La Madeleine Unveils New Prototype with First Drive-Thru

Dallas — La Madeleine French Bakery & Café will make its highly anticipated return to Addison, Texas, on Feb. 8 with a new look. The remodeled restaurant features the brand’s all-new prototype, including la Madeleine’s first-ever drive-thru and a featured

FoodMaxx Reopens Newly Renovated Store in Oakland, Calif.

Modesto, Calif. — FoodMaxx officially welcomed shoppers to its newly renovated Oakland, Calif., store on Feb. 3. “With shoppers facing ever-tighter budgets during the pandemic, our Number 1 goal at FoodMaxx is to provide this community with the very best

Casper Expands Executive Leadership Team

New York City — Casper Sleep Inc., the award-winning sleep company, has made several leadership appointments, including Charles Liu as chief operating officer, Dara Williams as chief people and diversity officer, and George Poulios, vice president of retail, real estate

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opened 99 New Locations in 2020

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a leading national fast-casual cafe franchise, experienced another record-breaking year in 2020. Tropical Smoothie Cafe delivered its ninth consecutive year of positive same-store sales, with 2020 same-store sales coming in at +7.5%. The brand opened

Slim Chickens to Open More Than 50 Locations in 2021

Fayetteville, Ark. — Slim Chickens plans to open more than 50 restaurants this year in various states including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As the fast-casual brand expands around the globe, Slim Chickens, which features

QDOBA Mexican Eats Opens 400th Franchise Location

San Diego — QDOBA Mexican Eats® (QDOBA), the largest franchise opportunity in the fast-casual Mexican segment, has opened its 400th franchise location (pictured). The landmark opening underscores the brand’s dynamic development strategy to expand to 2,000 units. QDOBA’s growth will

Zippin Hires Former VP of SSP and Aramark to Lead Business Development

San Francisco — Zippin, an industry leader in checkout-free technologies for brick-and-mortar retail, has hired veteran business development executive, Gary Jacobus, as senior vice president, business development. Most recently, Jacobus was with SSP America, the leading operator of food &

Muscle Maker Grill Expands Its Brand Offerings

League City, Texas — Muscle Maker, Inc., the parent company of Muscle Maker Grill, Healthy Joe’s and MMG Burger Bar, has added Burger Joe’s to its non-traditional portfolio. The company plans to launch four additional brands that showcase prominent menu

Walgreens Names Former Starbucks COO as Chief Executive Officer

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA) has appointed Rosalind (Roz) Brewer as the company’s chief executive officer, effective March 15, 2021. Brewer will also join the WBA board of directors upon assuming the role. She succeeds Stefano Pessina

Freddy’s Opened 30 Restaurants in 2020; Plans to Open More Than 50 This Year

Wichita, Kan. — Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers experienced significant development success in 2020, opening 30 new restaurants in key markets throughout the U.S., including its milestone 400th location. Despite a challenging industry landscape, Freddy’s maintained strong systemwide sales throughout

Cinnaholic Set for Rapid Growth in 2021

Atlanta — Cinnaholic, a gourmet vegan bakery, is set to open 20 new locations across the country this year. The brand also experienced a successful 2020: it signed agreements for new franchise locations across 20 new markets including Ann Arbor,

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Continues to Grow in Oregon

Newport Beach, Calif. — Mountain Mike’s Pizza has opened its second Oregon location, in Roseburg. The new Roseburg location is owned by franchisee and area developer, Jim Smith, who owns the Mountain Mike’s in Medford, Ore., and plans to open

Greek Xpress Partners with Fransmart for Nationwide Franchising

New York City — Greek Xpress, New York’s favorite Greek quick-service restaurant, is partnering with franchise development group Fransmart to bring its authentic, delicious and healthy Greek cuisine to customers nationwide through franchising. The brand has continued to build momentum despite challenges surrounding COVID-19,

Taubman Names New Chief Financial Officer

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — The Taubman Company LLC’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, Simon Leopold, will leave the company effective January 31. Taubman’s vice president, capital markets and treasurer, Benjamin Meeker, will be promoted to senior vice president,

New Restaurant Concept, Trucker Burger, Opens in Arizona

Knoxville, Tenn. — Pilot Company and its One9 Fuel Network have opened a new restaurant concept, Trucker Burger, located in the new Xpress Fuel travel center in Eloy, Ariz. Inspired by those who drive America and in collaboration with celebrity

Alto-Shaam Partners with Chrane Foodservice Solutions

Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Alto-Shaam, a global leader and innovator in the foodservice equipment solutions industry, has entered into a new partnership agreement with Chrane Foodservice Solutions as its new manufacturer representative in Texas and Oklahoma. Chrane will promote Alto-Shaam’s