LION Eye Group to Develop New Retail Stores

New York City — LION Eye Group intends to move forward with ‘LION Express,’ a state-of-the art, eyewear focused, retail optometry store. The group is currently scouting New York locations in Garden City, Huntington, Merrick-Bellmore, Smithtown and a few locations

Another Broken Egg Cafe Accelerates Franchise Development

Orlando, Fla. — Another Broken Egg Cafe, an innovative full-service breakfast, brunch and lunch franchise that specializes in Southern-inspired menu options and creative cocktails, has signed development agreements in the first quarter of 2021 to open 14 new locations. Additionally,

Ziggi’s Coffee Signs 100th Franchise Agreement

Longmont, Colo. — Ziggi’s Coffee has inked its 100th deal with the company’s first franchisees. Steve and Jill Anderson signed the first Ziggi’s Coffee franchise agreement just 4.5 years ago. Now, with four stores up and running, the Andersons have

Jollibee Chicken Restaurant Opens First Location in Maryland

Wheaton, MD. — Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee has opened its first location in Maryland this month at the Westfield Wheaton Mall in Wheaton. Located at 2800 University Blvd. W., Suite C., Jollibee’s store hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.,

Del Taco Posts 8th Consecutive Year of Franchise SSS Growth

Lake Forest, Calif. — Del Taco, the nation’s second largest Mexican quick-service restaurant chain, is carrying tremendous momentum into the first quarter of 2021. Despite pandemic-induced pressures, the brand was resilient during the initial COVID-19 slowdown and began to thrive

The Halal Guys Builds Midwest Momentum with Kansas City Debut

Kansas City, Mo. — The Halal Guys, the largest American Halal street food concept in the world, is expanding rapidly across the Midwest, recently announcing a multi-unit franchise deal to open locations in Missouri. The first is slated for Kansas

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Launches New Taqueria Concept

Irving, Texas — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, a Texas-based Baja-style restaurant group, has launched a new concept, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Taqueria. The Taqueria encompasses everything fans have come to love about the brand with the same recipes, but will offer a

The Halal Guys to Double its Midwest Presence

Columbus, Ohio — The Halal Guys recently signed a franchise deal to open its first locations in Ohio, more than doubling its presence in the Midwest and building on successful locations in Illinois. Franchisee group Smart Choice Food LLC will

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop Inks First Multi-Unit Franchising Deal

New York City — Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, a fast-growing dumpling automat concept, has signed its first franchising deal to bring five locations to Connecticut. The brand is poised to disrupt the quick-service restaurant industry with its innovative automat technology and

Antioch Pizza Shop Plans Strategic Franchise Expansion Plan

Antioch, Ill. — Antioch Pizza Shop has announced a strategic franchising initiative that will accelerate its expansion plans in target markets. With seven locations open and three more in development in Illinois and Wisconsin, Antioch Pizza Shop has set its

Edible Opens Its First Ghost Kitchen, Optimizing Delivery Efforts

Atlanta — Edible®, the world’s most beloved leading gifts and treats destination, opened its first ghost kitchen on February 6. Located in Tucker, Ga., the 1,700-square-foot facility serves as a delivery-only location while also providing shipping in its geographic area.

Sprouts Farmers Market Plans New Stores with New Format

Phoenix — Sprouts Farmers Market plans a series of new stores, including four with a new, smaller format in line with previously announced strategy, and one store relocation. The healthy grocer will open approximately 20 stores this year. Sprouts is

Coolgreens Partners with Interplan to Develop New Prototype Design

Oklahoma City, Okla. — Coolgreens has teamed up with Interplan, a full-service architecture and engineering firm, to design a flexible prototype that can expand or contract in size based on market conditions. Coolgreens’ new base prototype utilizes a consistent kitchen

First Farmer Boys in Arizona Now Open

Gilbert, Ariz. — Farmer Boys®, a Riverside, Calif.-based fast-casual concept, has opened its first Arizona location in the new City Gate Marketplace in Gilbert. “The fresher the food, the better it tastes,” says Omar Mawas, franchise owner of the Gilbert

Clean Juice Targets 50-State Expansion

Charlotte, N.C. — Clean Juice®, the nation’s first USDA-certified organic juice bar, continues to report rapid expansion for its franchise development model across the United States. “Clean Juice is more than just juice,” says Landon Eckles, CEO of Clean Juice.

Noodles & Company Unveils Multi-Unit Franchise Growth Initiative

Broomfield, Colo. — Noodles & Company has launched a multi-unit franchise growth initiative to increase its presence in southern and southwestern markets. With plans to expand an off-premise oriented footprint perfectly suited for today’s consumer environment, this expansion will be

Roy Rogers Names New VP of Franchise Sales

Frederick, Md. — Roy Rogers Restaurants has named Gregg Koffler vice president of franchise sales, a new position at the company. Based in Roy Rogers’ Frederick, Md., headquarters and reporting to Jeremy Biser, executive vice president, Koffler will lead the

BoConcept Opens First Digital-Experience Store in United States

Berkeley, Calif.— Danish furniture franchise BoConcept has added a new location to its roster of functional-furniture stores around the world, but this one is different from all the others in the U.S. Helmed by multi-unit franchisees Søren and Caroline Krogh-Jensen,

Scooter’s Coffee Celebrates 300-Location Milestone

Omaha, Neb. — Scooter’s Coffee, an Omaha, Neb.-based drive-thru coffee franchise, has surpassed the 300-unit milestone in 2020 and plans for more growth in 2021. Scooter’s Coffee reached this milestone after seeing increases in average unit volume across the system

UFC GYM Promotes President & Co-Founder to CEO

Newport Beach, Calif. — UFC GYM®, the first major brand extension of UFC®, the world’s premier MMA organization, has promoted Adam Sedlack to chief executive officer while the brand’s former CEO, Mark Mastrov, will move on as executive chairman. A