dd's DISCOUNTS Opens First Store in Pennsylvania

Dublin, Calif. — dd's DISCOUNTS® opened its first store in the state of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, on June 24, 2017. With this new opening, dd's DISCOUNTS now operates 201 locations in 16 states. The opening is a part of the retailer's 2017 proposed expansion program of about 20 new dd's DISCOUNTS locations nationally during the year.

Zoës Kitchen To Add Over 15 Locations and Double Footprint in Houston

Houston — Transwestern has been retained by Zoës Kitchen, a Plano, Texas-based fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant group, as its exclusive real estate advisor in the Houston market. Currently, Zoës Kitchen has 15 Houston locations and has plans to more than double its footprint in the Houston market during the next few years.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens Michigan's 50th Location

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Café will open the state of Michigan's 50th location in Portage on March 4, 2017. This restaurant, located at 230 W. Milham Ave., will mark the second location in the region for franchisees Eduardo Ramos and Corina Groeger, as well as a milestone achievement for area developers Craig and Dianne LeMieux, and Debbie King, who have successfully helped to expand the brand's presence throughout Michigan since 2005.

Burtons Restaurant Group To Expand

Boston — Burtons Grill & Bar is in the works to expand. With 12 full-service restaurant locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, South Carolina and Virginia, Burtons plans to bring 7 new locations within the next 2 years.

Petco Opening 13 New Stores in September

San Diego — In keeping with its fast-paced 2016 growth plan, which includes 34 new Petco stores and one new Unleashed by Petco year-to-date, Petco will open 13 new Petco stores across the country and relocate one store in Paso Robles, Calif., in September. In addition, the company will also transition 31 existing Unleashed by Petco stores to smaller format Petco stores this month.

Petco To Unveil Four New Stores in August

San Diego — In keeping up with its fast-paced 2016 growth plan, which includes 31 new Petco stores and one new Unleashed by Petco store year-to-date, Petco will open one new Petco store in West Virginia in August. In addition, the company will reopen one remodeled store in California and two relocated stores in Texas and in New Jersey.

Petco Opening Three Stores in June

San Diego — In keeping with its fast-paced 2016 growth plan, Petco will open two new Petco stores in Virginia and reopen one newly remodeled and expanded Cincinnati store in June.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Plans Expansion in South Carolina

Broomfield, Colo. — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has signed a four-unit franchise development agreement to open new restaurants in South Carolina in Greenville, Spartanburg and Horry counties, with the first location slated to open in Myrtle Beach in fourth quarter 2016. This is part of Old Chicago’s aggressive franchise expansion plans for South Carolina.

Ross Stores Opens 28 New Locations

Dublin, Calif. — Ross Stores recently opened 22 Ross Dress for Less® and six dd's DISCOUNTS® stores across 15 states in February and March. These new locations are part of the company's 2016 expansion plans to add approximately 70 Ross and 20 dd's DISCOUNTS locations throughout the year.

Wahlburgers Signs Major Development Deals

Boston — Wahlburgers, the better burger restaurant founded by Chef Paul Wahlberg with celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie, has signed franchise deals with five new franchise groups to open over 30 stores in several major metro markets in Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. Seven restaurants are currently open, with three more slated within the next few months in Boston's Logan Airport, Las Vegas and Philadelphia.

Pure Barre Opens First International Location

Spartanburg, S.C.Pure Barre opened its first international location in late February 2016. The fitness studio is located on Queen Street West, a well-known retail and entertainment district in Toronto, Ontario. Pure Barre's Canadian expansion continues with two Vancouver locations set to open later this year.

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