IKEA to Open City Center Store in Manhattan

Conshohocken, Pa. — IKEA U.S. is opening its first city center store in the U.S., marking the company’s ongoing transformation and commitment to bringing IKEA into the heart of urban areas. The ‘IKEA Planning Studio’ is scheduled to open in Manhattan in spring 2019.

Breakfast Republic Continues Expansion

San Diego — San Diego's fastest-growing, non-franchised breakfast eatery, Breakfast Republic, has grown exponentially since the opening of its first location in 2015, now boasting seven locations around San Diego, and more slated to arrive in the coming year in both San Diego and Orange County.

Veggie Grill Plans First East Coast Location in New York City

Santa Monica, Calif. — Veggie Grill, the go-to destination for plant-based, chef-inspired food, will launch its first-ever restaurant in New York City. Now operating 31 locations in California, Oregon, Washington and Illinois, Veggie Grill is slated to open its Flatiron District location in spring 2019.

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse to Expand in Wisconsin

Sun Prairie, Wis. — Johnny's Italian Steakhouse plans to expand in the state of Wisconsin. Johnny's currently has a foothold in the state with two existing locations in Eau Claire and Middleton. Its newest restaurant is projected to open in Sun Prairie, Wis., in August. The growing restaurant franchise plans to bring five additional locations to the area over the next 3 years.  

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.

UNIQLO Canada to Open 4 New Stores in Fall 2018

Toronto — UNIQLO, the global casual apparel retailer, plans to open four new Canadian stores in fall 2018, including three new stores in the greater Toronto area at Vaughan Mills, CF Markville and Square One Shopping Centre and one new store in the greater Vancouver area at Coquitlam Centre.

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.

Dunkin’ Donuts Plans 7 New Restaurants in Montgomery, Alabama

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisees Lagunita Franchise Operations, LLC (LFO). Over the next several years, the franchisee group is planning to open seven new restaurants throughout Montgomery, Ala. The first two locations are scheduled to open in 2019.

Quaker Steak & Lube Plans Non-Traditional Expansion

Westlake, Ohio — Casual dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube® plans to expand its non-traditional development of the brand. Quaker Steak & Lube currently operates two airport locations — Pittsburgh International Airport and Cleveland International Airport — and franchisees at both locations have reported significant growth and return on investment.

Ross Stores to Open 100 New Locations in 2018

Dublin, Calif. — Ross Stores recently opened 23 Ross Dress for Less® and six dd's DISCOUNTS® stores across 14 different states in February and March. These new locations are part of the company's plans to add approximately 100 new stores — 75 Ross and 25 dd's DISCOUNTS locations — during fiscal 2018.

Fashion Retailer Dry Goods to Open 12 New Locations in 2018

Davenport, Iowa — Fashion destination Dry Goods plans to open 12 additional national locations in 2018. The openings are part of the boutique retailer's nationwide growth plans to showcase the latest fashion trends to young shoppers across the country. Dry Goods USA is a subsidiary of Von Maur Department Store. The new stores will open at the following locations:

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.

At Home Opens 150th Store

Plano, Texas — At Home Group Inc., the home décor superstore, opened its 150th store located in Beavercreek, Ohio, on January 31, 2018. The event marks a major milestone in the company's growth plans.

CoreLife Eatery Plans 40 New Locations by the End of 2018

Syracuse, N.Y. — CoreLife Eatery, an active lifestyle restaurant with a healthy concept that has crazed the nation, is continuing its aggressive expansion with the addition of 40 new stores by the end of 2018, including 20 units in the brand’s home state of New York.

110 Grill To Open More Than 10 New Restaurants

Boston — With eight existing locations, including six in Massachusetts and two in New Hampshire, 110 Grill looks to bring at least four additional locations by the end of 2017 and six in 2018. This accelerated growth is a testament to its “scratch kitchen” approach, upscale-casual concept and integration within communities.

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