Juice It Up! to Open Flagship Location with New Prototype Design

Irvine, Calif. — Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, açaí bowl and raw juice chains, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020, is opening the brand’s flagship “new store prototype” location this summer in Costa

Shake Shack Expanding in New South China Markets

New York City — Shake Shack Inc. and licensee Maxim’s Caterers Limited have expanded their partnership, with plans to open a minimum of 15 Shacks in South China by 2030, including locations in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Fuzhou and Xiamen. The Shenzhen

A&W Signs Development Agreements with 10 New Franchisees

Lexington, Ky. — A&W Restaurants is expanding from California to New York and from Louisiana to Minnesota, the result of agreements signed with 10 new franchisees. The latest multi-unit deal, signed this month, will bring three locations to Lafayette, La.

Wing It On! Launches Strategic Franchise Expansion Plan

Waterbury, Conn. – Wing It On!, a New England-based wing joint, has formed a strategic franchising initiative that will accelerate its U.S. expansion. With 12 locations open and in development, Wing It On! has now set its sights on targeted

A&W Sees Double-Digit Sales Growth in May, Despite COVID-19

Lexington, Ky. — A&W Restaurants posted double-digit, year-over-year sales in May, with some franchise locations doubling their sales. Other burger chains, on average, managed only a 2% increase, according to Black Box Intelligence. The iconic brand’s performance comes as it

Pet Wants Reaches 100 Franchise Retail Locations

Cincinnati — Pet Wants®, the Cincinnati-based high-quality pet food and supplies franchise, has hit a major milestone: reaching 100 franchise locations. The 100 franchise units — 25 retail stores and 75 mobile operations — all offer free delivery, making the

Rise Signs 25-Unit Development Deal in Virginia

Durham, N.C. — Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken, the nation’s fastest growing biscuits and fried chicken chain with over 100 units in development across the country, has signed an area development agreement for the state of Virginia. BDVA Holdings,

Slim Chickens Inks Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement in Cleveland

Cleveland — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-through in the “better chicken” segment, will open its first location in Cleveland in the first quarter of 2021. The forthcoming restaurant comes out of the brand’s recent

Slim Chickens to Enter Alabama Market in 2020

Birmingham, Ala. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-thru in the “better chicken” segment, will open its first location in Alabama in fourth quarter 2020. The forthcoming restaurant comes out of the brand’s recent multi-unit

Healthy Track Record

— By Katie Lee —   Tropical Smoothie Cafe has opened more than 100 restaurants each year for the past 3 years — and continues to grow on pace to reach 1,000 locations by 2021.   When Retail & Restaurant

Yum! Brands Completes Acquisition of The Habit Restaurants, Inc.

Louisville, Ky. — Yum! Brands, Inc. has acquired The Habit Restaurants, Inc., following the approval by The Habit Burger Grill stockholders. The transaction marks the addition of the first fast-casual concept to Yum! Brands’ portfolio of iconic global restaurant brands.

Jersey Mike’s Plans 17 New Restaurants in the DMV

Washington, D.C. — Jersey Mike’s Subs has been rapidly expanding throughout the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia (“DMV”) region with the help of real estate partner KLNB. In total, KLNB has closed 17 deals for Jersey Mike’s across the DMV

GFG Bakery-Café is Opening its First Franchise Location

Philadelphia — Greek from Greece (GFG) Bakery-Café, the authentic Greek fast-casual phenomenon, has finalized a deal to open its first franchise location. Franchisee Dimitri Gouliaberis plans to open the new location this summer at a site near Drexel University in

Slim Chickens to Open More Than 30 Restaurants in 2020

Fayetteville, Ark. — Slim Chickens, which features dine-in and drive-thru in the “better chicken” segment, plans to open more than 30 restaurants in 2020 alone. Franchise locations are slated to open in new domestic markets including Maryland, New Jersey, Florida

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Expands in Orange County with New Prototype

Newport Beach, Calif. — Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a leading Southern California-based family-style pizza chain, will open two new restaurants featuring the brand’s updated prototype and refreshed guest experience this spring in Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley, Calif. The decision to

Second Century Growth

— Interview by Katie Lee —   As A&W approaches the second year of its second century of operation, it looks to a promising future while also honoring its iconic past.   With almost 1,000 locations open in the U.S.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Plans 14 New Locations in 2020

Dallas — MOOYAH Burgers Fries & Shakes, a “better burger” fast-casual franchise, plans continued expansion into new markets and a revamped restaurant model. In 2020, MOOYAH will be opening 14 new locations, all of which will feature the new prototype

Slim Chickens to Open First Florida Locations in the Spring

Panama City, Fla. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-through in the “better chicken” segment, plans to open its first location in Florida in the spring. The forthcoming restaurant, which will be in Panama City,

Jersey Mike’s Opens on University Campus in New Jersey

Montclair, N.J. — Jersey Mike’s Subs recently opened on the campus of Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. The sub shop is run by the school’s foodservice partner, Montclair State Dining through Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services. This is Jersey

Sylvan Learning Plans to Open 40 New Locations in 2020

Baltimore — Sylvan Learning, a supplemental and enrichment education brand, is gearing up for explosive growth. With its proven model and 40-year rich brand awareness, Sylvan today has more than 750 points of presence. This year, it plans to open

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Opens New Restaurant Prototype

Hoover, Ala. — MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast-casual, “better burger” franchise brand, has opened the brand’s first restaurant with its new remodel design. The restaurant, which opened on Feb. 10, 2020 in Hoover, Ala., marks the third MOOYAH

Noodles & Company Plans 10-15 New Units in 2020

Broomfield, Colo. — Noodles & Company, known for serving classic noodle, Zoodle and Caulifloodle dishes from around the world, has refranchised nine Noodles & Company restaurants in Charlotte, N.C., and Orlando, Fla., to existing franchisee River City Restaurant Group (RCRG).