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,

New 7-Eleven “Evolution Store” Opens in Prosper, Texas

Irving, Texas — 7-Eleven, Inc. has opened its newest Evolution Store — which features tacos on handmade tortillas, frozen margaritas on tap, a stocked wine cellar and beer cooler, fresh-baked croissants and cookies, customized espresso drinks, artisan craft sodas, premium

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

J.Crew Group Bolsters Senior Management Team

New York City — J.Crew Group has taken important steps to build out its leadership team in order to advance its long term strategic growth plan. The company has appointed four highly experienced retail industry leaders — Jose Davila, chief

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

New Air Purification Company, Boston Air Solutions, is Formed

Boston — The founder of EarthSafe Chemical Alternatives® and its EvaClean® system, RJ Valentine, is now launching a new company: Boston Air Solutions (BAS). Valentine recognized the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) improvement, particularly as a strategic weapon against

Biscuitville Names New Director of IT, Enterprise Applications

Greensboro, N.C. — Rusty Everhart has been hired as the director of IT, enterprise applications, at Biscuitville Fresh Southern. His primary responsibility will be to oversee all technology systems that support Biscuitville’s operations. From point-of-sale to back-end digital platforms such

Dunkin’ Celebrates 1,000th Next Generation Restaurant Opening

Canton, Mass. — In 2018, Dunkin’s first Next Generation restaurant opened in Quincy, Mass., featuring a new design with a modern atmosphere and innovative features. Now, just 3 years later, Dunkin’ is opening its 1,000th Next Gen restaurant in Woodstock,

Gap Inc. Plans to Sell Janie and Jack

San Francisco — Gap Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell Janie and Jack, a leader in premium children’s fashion with about 115 stores, to Go Global Retail, an investment platform in the fashion and consumer brand sector. Go

Silver Diner to Open 19th Restaurant, First in Washington, D.C.

Rockville, Md. — Silver Diner plans to open its first Silver Diner restaurant in Washington, D.C., in 2022. The 8,000-square-foot, two-story space is located next to Nationals Park. This new two-story concept will feature an updated Silver Diner restaurant on

Tommy Hilfiger Appoints Global Chief Marketing Officer

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp., has appointed Alegra O’Hare as chief marketing officer, Tommy Hilfiger Global, effective April 12, 2021. She joins the company from Gap Inc. “Alegra’s appointment is a crucial next

Olga’s Kitchen/TEAM Schostak Names New Marketing Director

Livonia, Mich. — Olga’s Kitchen, owned and operated by Livonia, Mich.-based TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants (TSFR), has promoted Loredana Gianino from senior marketing manager to director of marketing. Gianino joined Olga’s Kitchen in 2011 as a marketing intern and soon

MARQUE Luxury Selects Dallas for Latest Showroom Location

Dallas — MARQUE Luxury, the wholesale industry’s leading provider and authority of certified pre-owned goods, has opened its Dallas area showroom “Re-Commerce Hub,” previously labeled as showrooms, at the Dallas Market Center. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring MARQUE