Salad Collective Acquires Tokyo Joe’s

Golden, Colo. — Salad Collective, a Golden, Colo.-based operating company of better-for-you brands MAD Greens and Snappy Salads, has acquired Tokyo Joe’s, adding to its portfolio another Colorado-grown fast casual concept with strong regional consumer appeal. The acquisition of the

Starbucks Enters New Era of Growth Driven by 3-Year Reinvention Plan

Seattle — At Starbucks’ recent biennial Investor Day in Seattle, interim CEO Howard Schultz, CFO Rachel Ruggeri and other Starbucks leaders showcased the company’s Reinvention plan, which aims to invest in partners, customers and stores. The plan is expected to

WaBa Grill Inks 20-Store Development Deal for Northern California

Anaheim Hills, Calif. — WaBa Grill is growing its footprint throughout Northern California with a new development deal that will bring 20 more restaurants from Fresno to Sacramento. The 20-store development deal was signed by longtime WaBa Grill franchisees Gurpreet

Slim Chickens Adds Several Locations to South Dakota and Iowa

Sioux Falls, S.D. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise in the better-chicken segment, is expanding its presence throughout eastern South Dakota and northwest Iowa. Existing franchisee Todd Porter of TNT Chicken is spearheading this expansion. Porter is well-versed in

Au Bon Pain Reveals New Bakery-Cafe Design

Dallas — Au Bon Pain, the bakery-cafe brand known for its gourmet convenience, has revealed a bold new store design. Planned to roll out companywide in 2023, the new design continues Au Bon Pain’s forward momentum started in July 2021,

REGO Restaurant Group Partners with BCubed Manufacturing

Denver — As part of its brands’ continued transformations, REGO Restaurant Group — parent company of fast-casual sandwich chain Quiznos and regional Mexican chain Taco Del Mar, among other brands — has inked a strategic partnership and development deal with

Pokemoto Opens First Mississippi Location

Burleson, Texas — Pokemoto, Muscle Maker, Inc.’s expanding Hawaiian poke bowl restaurant concept, has opende its first Mississippi franchise location in Oxford, Miss. The opening marks the first of three previously inked franchise deals in the Mississippi market. Being near

WaBa Grill Signs 20-Unit Development Deal for Northern California

Anaheim Hills, Calif. — WaBa Grill, one of the nation’s leading healthy rice bowl chains, has signed a 20-unit Northern California development deal during its second quarter. Following an impressive first quarter, second quarter same store sales (SSS) rose to

Juice It Up! Reinvigorates Franchise Growth

Newport Beach, Calif. — Juice It Up! has reinvigorated franchise growth in 2022, ending the first half of the year with 84 locations in various markets, having opened five new locations since the beginning of 2022. The brand remains committed

Jack in the Box Offers Multi-Unit Incentive Program for Franchisees

San Diego — As part of its aggressive franchise growth strategy, Jack in the Box Inc. is sharing an incentive program with multi-unit franchisees that offers significant financial benefits to those who enter into a minimum 3-unit development agreement. “We

The Dolly Llama to Open First Florida Location

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. — The Dolly Llama, the L.A.-based waffle and artisanal ice cream sensation, plans to open in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., as part of the concept’s current 40-store national expansion plan. Projected to open within the next

Take 5 Car Wash Opens 100th Store

Woodstock, Ga. — Take 5 Car Wash® held the grand opening of its 100th store on Aug. 5, 2022, in Woodstock, Ga. The new site joins 10 other Take 5 Car Wash locations in Georgia and 29 additional express car washes

Paris Baguette Inks 72 Deals Since the Start of 2022

Moonachie, N.J. — Paris Baguette, the bakery café concept with 4,000 units across the globe, has signed 72 franchise deals since the start of 2022 and is marking more than 40% year-over-year growth. In fact, Paris Baguette is poised to

It’s Grow Time

— Interview with Eric Shomof —   After a slowdown in franchising due to the pandemic, Los Angeles-based The Dolly Llama views 2022 as the “year of growth.”     The Dolly Llama is synonymous with L.A. It’s funky and

Golden Corral Offers New Store Growth Incentives

Raleigh, N.C. — Golden Corral, the nation’s largest all-you-can-eat buffet chain, has introduced a new franchise incentive program for candidates and existing franchisees who open a Golden Corral restaurant within 24 months of signing a franchise area development agreement. The

Ohm Fitness Plans for 35 Locations in Arizona Over 3 Years

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Ohm Fitness, the nation’s first fitness franchise to use EMS (electro muscle stimulation) technology wirelessly and in a small group setting, plans to open up to 35 locations in Arizona over the next 3 years. Two seasoned

Smoothie King Appoints New Chief Development Officer

Dallas — Smoothie King has appointed Chris Bremer as its new chief development officer. He will be responsible for implementing strategies to meet Smoothie King’s ongoing expansion plans and overseeing the franchise development, real estate, design and construction departments. He