Ziggi’s Coffee Opens 40th Location

Longmont, Colo. —  Ziggi’s Coffee has opened its landmark 40th location. The new coffee shop is located in Loveland, Colo. Founded on the corner of Main Street in Longmont, Colo., by Brandon and Camrin Knudsen in 2004, Ziggi’s Coffee now…

Captain D’s Continues to Grow with New and Existing Operators

Nashville, Tenn. — Captain D’s, the nation’s leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, has experienced a surge in franchise development throughout 2021, reporting 18 new agreements signed to develop 43 locations in key markets nationwide over the next several years. Half of…

Advance Auto Parts Launches Carquest by Advance Store Concept

Raleigh, N.C. — Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts retailer, has unveiled ‘Carquest by Advance’ as a new retail concept under Advance’s portfolio of brands. The store model targets the emerging automotive DIY channel and is designed specifically…

Aloha Poke Co. Enters Georgia Market

Chicago — Aloha Poke Co., the nation’s premier fast-casual poke restaurant concept, has expanded into the Atlanta market. This venture marks the first Aloha Poke fast-casual eatery in the state of Georgia, with potential to add more throughout 2022. Aloha…

Muscle Maker Signs 40-Unit International Franchise Deal

League City, Texas — Muscle Maker Inc., the parent company of Muscle Maker Grill, Pokemoto and SuperFit Foods, has inked a Master Franchise Agreement for 40 units in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, solidifying the company’s second multi-unit international deal.…

Shipley Do-Nuts Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Houston — Shipley Do-Nuts, the iconic Houston-born do-nut shop brand, celebrated its 85th anniversary with a groundbreaking on Oct. 28 for its new 60,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at Cullen and Gulf Freeway in Houston. The site is well-known to Houstonians as…

Batteries Plus Signs 8-Unit Deal in Atlanta Area

Atlanta — Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, has signed an eight-unit deal in the Atlanta area. The deal consists of four brand new and four resale locations, in and around…

25-year Franchise Veteran Joins Fransmart Leadership Team

Alexandria, Va. — Fransmart, a global franchise development company, is expanding its leadership team with the appointment of seasoned food industry executive Don Baruch as vice president of franchise support operations. Baruch brings more than 25 years of franchise development…

Caribou Coffee Launches Domestic Franchise Program

Minneapolis — Caribou Coffee®, a national premium coffeehouse and Panera Brands portfolio concept, has launched its domestic franchise program. Since its inception in 1992, Caribou Coffee has grown to more than 718 locations systemwide including 314 company-owned coffeehouses primarily across…

Batteries Plus Signs Agreements for 20 New Stores in Third Quarter

Hartland, Wis. — The nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, Batteries Plus, has seen significant third quarter growth with the signing of 20 new store agreements, bringing the brand’s total signings for the year to…

Wetzel’s Pretzels Offers Franchise Opportunities with Phillips 66®

Pasadena, Calif. — Wetzel’s Pretzels is offering a unique franchise opportunity with the Phillips 66 family of brands. Operators will now have the opportunity to open a hot, fresh Wetzel’s experience at Phillips 66®, Conoco® and 76® branded convenience stores.…

Dog Days

— Interview with Neil Gill —   As the leader in dog daycare, Dogtopia is on track to open 50 new locations this year through robust retail franchising and a business model that focuses on overall wellness — for the…

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop Signs First Franchise Deal in Florida

New York City — Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, the nation’s fastest growing dumpling automat concept, has a signed multi-unit franchise deal to make the brand’s first appearance in Florida. Florida-based franchisee Marc Silverstone closed on a deal with Brooklyn Dumpling Shop…

Papa John’s Signs its Largest Domestic Development Deal

Louisville, Ky., and Dallas — Papa John’s International, Inc. has signed its largest domestic franchisee development agreement in the company’s history with top U.S. franchisee operator Sun Holdings, Inc. Under the terms of the deal, Sun Holdings will oversee the…

Fatburger Celebrates 100th U.S. Location in Texas

Arlington, Texas — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Fatburger & Buffalo’s Express, has opened the 100th U.S. location of Fatburger, which is now open in Arlington, Texas. Co-branded with Buffalo’s Express, the restaurant will host a…

Buff City Soap Opens First Store in Houston

Pearland, Texas — Buff City Soap, a rapidly expanding handmade retail franchise known for its plant-based soap and body products made in-store daily, recently opened its first Houston-area location in Pearland, Texas. The new store opened on September 23 in…

Another Broken Egg Cafe Sales Rise 20% From Pre-Pandemic Levels

Orlando, Fla. — Another Broken Egg Cafe, a full-service breakfast, brunch and lunch franchise, has seen its focus on seasonality, service and guest experience both on- and off-premise pay off this year. Same-store sales are up nearly 20% from pre-pandemic…

Edible Expands Philadelphia Footprint with 7-Unit Deal

Philadelphia — Edible®, the world’s leader in the gifts and treats category, has signed a multi-unit agreement in Philadelphia with multi-brand operators Nilita Patel, Manisha Patel and Jimmy Shah of ANZ Hospitality LLC. With 1,000-plus locations nationwide, the Patels and…