Forever 21 Plans to Add 26 New Stores in Latin America

New York City — Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a global brand development, marketing and entertainment company, and AR Holdings, a leading Latin American-based brand and retail operator, have partnered to grow Forever 21 across the territory. AR Holdings will drive

Curry Up Now Breaks Ground on First Indiana Location

Bloomington, Ind. — Curry Up Now, an award-winning Indian fast-casual concept, has broken ground on its first Indiana location, which is slated to open in early spring 2021 in Bloomington near Indiana University. This expansion is part of a multi-unit

Bed Bath & Beyond Appoints New Regional Vice Presidents

Union, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has appointed Mary-Farrell Tarbox and Ann-Marie Clendenin as regional vice presidents (RVP) for the Central and East regions, respectively, effective October 26, 2020. Both will report directly to Gregg Melnick, executive vice

J.C. Penney Expects to End Bankruptcy by December

Plano, Texas — J.C. Penney has drafted and filed an asset purchase agreement (APA), effectively moving the Plano, Texas-based retailer one step closer to concluding negotiations for its acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management and Simon Property Group, a $1.75 billion

Back Yard Burgers Debuts New Prototype with Plans to Expand

Nashville, Tenn. — Nashville, Tenn.-based Back Yard Burgers opened its new prototype in the greater Charlotte, N.C., area in September and plans to expand with the updated building design. The new interior design brings the outdoor backyard feel indoors with

P.F. Chang’s Launches To Go Concept in New York Market

Scottsdale, Ariz. — As consumers across the country seek dining options to fit their changing habits, P.F. Chang’s is expanding its P.F. Chang’s To Go concept, which is now launching in New York. Now open as of October 19 at

Konover South LLC Begins Vertical Construction on Miramar Park Place

Deerfield Beach, Fla. – Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Konover South LLC is set to begin the vertical construction of Miramar Park Place, a 56,600-square-foot upscale retail center in Miramar, Fla., on October 19, 2020. Tenants, which include Flannigan’s, World of Beer,

IHOP® Expands Franchisee Portfolio with Addition of Sun Holdings, Inc.

Glendale, Calif. — IHOP® has expanded its franchisee portfolio with the addition of Suncakes, LLC, led by Guillermo Perales, through the acquisition of 41 IHOP restaurants. The restaurants, located in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina, were previously owned

Imperial Dade Expands West Coast Presence with New Acquisition

Jersey City, N.J. and Redlands, Calif. — Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of foodservice packaging and janitorial supplies, has acquired P&R Paper Supply (P&R). The acquisition strengthens Imperial Dade’s West Coast presence while enhancing the company’s differentiated value proposition to

Painted Tree Marketplace Ramps Up Expansion Plans

Atlanta — With its retail concept a proven success in several major U.S. markets, Painted Tree Marketplace plans to accelerate expansion plans on a national basis in major suburban markets, with a focus on the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest. Painted

Dollar General Unveils New Retail Store Concept: popshelf

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General has unveiled its newest retail store concept: popshelf. This new store aims to engage customers with a fun, affordable and stress-free shopping experience where they can find on-trend seasonal and home décor, health and beauty

True Food Kitchen Opens First Location in Ohio

Columbus, Ohio — True Food Kitchen has opened its first Ohio restaurant at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. The restaurant brand was founded in 2008 by Sam Fox and Dr. Andrew Weil, creator of the anti-inflammatory diet, which involves

Gap Inc. Confirms New President and CEO of Old Navy

San Francisco — Gap Inc. has appointed Nancy Green as the president and CEO of Old Navy, the company’s largest brand. Green will report to Sonia Syngal, CEO of Gap Inc., and will serve on the company’s senior leadership team.

Batteries Plus on Track to Sign 40 New Franchise Agreements in 2020

Hartland, Wis. — Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb, key fob and repair franchise, has been ranked No. 131 on Franchise Times’ Top 200+ List, the most comprehensive ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in

Biscuitville Names New Vice President of Operations

Greensboro, N.C. — Jeff Linville has been named vice president of operations at Biscuitville Fresh Southern®. For more than 20 years, Linville has served in various C-suite and senior management roles within franchised, private equity firms as well as other

Refrigerated Solutions Group Names Commercial Team Additions

Hudson, Wis. — Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG), an industry leader in refrigerated equipment and service, has added to its commercial sales team. Chris Carney and Howard McCann were recently named regional sales managers for the portfolio of brands. Both Carney

Farmer Boys to Open 100th Restaurant this Month

Perris, Calif. — Farmer Boys, a Southern California-based fast-casual concept, will celebrate its 100th restaurant opening the weekend of October 23-24 in Perris, Calif. — the same city where it all began nearly 40 years ago. “We are thrilled to

Regal Cinemas Temporarily Suspending All U.S. Theater Operations

Knoxville, Tenn. — Regal Cinemas will temporarily suspend operations at all of its 536 U.S. theaters beginning Thursday, Oct. 8. British owner-operator Cineworld owns Knoxville, Tenn.-based Regal Cinemas, which has about 7,000 screens across its U.S. portfolio of theaters. Cineworld

CAO Bakery & Café Plans to Open 35 New Locations By 2024

Miami — CAO Bakery & Café, a South Florida staple known for blending traditional Cuban baking with the inviting atmosphere of American-mainstay cafés, plans to expand its pastelito portfolio through franchise opportunities. This will allow Cuban American Original (CAO) to