Take 5™ to Open 400th Location in September

Charlotte, N.C. — Take 5 Oil Change, a drive-thru quick lube franchise under the Driven Brands family, will open its 400th location in September. Last year, the brand celebrated its 300th-store milestone and has rapidly grown its footprint nationwide by

Alloy LED Expands Operations with East Coast Distribution Center

Emeryville, Calif. — Alloy LED, a California-based manufacturer and distributor of LED lighting, has expanded its operations to the East Coast with a new distribution center in North Carolina. The center currently serves its customers in the southeastern United States.

Papa John’s Appoints SVP and Chief of Restaurant Operations

Louisville, Ky. — Papa John’s International, Inc. has appointed restaurant industry veteran Jim Norberg as its chief restaurant operations officer. He will oversee the operations of Papa John’s corporate and franchise restaurants in North America. Norberg, a QSR industry veteran,

Service Management Group Partners with Sally Beauty

Kansas City, Mo. — Service Management Group (SMG), a global customer experience management, employee experience and brand research partner to more than 500 brands, has established a new partnership with global beauty products retailer Sally Beauty. The specialty retailer chose

At Home Marks 200th Store Milestone

Plano, Texas — At Home Group Inc., The Home Décor Superstore, has opened its 200th store, in San Diego. This milestone comes after At Home’s recent expansion into California, where the home décor retailer currently operates two stores with the

Cinnaholic Opens 10 New Locations in First Half of 2019

Atlanta — Cinnaholic, the gourmet cinnamon roll bakery acclaimed for serving innovative plant-based cinnamon roll creations, has opened 10 franchise locations since January in new markets including New Jersey, Houston, Phoenix and Ottawa, Ontario, bringing its total location count to

Williams-Sonoma President to Resign; Successor is Named

San Francisco — Janet Hayes, president of the Williams Sonoma brand, is resigning from the company after 12 years of service on August 1, 2019. She will be succeeded by Ryan Ross, executive vice president of Emerging Brands with the

Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group Names VP of Finance

New Albany, Miss. — Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG) has named John Richardson as vice president of finance for the Refrigerated Solutions Group, effective June 24, 2019, reporting directly to Kevin Fink, president of RSG. In his new role, Richardson

Twin Peaks Reveals Newly Remodeled Restaurant

Round Rock, Texas — The Twin Peaks restaurant in Round Rock, Texas, which first opened in 2008, recently reopened after a significant remodel. Twin Peaks updated its interior to provide the best experience possible for its guests. Restaurant renovations include

Blink Fitness Appoints President of Franchising

New York City — Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, value-based fitness concept, has appointed franchising industry veteran Thomas Flaherty as president of franchising, a newly created position. In this role, Flaherty will oversee the entire franchise business, including directing the brand’s

URW to Launch 3 New Solar Projects in the U.S.

Los Angeles — Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), a premier global developer and operator of flagship shopping destinations, has revealed details of its global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program — the most ambitious of its kind for a listed retail real estate company.

Texas Movie Theater Chain Partners with Shooter Detection Systems (SDS)

Rowley, Mass. — Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), the security industry’s leading gunshot detection solutions provider, has partnered with a Texas movie theater company, which has installed the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System in its chain of multi-cinema movie theaters

Togo’s Expands its New Prototype

San Jose, Calif. — Beginning in March, Togo’s store of the future — named Togo’s 3.0 — started gaining momentum thanks to the completion of both physical and operational renovations at its Emeryville, Fremont and San Jose, Calif., stores. The

Let’s Pave Selects Saw Mill Capital as Equity Partner

Oak Brook, Ill. — Let’s Pave, a leading national provider of specialized paving services and solutions, has selected Saw Mill Capital Partners II, LP and affiliated private equity investment funds managed by Saw Mill Capital LLC as its financial and

Office Depot Opens 5 New Workonomy Hub Coworking Spaces

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. is opening five new Workonomy™ Hub coworking spaces this week in the Houston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Orlando, Fla., markets. These new shared workspaces are integrated into existing Office Depot retail locations and

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh Plans to Grow by 50 New Restaurants Annually

Denver — Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a leading fast-casual Mediterranean franchise concept, has launched an aggressive franchise growth initiative to increase its presence across the U.S. Planning to add 50 new locations to the brand’s development pipeline annually, expansion will focus