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

At Home Opens First New York City Store

Plano, Texas — At Home Group Inc., the home décor superstore, has opened two new home décor stores in April, bringing the retailer’s store count to 226 and opening its first New York City store, located in the borough of

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

National Vision Welcomes Chief Stores Officer

Duluth, Ga. — National Vision Holdings, Inc., one of the nation’s largest optical retailers providing quality, affordable eye care and eyewear, has selected Roger Francis as chief stores officer, effective May 3, 2021. Francis will report to Reade Fahs, chief

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

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. Names SVP, Global Supply Chain Officer

Tampa, Fla. — David Deno, CEO of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., has announced the promotion of Lissette Gonzalez to senior vice president, supply chain. In her new role, Gonzalez will lead the company’s supply chain and join the executive leadership team.

SMG Partners with QDOBA to Manage Customer Experiences

Kansas City, Mo. — Service Management Group (SMG), a global customer, patient and employee experience management partner to more than 500 brands, has launched a new customer experience management program with QDOBA Mexican Eats. The Mexican fast-casual chain is working

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.

Kimco Realty and Weingarten Realty Plan to Merge

Jericho, N.Y., and Houston — Kimco Realty Corp., one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers and mixed-use assets, and Weingarten Realty Investors, a grocery-anchored Sun Belt shopping center owner, manager and developer,

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.,