Buff City Soap Expands in Atlanta with First Buckhead Store

Atlanta — Buff City Soap, a Southern-based lifestyle brand changing the way people buy their everyday soap by providing plant-based alternatives, has opened its third soap ‘makery’ in Atlanta. Located on Roswell Road in the prominent Buckhead shopping district, Buff

The Vitamin Shoppe to Begin Franchising for First Time in its History

Secaucus, N.J. — The Vitamin Shoppe, an omni-channel specialty retailer of nutritional products, has launched an innovative franchising model for independent operators to open The Vitamin Shoppe stores in their own communities around the United States. This is the first

QDOBA Hires Vice President of Franchise Development

San Diego — QDOBA Mexican Eats, the largest franchise opportunity in the fast-casual Mexican segment, has hired franchising veteran Shawn Caric as vice president of franchise development. In his new role, Caric will be directing the 740-unit brand’s strategic franchise

Pet Wants Added 22 Franchise Locations in 2020, Plans 47 More in 2021

Cincinnati — Pet Wants, the Cincinnati-based high-quality pet food and supplies franchise, has enjoyed record-setting sales for the 10th consecutive month. January and February sales increased year-over-year by 35% and 26%, respectively. March is now the second highest sales month

Supplies & Demand

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I Heart Mac & Cheese Continues to Expand Coast to Coast

Boca Raton, Fla. — I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches, has signed 12 franchise agreements with seven new franchisees throughout the first quarter of 2021. In

Aloha Poke Plans to Enter Texas with 11 Locations in Houston

Houston — Aloha Poke Co., a premier fast-casual poke restaurant concept, plans 11 new locations in the Houston metro market by 2025. The Houston expansion nearly doubles Aloha Poke’s total franchise location holdings and is the first move into the

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Opens 60 New Locations in Q1

Dallas — Throughout the first quarter, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit signed 67 franchise agreements to its pipeline throughout Colorado, Florida, Texas, Washington, California, Tennessee, Arizona, Michigan, Montana and Oklahoma. Among the deals, existing franchisees in Cincinnati and Southern California signed on

Noodles & Company Ramps Up Franchise Expansion

Broomfield, Colo. — Noodles & Company has targeted at least 7% systemwide unit growth beginning in 2022 and is leveraging franchise development to help meet that goal. Despite the many challenges the pandemic posed on the restaurant industry, Noodles was

Cinnaholic Plans to Open 100 New Franchised Locations by 2025

Atlanta — Cinnaholic, the brand that sparked a nationwide love affair with gourmet cinnamon rolls on ABC’s hit show, “Shark Tank,” is accelerating its expansion plans and is set to open 20 new locations across the country this year and

Shake Shack President and CFO to Step Down in May

New York City — Shake Shack Inc. has announced that Tara Comonte, president and chief financial officer for the last 4 years, will depart the company in May to become CEO of a private company outside of the restaurant industry.

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.,