Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream Plans First Store in Texas

Fort Worth, Texas — Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream (Chill-N), the made-to-order nitrogen ice cream pioneer, is planning the construction and buildout of its first-ever store in Texas. The new Fort Worth Chill-N is set to open in the next several…

Slim Chickens Ends 2021 with 350 New Signed Agreements

Fayetteville, Ark. — Slim Chickens made brand history in 2021 by closing out the year with more signed development deals and openings than ever before. The past year, the brand celebrated a number of milestones including its 150th store opening,…

Batteries Plus Opens 22 Stores in 2021; Plans to Open 55 this Year

Hartland, Wis. — The nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and phone repair franchise, Batteries Plus, has solidified a record-breaking year in 2021. Significant fourth quarter growth caps off 12 months of success for the retail brand…

Redberry Restaurants Names Chief Operating Officer

Toronto — Redberry Restaurants has promoted Christian Racine to the position of chief operation officer (COO), effective immediately. He will provide companywide leadership to the Operations, Marketing and Development teams, as well as provide his vision and guidance on Redberry’s…

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Opens First Arizona Location

Newport Beach, Calif. — Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading California-based family-style pizza chain for more than 40 years, has opened its first Arizona location in Mesa. The new restaurant is owned and operated by Pelican Food Concepts and is located…

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Names New Chief Operating Officer

Irving, Texas — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has named franchise veteran Scott Shotter as its new chief operating officer. The Texas-based restaurant group is recognized for its Baja-style fare with nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 17 states. Most recently,…

Clean Juice Enters 5 New States with New Franchise Partners

Charlotte, N.C. — Clean Juice, a USDA-certified organic juice bar franchise and quick-service restaurant, has added five new franchise partners in five new states: Connecticut, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana and Washington. Clean Juice expects fourth quarter 2021 to be the…

Ziggi’s Coffee Inks Milestone 150th Franchise Agreement

Mead, Colo. — Ziggi’s Coffee, the rapidly-growing Colorado-based franchise known for its fast and friendly drive-thru coffee service, has just signed its 150th franchise deal. New franchise owners Ron and Denise Cazares have joined the Ziggi’s Coffee franchise family with…

Ziggi’s Coffee Opens New Headquarters

Mead, Colo. — Colorado-based Ziggi’s Coffee® has opened its new headquarters in Mead, Colo. In addition to housing the corporate team and an on-site training facility, this location features a café and a drive-thru. Situated on the corner of Third…

A&W Restaurants Marks 10 Years Under Franchisee Ownership

Lexington, Ky. — Ten years ago, the future of America’s oldest chain restaurant franchise was in question. A&W, owned by YUM! Brands, was struggling. But then a group of franchise owners formed a partnership and bought the company, which was…

Shipley Do-Nuts Names New Chief Financial Officer

Houston — Shipley Do-Nuts, a leading do-nut restaurant franchisor and manufacturer of specialty food products, has hired Bob McGahan as its new chief financial officer. McGahan adds over 30 years of experience to Shipley’s already strong leadership team as the…

Slim Chickens Inks Largest Franchise Deal in Brand History

Miami — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise in the better-chicken segment, has inked a deal for the entire state of Indiana and the Southeast region of Florida for a total of 60 locations. “Slim Chickens’ leadership team is top-notch,”…

Blaze Pizza to Develop 9 New Restaurants Across South Florida

Los Angeles — Blaze Pizza, a leading fast-casual franchise pizza concept, has signed a new franchise development agreement that will significantly expand the brand’s South Florida footprint, bringing nine new units to the greater Miami market. Spearheading this development are…

Ace Hardware Opens First Store Under New Franchise Model in Mexico

Monterrey, Mexico — As Ace Hardware continues to grow globally, Ace Hardware International Holdings, Ltd., a subsidiary of Ace Hardware Corporation, opened its first store in Monterrey, Mexico, on October 28, 2021, with plans to open 13 additional stores by…

L.A.-based The Dolly Llama to Open First Locations in Nevada

Los Angeles — The Dolly Llama, the waffle and artisanal ice cream destination with three locations currently open in L.A. and three more in development, has signed a 4-unit franchise deal that includes the brand’s entry into Nevada. One Nevada…

Slim Chickens Expanding in Dallas with 10 New Restaurants

Dallas — Slim Chickens has inked a deal to bring 10 locations to cities throughout greater Dallas. Farouk Jamal and Ali Poonja of Slim Brothers will be bringing the restaurants to Collin and Denton counties in fourth quarter 2022. “After…

Savory Fund Invests in Hash Kitchen for National Expansion

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Savory Fund has invested in the popular brunch concept, Hash Kitchen. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based chain creatively designed around a social dining experience is the latest brand to attract growth capital from Mercato Partners’ $200 million Savory Restaurant…

Pet Supplies Plus Projects to Sign 100 Franchise Agreements by Year-End

Livonia, Mich. — Pet Supplies Plus, the largest independent pet retailer in North America, has enjoyed consistent year-over-year growth with 97 new store commitments signed year-to-date for 2021. “Entrepreneurs are going all-in to join the pet retail category,” says Chris…

Clean Juice Rides Tidal Wave of Growth Toward 2022

Charlotte, N.C. — Clean Juice, the first and only national USDA-certified organic juice bar franchise and quick-service restaurant, has demonstrated another quarter of impressive guest count and sales growth. “Despite these record-breaking successes and forward-moving gains, we still feel as…

Batteries Plus Expands Store Development Team

Hartland, Wis. — In response to the strong third quarter which saw the signing of 20 new store agreements, bringing the brand’s total signings for the year to 66, Batteries Plus has made substantial additions and promotions to its store development team.…