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Katie Lee

Dallas — Freshslice Pizza, an innovative Canadian pizza franchise, will debut in the U.S. with its first two locations slated for the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Marking a significant milestone in the company’s growth, with over 100 stores in Canada, Freshslice entered the U.S market in January. Local DFW resident and entrepreneur Trenton Parks is the first franchise partner in the U.S. to invest in Freshslice. “We are thrilled to welcome Trenton into the Freshslice family, bringing our style of fresh pizza to the great state of Texas,” says Ray Russell, …

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Jacksonville, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has released its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. The grocer is also donating thousands of reusable bags and supporting local conservation efforts through volunteerism and monetary donations in honor of Earth Month. The annual report details forward-thinking sustainability strategies, including eco-responsible operations, associate and supplier diversity, and continued support of local communities in need. SEG further commits to reducing the environmental impact of plastic waste with donation of 33,500 reusable …

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Bentonville, Ark. — The Melting Pot, the 92-unit fondue franchise that has built a brand around providing a one-of-a-kind experiential dining atmosphere, has signed a franchise agreement in Bentonville, Ark., to bring the first Melting Pot location to the state of Arkansas. The new Bentonville restaurant is one part of a larger-scale effort to drive franchise expansion nationwide and for the brand to reach 125 locations by 2026. “After years of strong unit-level growth, we are focused on revitalizing the brand nationwide, bringing Melting Pot restaurants to new communities and …

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2024 tax outlook for franchisees: Consider these changes ahead. The tax outlook for 2024 and beyond is about as clear as, well, mud. With the sunsetting of benefits from the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and the uncertainties about what the 2024 elections will bring, planning a tax strategy is a daunting task for franchise operators. As a former CPA, I say there’s probably never been a better time to work with a tax advisor, especially one who is knowledgeable about franchises, to help you be prepared for …

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— By Amanda Anderson — Turn your landscaping into a reason customers keep coming back via seasonal preventative maintenance. The goal for preventative and routine landscaping is about more than the initial visual impact. At first glance, services are tailored to provide a clean and welcoming environment. Lush green grass edged neatly along sidewalks and curbs, healthy mulch beds free of weeds and filled with blooming flowers, full and neatly trimmed bushes and shrubs. A truly impactful landscaping service is going to provide down-the-road savings, with a focus on maintaining …

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Berkeley, Calif. — In partnership with ALDI, Grabango has launched ALDIgo checkout-free shopping at a Chicago-area grocery store. ALDI is the first major U.S. grocery retailer to deploy checkout-free technology in an existing, full-size store. The technology, which ALDI deployed at one suburban location, allows shoppers to skip the line and save time. “The launch of ALDIgo is a pivotal moment for the grocery industry,” says Will Glaser, CEO of Grabango. “Although more challenging, it was important to us to launch this technology in a typical store and not one …

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Irving, Texas — 7-Eleven, Inc., a premier chain in the convenience-store industry, has completed its acquisition of 204 stores from Sunoco LP, which includes Stripes® convenience stores and Laredo Taco Company® restaurants. Located across West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, these stores join the more than 13,000 7-Eleven®, Speedway® and Stripes® locations that 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses across the U.S. and Canada. With the closing, 7-Eleven now owns and operates all Stripes and Laredo Taco Company locations across the U.S. “Stripes and Laredo Taco Company have been a great …

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Los Angeles — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Fatburger, Round Table Pizza and 16 other restaurant concepts, has signed a new development deal to open 40 new franchised Fatburger locations across Northern California. In partnership with franchisee California Burger, Inc., Fatburger will be added to 40 existing Round Table Pizza locations over the next 10 years with the first location set to open in 2024. “Since opening our first co-branded Fatburger and Round Table Pizza in the Dallas area last year, we have seen significant interest …

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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — IT’SUGAR, one of the largest specialty candy retailers in the U.S., is opening its newly expanded flagship department store in Miami at Bayside Marketplace. The new store, which spans over 16,000 square feet across two floors, epitomizes what the brand is known for: thousands of varieties of over-the-top sweets and humorous products, extravagant in-store displays and immersive candy experiences. “We are thrilled to expand our footprint at Bayside Marketplace and open our newest flagship store in Miami,” says Jarett Levan, president and CEO of BBX Capital …

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Charlotte, N.C. — Brixx Wood Fired Pizza + Craft Bar has appointed a new senior leadership team as it positions itself for sustained growth and profitability under the leadership of its newly appointed president, Scott Isaacs. Isaacs steps into the role as president after serving as the company’s senior vice president of operations. Having spent 25 years at Darden Restaurants and 5 years in an executive leadership role at Romacorp, Isaacs brings a wealth of knowledge about the restaurant industry to the Brixx organization. Rocky Tradd joins the Brixx senior …

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