Dippin’ Dots and Doc Popcorn to Debut in China

Paducah, Ky. — More than 3 years in the making, Dippin' Dots and Doc Popcorn will debut in China for the first time. America's leading flash frozen beaded ice cream company and the largest franchisor of fresh-popped popcorn plan to open six locations by this fall and a total of 10 by May 2019.

P.F. Chang’s Opens its First Restaurant in China

Scottsdale, Ariz. — P.F. Chang’s, the full-service Asian restaurant industry leader, has opened its first restaurant in China at the No1 Mall on the iconic Nanjing Road in Shanghai. P.F. Chang’s currently owns and operates more than 300 restaurants in 23 countries and territories.

FAO Schwarz Plans Global Expansion

New York City — Subsequent to its successful re-launch in 2017, the iconic toy retailer FAO Schwarz continues its international growth strategy, propelling the brand into new global markets, channels and categories. FAO Schwarz also recently revealed plans to build a new 20,000-square-foot flagship location in the heart of New York's historic Rockefeller Plaza in time for the holiday 2018 season.

Through $1.3 Billion JV Acquisition, Starbucks Will Operate All Starbucks Stores in Mainland China

Seattle — Starbucks Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 50% share of its East China (East China JV) business from joint venture partners, Uni-President Enterprises Corporation (UPEC) and President Chain Store Corporation (PCSC) for approximately $1.3 billion in cash consideration in the largest single acquisition in the company’s history.

Wahlburgers Plans Major Expansion to Asia

Hollywood, Calif. — Wahlburgers, the better burger restaurant brand founded by Chef Paul Wahlberg and celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie, will expand to Asia in 2017 through a joint venture with Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG). The first three restaurants are slated to open in Hangzhou, Wuhan and Shanghai, China. The objective is to open 100 restaurants in China and the surrounding region over the next 5 years.

FOCUS Brands Strengthens Commitment to Asia Pacific

Atlanta — FOCUS Brands welcomes Ken Chen as senior vice president and managing director of Asia Pacific. In his new role, Ken will continue to grow FOCUS Brands' current retail business in existing markets, as well as expand the portfolio in China, Australia, Indonesia and others. Cinnabon® and Auntie Anne's® are currently leading international growth efforts, followed by Carvel®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky's®.

Bruno Magli Plans New Stores in China and Japan

New York City — Luxury Italian brand Bruno Magli has formed two new partnerships in Asia with Sitoy Retailing Ltd. in China and Bruno Magli Partners Co., Ltd. in Japan. Included in the retail strategy are at least 15 new branded stores in China.

World of Beer To Open First International Location

Tampa, Fla. — World of Beer, the Tampa, Fla.-based craft tavern concept featuring 550+ craft and international beers, has signed a franchise agreement to expand internationally for the first time. The new tavern will be located in Shanghai, China, and is slated to open in the second quarter of 2016. Franchisee Cong Yin and his two partners plan to open at least three locations in Shanghai over the next 3 years.

Toys"R"Us Opens 100th Store in China

Beijing — Ten years after first entering the market, Toys"R"Us, Inc. has opened its 100th store in China. The grand opening took place on January 16, 2016 at the APM Shopping Mall in Wang Fu Jing, one of the leading retail districts in Beijing, where Toys"R"Us® opened one of its 27 new stores across the country within the past year.

Brookstone Opens First Overseas Store

Nanjing, China — Innovative product developer and specialty retailer Brookstone began the new year by opening its first overseas store in one of the largest retail shopping centers in Nanjing, China. Additionally, Brookstone opened three store-in-stores within Funtalk Telecommunication's locations in Beijing and Shanghai.

bebe To Enter Greater China With Up to 150 New Shops

Brisbane, Calif. — bebe stores, inc. has signed a 5-year exclusive license with Longgoal LLC, a Shanghai-based agency of international high-end brands, to open between 60 and 150 bebe points of distribution in Greater China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The first boutique is expected to open in summer 2016.

Kingsdown To Open 500 Stores in China Over Next 5 Years

Mebane, N.C. — Kingsdown, Inc., the nation's largest independent and employee-owned mattress manufacturer, has signed a new licensing agreement with Chinese bedding producer and retailer, Roth Bedding Technology International Limited, to open 500 stores over the next 5 years.

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