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Philly Pretzel Factory Appoints First Chief Development Officer

Philly Pretzel Factory fanatics are a common sight in the City of Brotherly Love, but the Home of the Real Soft Pretzel is ready to take the show on the road with the help of newly appointed chief development officer Tom Monaghan. The role was created specifically for Monaghan who plans to expand the brand’s […]

Burger 21 Opens New Location in Cary, NC

Burger 21, an award-winning, “beyond the better burger” fast-casual franchise, announced its second restaurant in North Carolina will open in Cary on Monday, June 8 in the Bradford Shopping Center. To celebrate, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from the first two days of business to the Cary Family YMCA. Additionally, the […]

Little Greek Gets Bigger In Florida Market

Little Greek, a Tampa, Florida-based fast-casual Greek multi-unit restaurant company with an American influence, has opened at Waterford Lakes Town Center. “We are excited to be open in the Orlando area,” says Nick Vojnovic, Little Greek president. “Waterford Lakes is the perfect location for our introduction to the Orlando market.” This is Little Greek’s first […]

Newk’s Opens By Louisiana State University

Newk’s Eatery is bringing its signature brand of fresh, flavorful dining to the Northgate community with the debut of its second restaurant in the capital City. Located adjacent to Louisiana State University, the fast-casual restaurant will be opening its doors on Monday, June 8 at 11 a.m.—the second Newk’s to be unveiled in the Baton Rouge […]

Southeast Franchise Forum Names Marketing Chairman

The Southeast Franchise Forum (SEFF) announces the appointment of Paul Macaluso as chairman of its Marketing Committee, effective immediately.  “We are looking forward to Paul chairing the Marketing Committee,” says Jim Squire, CFE, chairman of the SEFF. “With more than 20 years of restaurant and franchise experience and a proven track record at FOCUS Brands, I’m confident […]

The Halal Guys Expands to Northern Virginia

The Halal Guys, the innovative American Halal food concept based in New York City, signed a five-unit franchise deal for territories in Northern Virginia, which comes after already signing a 10-unit deal for Washington, D.C., a few months earlier.   The D.C. metro still has a number of major markets with prime franchise territories available, including […]

Amsterdam Falafelshop to Open Four Units in South Florida

Amsterdam Falafelshop announced plans to bring the brand’s award-winning falafel to South Florida. Local entrepreneur Ajay Patel signed a multiunit franchise agreement to launch four new shops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and surrounding communities. He is planning to open the first location in Miami Beach early next year. Based in D.C., the fast-growing, fast-casual franchise […]

Neapolitan Express Teams Up With Fransmart

Neapolitan Express is carrying the momentum of its successful eco-friendly mobile Neapolitan Pizzeria into an agreement with Fransmart, the global leader in franchising innovative fast casual restaurants. The company, which uses the organic, 100-percent non-GMO ingredients, free from additives and preservatives, will now be available as a franchise investment opportunity through the development company behind the explosive […]

Bowl of Heaven Partners with Fransmart to Drive Growth

Bowl of Heaven—the innovative concept which serves up delicious açaí bowls, smoothies, and cold-pressed juices that feature plant protein and super food ingredients— has announced the signing of a three-unit franchise deal for territories in its home state of California. Bowl Of Heaven has partnered with Fransmart, the development company responsible for the explosive growth […]

Slapfish Focuses Growth in Southern California

Slapfish, a Huntington Beach–based, chef-driven, fast-casual seafood restaurant with an emphasis on serving fresh, sustainable dishes, has announced the signing of a multiunit franchise deal to focus on Southern California. Slapfish is expanding through a partnership with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind the explosive growth of brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and […]

Coffee Bean Enters Japanese Market

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a Southern California favorite for more than 50 years, enters its 25th international market when it opens in Japan this May 2015. Founded in Los Angeles in 1963, the iconic brand is one of the world's first and largest privately held coffee and tea retailers with nearly 1,000 stores globally collectively serving more than […]

Smashburger Announces Three New Franchise Partners

Smashburger today announced it has added three new partners to its growing family of better-burger franchisees. The combined commitment for 61 new restaurants brings Smashburger’s total active franchise pipeline to more than 350 units set to open over the next several years. As a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to expand operations across all […]

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop to Open 20-Plus Units in Florida

Texas-based Fuzzy's Taco Shop, the award-winning, fast-casual Baja-style Mexican restaurant franchise famous for its addictive Baja soft tacos and all-day breakfast, announced four new multiunit development agreements that will bring the "Fresh, Fast, Fun" restaurant concept to Florida this summer. The agreements call for opening more than 20 new Fuzzy's Taco Shops in the Sarasota, […]

Mora Iced Creamery Launches Franchise Program

It took nearly 10 years of people asking about the ability to buy a Mora Iced Creamery franchise before founders Ana Orselli and Jerry Perez felt it was time to say yes. Founded in 2005, the company began manufacturing artisanal, small-batch ice cream on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and over a decade slowly expanded by opening […]

Moe’s Opens 600th Store in Salt Lake City

Moe’s Southwest Grill, a leader in the fast-casual Mexican space, opened its 600th restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah this month. The milestone reflects the momentum the brand has built by signing several high-profile, multiunit franchise agreements nationwide, just 15 years after opening its first location in Atlanta, Georgia. “The opening of our 600th restaurant […]

PizzaRev Makes Colorado Debut

Award-winning fast-casual pizza concept, PizzaRev, will make its Colorado debut this summer in Boulder, followed closely by a second location in Lafayette. The build-your-own pizza shop was founded in April 2012 and has since grown to 27 open restaurants. PizzaRev expansion into Colorado is led by franchise partners Randy and Deanna Chilton and long time […]

Salsarita’s Set to Open in Lewisville, Texas

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina is arriving in Lewisville, Texas, courtesy of Barton & Agha, LLC. Set to open mid-summer, the Lewisville restaurant is one of six locations rolling out in the metroplex over a four-year period. Plano, Frisco, and Allen are the target areas for these locations. The principals of the company behind the deal are Mohammad […]

Pieology Opens New Location With Salad Platform

Pieology Pizzeria opened its second Fresno restaurant. Located at 6709 North Riverside Dr., in the Marketplace at El Paseo near Herndon and Highway 99, the newest Fresno location is one of the first to feature Pieology’s new custom salad platform, allowing guests to personalize fresh, made-to-order salads. “Since opening our doors in Fresno last year, […]

McAlister’s Signs Three New Development Agreements

McAlister’s Deli announced it has signed three development agreements with new and existing franchisees to open restaurants in Southern Georgia and North, Central, and Southwest Florida.  Existing franchisee DMAC 81 LLC, based in Summerville, South Carolina, plans to open several new restaurants between southern Georgia and North Florida. The franchise group operates several McAlister’s locations across South […]

California Tortilla Opens Food Court Location in DC

This May, popular fast casual chain California Tortilla will open a new location in the recently remodeled L’Enfant Plaza food court, bringing its imaginative Mexican menu to downtown DC’s hungry lunch crowd. California Tortilla will join popular lunch options like Potbelly and Roti in L’Enfant Plaza’s East Food Court. Since the first store opened in […]

Hungry Howie’s Opens in Colorado

Hungry Howie’s Pizza will be breaking into the Colorado market, opening its newest location in Aurora on Wednesday, May 20. Local residents will now be able to have a taste of the brand’s eight flavored crust options: Cajun, sesame, butter, butter cheese, garlic herb, ranch, onion, and Asiago cheese. To celebrate the opening, the restaurant […]

CREAM Opens First of Three San Fernando Valley Units

CREAM, the San Francisco Bay–based dessert franchise that specializes in high-quality ice cream sandwiches and other confections, will open three stores in the San Fernando Valley over the next 1–2 years, with the first store opening this summer in Northridge at 9000 Reseda Blvd. “This latest agreement underscores the strength of our business model and […]

Blaze Opens Second Louisville Location

Just a year after the Louisville, Kentucky–based Millennial Restaurant Group (MRG) opened its first Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza in Louisville, the fast-casual pizza concept announced that it will soon open a second Louisville area location in Middletown. The new restaurant, set to open in June, will be the seventh location for the franchise group, which is […]

The Halal Guys Plan for 200-Plus Franchise Units

The Halal Guys, the innovative American Halal food concept based in New York City, has partnered with Fransmart and announced the signing of four new multiunit franchise deals outside the home market of New York City. More than 20 new restaurants will open in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Chicago. The Halal Guys have signed […]

Latin American McDonald’s ‘Arcos Dorados’ Recognized

Arcos Dorados, which operates more than 2,100 McDonald’s restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean, announced that it has been selected as the fifth best place to work in Latin America. The 2015 ranking by the Great Place to Work Institute placed Arcos Dorados in the top five multinationals operating in the region for a […]