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Crushed Red Plans Kansas City Expansion

Crushed Red, a progressive Urban Bake and Chop Shop franchise dishing up chopped-to-order salads and artisan-crafted whole grain pizzas, is targeting Kansas City for expansion in 2015. The company is seeking qualified franchise partners to develop restaurants throughout the market, serving up true artisan flavors and boosting the local economy with the creation of 35 jobs per […]

First International Foray For BurgerFi

BurgerFi has announced its first international development agreement. In a deal with EFIT SA DE CV, 40 restaurants are planned for Mexico City and the surrounding areas over the next five to seven years, generating approximately 1,000 jobs. The first international location is slated to open in the fall of 2015.   Known for its fresh, […]

Gigi’s Expands New Prototype in South Carolina

Gigi’s Cupcakes, America’s largest gourmet cupcake and specialty baked goods franchise, is currently seeking local franchise partners to develop two new bakeries in Columbia, South Carolina. Gigi’s Cupcakes has a strong brand presence throughout the Southeast with multiple locations in Georgia and North Carolina as well as one in Greenville, South Carolina. The local expansion […]

McAlister’s Looks to Expand in Promising Phoenix Market

McAlister’s Deli announced today it is targeting Phoenix for franchise growth. The brand is seeking experienced multi-unit restaurant operators to help expand McAlister’s presence in the market through multi-unit development agreements in areas such as Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, and Goodyear.   “The National Restaurant Association has predicted Phoenix will lead the country in restaurant […]

BGR’s 21st Location to Open in D.C.’s ‘Mixing Bowl’

Chanticleer Holdings Inc., owner and operator of multiple restaurant brands internationally and domestically, announced that it will bring BGR: The Burger Joint to the Springfield Town Center in Springfield, Virginia. This summer's opening marks the 21st BGR location. One of the largest malls in northern Virginia, the Springfield Town Center went through a two-year renovation, […]

Soupman Inc. Opens New Delicatessen Concept

Soupman Inc., the parent company of the Original SoupMan, opened its newest restaurant, the Original SoupMan Famous Delicatessen & Grill at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island in Garden City, New York. In honor of the grand opening Original SoupMan Famous Delicatessen & Grill at Roosevelt Field Mall, the Original SoupMan, who coined the […]

Tropical Smoothie Looks to Expand in Philly and NJ

Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast-casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, is actively pursuing Philadelphia and Northern New Jersey for franchise growth. Over the next 10 years, the sandwich and smoothie franchise expects to open 50 locations throughout the area in communities such as Upper Darby, Conshohocken, […]

Potbelly Signs New Franchisee in Houston Area

Potbelly Sandwich Shop signed an agreement that will soon bring a new location to the Houston area in Tomball, Texas. Currently slated to open in late summer, the 2,000-square-foot shop will be located in Tomball Marketplace. The widely acclaimed neighborhood hangout is known for its signature sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes, and live, local music. Potbelly shops […]

Bruster’s Makes Largest Domestic Franchisee Deal

For the first time, scoops of premium Bruster’s Real Ice Cream will be served in Southern California under the largest domestic development deal in the company’s 25-year history. The first of six locations is scheduled to open in Cypress, California, this April. Bruster’s features more than 200 flavors of handcrafted ice cream, yogurt, Italian ice […]

Maui Wowi Takes Aloha Spirit to The Jersey Shore

Maui Wowi Hawaiian announces a new location coming soon to the Ocean City Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. The company says it plans to open up its fresh fruit smoothie and gourmet coffee shop in time for Memorial Day weekend, to kickoff summer. Just steps away from the beach at the Jersey Shore and […]

Newk’s Expands Louisiana Footprint

Newk’s Eatery is strengthening its Louisiana presence with the opening of two new locations in the Capital City. Positioned on Corporate Boulevard, the first restaurant will hold its grand opening on March 23 with the second location opening in the Northgate community in mid-May. The fast casual also has plans to open a third Baton […]

Pieology Opens Fifth Portland Location

Pieology Pizzeria announced today the opening of its fifth Portland location at Fox Tower on Friday, March 20. Pieology’s five Oregon locations, including Fox Tower, Washington Square, Grant Park, Nyberg Rivers, and Clackamas Town Center, are locally owned and operated by husband-and-wife-duo Brian Bouma and Renee Bouma of Bend, Oregon, and their business partner Mike […]

PizzaRev Opens Two San Diego Franchise Locations

PizzaRev opened two franchise locations in San Diego earlier this month. The build-your-own artisanal pizza shops are located at Scripps Ranch and Carmel Valley. To mark its entrance into the communities, PizzaRev hosted grand opening fundraisers to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. Guests were invited to name the price of […]

Fazoli’s Franchisee to Open Six Units in Georgia

C&P Restaurant Co., a top-100 restaurant franchise group, has signed a six-unit development agreement for Georgia with premium quick-service chain Fazoli’s. The announcement comes as Fazoli’s franchisees continue to break same-store sales records. In February, franchisees’ comp sales were up 5.5 percent, compared to the QSR segment’s average 2.2-percent increase, as reported by MillerPulse. It […]

Krispy Kreme Ramps up Growth, Opens 1,000th Store

After years of steady growth, Krispy Kreme has ramped up its expansion. In February, the doughnut purveyor opened its 1,000th location in Kansas City, Kansas. Before the calendar year is up, it plans to open in six to eight new countries, mostly concentrated in the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions. It will also to continue […]

Chicken Salad Chick Hosts Second Franchise Conference

Chicken Salad Chick held its second annual franchise owner conference last week at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center in Auburn, Alabama. The awards banquet, which was held Monday night, included the presentation of several awards in various categories. “We are extremely proud of the group of franchise owners that are a part of […]

Taco John’s to Open 25 Franchise Locations

Taco John’s, one of the largest Mexican quick-service restaurant chains in the U.S., has signed deals to open 25 stores and is poised for rapid growth. The new stores will be developed in current markets, as well as new markets in Indiana, Virginia, and New York. “This is a new day at Taco John’s,” says […]

Hot Dog on a Stick Finds Franchisees in Southwest

Global Franchise Group (GFG) LLC, the strategic brand management company and franchisor of Great American Cookies, Pretzelmaker, Marble Slab Creamery, MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery, and Hot Dog on Stick, announced the signing of two franchise agreements for new Hot Dog on a Stick locations in Austin, Texas, and Las Cruses, New Mexico. The agreements […]

The Pie Hole Launches Global Franchise Program

The Pie Hole, the Los Angeles–based pie and coffee concept, announced the launch of its worldwide franchise program. Named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Pies in America list, the Pie Hole features sweet and savory, made-from-scratch pies and premium coffees in a fast-casual, local gathering space format.   The Pie Hole currently has two corporate-owned […]

Newk’s Eatery Finds Franchisee Partner in San Antonio

Newk’s Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchen, announced its newest franchise partner, Stephen Kuehler, who will lead the chain’s expansion into the San Antonio area. Kuehler joins the Newk’s team with 30 years of experience in the food industry throughout the U.S. and Europe. He held several leadership positions […]

Slapfish to Open Three Franchisee Locations in 2015

On the heels of the opening of its third location in California and following its international franchise debut in Dubai, UAE, Slapfish unveils its early expansion plan for 2015 with four new stores set to open in the U.S. With the first of three new franchise stores, one is scheduled to open this April at the […]

Church’s Chicken Partners with Travel Center Chain

Church’s Chicken has entered into a 10-unit franchise development agreement with Road Ranger, the leading truck stop, gas station, convenience store, and travel center chain in the Midwest spanning Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas. The terms of the deal, while not disclosed, focus on developing non-traditional locations co-located in the Road Ranger travel […]

Pie Five Pizza Opens Fourth D.C. Location

This Friday, denizens of the nation’s capital will get their first taste of fast-casual pizza chain, Pie Five Pizza. The concept will unveil its newest restaurant in L’Enfant Plaza Center, one block south of the National Mall, on March 13. Doors open at 7 a.m. The grand opening marks Pie Five’s fourth location in the […]

Woody’s Opens in BBQ Capital of the World

It’s only fitting that a 35-year-old Southern barbecue franchise would want to have a presence in a state that is home to the “BBQ Capital of the World.” That’s why Florida-based Woody’s Bar-B-Q is proud to announce the opening of its newest restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee – marking the national chain’s one and only restaurant […]

Top Round Roast Beef Names First Franchisee

Top Round Roast Beef announced its first franchisee will be opening multiple stores in San Jose, California.  The chef-driven fast food concept has selected restaurant industry veteran Ricardo Lopez to open its first franchised locations.  The first San Jose Top Round Roast Beef restaurant is expected to open by the end of 2015. “San Jose […]

Fuzzy’s New St. Louis Shop Has Full Bar, Local Brews

“Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has a large fan base in St. Louis and we are excited that its unique atmosphere adds new energy to our dining options at Westport Plaza,” says Craig Cobler, senior vice president of development for Westport Plaza. “Our customers can look forward to bold, fast-casual Baja-style options that Fuzzy’s Taco Shop serves.” […]