Juicy Couture to Launch in South Korea

New York City — Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of a global portfolio of lifestyle and entertainment brands, will expand Juicy Couture in partnership with Shinsegae International, the leading Korean based lifestyle company specializing in retail development and brand building. Shinsegae International will expand Juicy Couture’s footprint throughout South Korea with the launch of 10 shop-in-shop locations in major department stores throughout the region by 2020. It is expected that there will be 50 additional shop-in-shops by the end of 2024. The first location will debut in August 2019.

Pie Five Signs First International Development Agreement

Dallas — Pie Five Pizza Co. will soon be expanding beyond the U.S. In a new master development partnership with Ali Shahid Butt and his partners at AR Pizza, LLC, Pie Five will open its first international location in Pakistan in 2018, with up to 40 more locations over the next 7 years.

DSW Opens First Store Outside North America

Columbus, Ohio — DSW Inc., a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, is opening its first warehouse in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Located at the Muscat Grand Mall, the new store marks the first expansion of DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse outside North America.

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.

DineEquity To Double International Locations Over Next 5 Years

Glendale, Calif. — DineEquity, Inc., one of the world's largest full-service restaurant companies, has signed four new multi-unit development agreements in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America. These agreements will play an important role in the company's plan to double international locations over the next 5 years.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. Opens 5 International Stores

Secaucus, N.J. — The Vitamin Shoppe®, a multi-channel specialty retailer and manufacturer of nutritional products, opened its first three franchise stores in Costa Rica on August 31, 2016, and two additional franchise stores recently opened in Panama.

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.

Petland Continues International Expansion

Chillicothe, Ohio — Chillicothe, Ohio-based Petland Inc. is expanding its international reach into the Middle East North Africa region. In the last 2 years, Petland has opened more than 20 new locations in international markets. Within the next year, the pet store chain plans to open stores in Saudi Arabia and has signed a master franchise agreement to develop stores in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Kate Spade To Open on London's Regent Street

New York City — Kate Spade & Company plans to open a new kate spade new york store on London's Regent Street. As the brand continues to expand internationally, this store marks kate spade new york's fourth specialty store in the United Kingdom.

First 7-Eleven Store Opens In Middle East

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Seven Emirates Investment LLC, a master franchisee of 7-Eleven, Inc., opened its first 7-Eleven store in the Middle East on October 6, 2015. The 2,000-square-foot store is in Bay Square, near downtown Dubai and the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa Tower.

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