austin, Texas. The fast-casual brand signed a deal with entrepreneurs Amin Maredia and Noordin Prasla to open a location in 2015 in the city’s popular Barton Creek Square Mall.  “Barton Creek Square […]

2014 Proved a Big Year for Freddy’s

Privately held fast-casual concept Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers increased its total unit count by 30 percent (ending 2014 with 135 restaurants), made its debut in six new states, welcomed eight new franchise groups, and promoted two key corporate employees. Freddy’s opened 31 new restaurants in 2014—three corporately owned locations in the Kansas City metro […]

Maui Wowi Climbs 19 Spots on Franchise Ranking

Maui Wowi Hawaiian climbed 19 spots on the Annual Franchise 500 listing, a highly esteemed compilation of top companies published by Entrepreneur Magazine. “This great honor and valued recognition can be attributed to the ongoing support of a proven system and to the collaborative efforts of our franchisees who have worked as an ‘ohana to […]

DQ Announces Plans for Expansion in Kuwait

The Dairy Queen system, part of Berkshire Hathaway, announced plans to expand the brand’s presence in the Middle East with a multiunit development deal for DQ Grill & Chill restaurants and DQ Treat stores. Durra Khaled For Foodstuffs Co., a subsidiary of KMGC, signed a long-term franchise agreement with the Dairy Queen system and plans […]

Bowl of Heaven Signs Four-Unit Deal for LA County

Bowl of Heaven, the fast-casual concept that serves açaí bowls, smoothies, and cold pressed juices featuring plant protein and superfood ingredients, announced the signing of a four-unit franchise deal for parts of Los Angeles County, including West Hollywood and Santa Monica. Bowl Of Heaven partnered with Fransmart, the franchise development company responsible for the explosive […]

CaliBurger Inks Deal for Growth in Canada

Earlier this year, CaliBurger signed a deal to launch in Vancouver, British Columbia, and now CaliBurger has announced that its affiliate, CaliBurger Franchisor USA, entered an agreement to develop the rest of Canada. The flagship store in Ontario is expected to open in Toronto in 2015, following openings on the U.S. East Coast. The roll out […]

El Pollo Loco Opens Doors in Edinburg, Texas

El Pollo Loco celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Edinburg, Texas, on December 18. The new restaurant, located at 2808 W University Drive., is owned and operated by local franchisees Mark Wright, Wayne Pearson, and partners, and it is their third El Pollo Loco restaurant in the Rio Grande Valley. The new […]

Carl’s Jr. Expansion Heads to Japan with New Deal

Global fast-food chain Carl’s Jr. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsuuroko Group Holdings Co. Ltd. to be the exclusive franchise developer to launch its burgers in Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, Mitsuuroko will develop 150 Carl’s Jr. restaurants in Japan over the next 10 years. Mitsuuroko plans to open […]

Schlotzsky’s Makes Its Debut in Russia

Schlotzsky’s debuted its first location in Russia, part of a plan that will add more than 50 restaurants throughout seven former Soviet countries over the next 10 years. The fast-casual brand debuted in Kamergerskyi, a historical area in Moscow, on November 10 and served more than 1,000 customers in the first week alone.   “Schlotzsky’s is […]

The Halal Guys Taking Street-Food Concept to Houston

The Halal Guys, the New York City–based American Halal street-food concept, announced the signing of a new franchise deal for Houston. The new franchisee signed on to develop five units in the Houston area, representing half of the total available market, leaving more stores available for purchase in the same territory. The Halal Guys was […]

GPS Hospitality Partners Purchases 36 Burger Kings

GPS Hospitality Partners announced last week the purchase of 36 Burger King restaurants located in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey from Twoton Inc. “Twoton is one of the longest-tenured Burger King franchisees and they have operated great Burger King restaurants for more than 40 years,” says Tom Garrett, CEO and founder. “We’re excited to enter […]

Former Erie, PA, Bruster’s Revived with New Franchisee

Local restaurant owner Tim Sedney signed a franchise agreement to open a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream shop in the Dobbins Landing section of Erie, Pennsylvania. It’s one of 25 locations Bruster’s expects to open next year. The stand-alone shop is scheduled to open in March 2015 at 3100 W. 12th St., site of a former […]