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Juice It Up! gears up for aggressive expansion under new VP

The California-based juice bar and smoothie concept hired its first-ever VP of Business Development in November, and Laina Sullivan is ready to take it nationwide.

New Year's resolution: Start the year with a great plan for your business

If you’re one of those people who have great intentions but lack follow through, writing a good business plan is the first major test of your commitment.

Is Zoës Kitchen poised for a breakout year?

Going public landed $42 million on the Mediterranean-inspired concept's balance sheet, and Zoës Kitchen is ready to put those dollars to work growing its footprint.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

Pond: Poised to make a splash in 2015

This could be the breakout year for Hunter Pond and his East Hampton Sandwich Co. The young entrepreneur's three-unit chain is set to double its footprint in 2015, and add another four units in 2016.

Rearview 2014: Fast Casual is kind of a Big Deal

The theme was clear in 2014, just as it's been for several years running: Fast casual restaurants are winning. Consumers are drawn to the segment's quality, ambiance and value.

A peek inside Starbucks' first Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

A projected 1.4 million pounds of small lot coffee will be roasted in the first year at the new Roastery, doubling current production rates.

The four 'Cs' driving Jason's Deli's success

Jason's Deli racks up around $2.5M in AUVs. It's achieving that success by sticking with its core strengths, listening to customers, maintaining control and building strong company culture.

Secrets to successful restaurant site selection

Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.

Smashburger CMO: Better burgers are here to stay

Smashburger grew by about 20 percent this year, and it's likely it will continue that pace next year, according to newly-appointed CMO Josh Kern.

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Pizzeria Locale heading to Kansas City next

The fast casual pizza concept, which has a partnership with Chipotle, will open its first restaurant outside Colorado at 505 W. 74th Street, next to a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Waldo.

Ruby's Dinette adds VP of franchising in preparation for 20-unit push

Ruby's hopes to add 20 new locations based on its simplified fast casual model.

New units planned for high-growth states

New restaurants are set to open in three of the five states the NRA predicts will have strong sales in 2015.

Cold Stone Creamery China seeks growth through subfranchising

Master franchier SCSICC currently operates nearly 60 Cold Stone Creamery locations across China, and through its sub-franchisee model, plans to accelerate its store development in China.

Muscle Maker Grill acquired by American Restaurant Holdings affiliate

Muscle Maker Inc., an affiliated company of American Restaurant Holdings, Inc., announced the acquisition of Muscle Maker Grill.

Capriotti's, Dickey's, Menchies among brands with new locations this week

Capriotti's, Dickey's, Zoup!, Farmer Boys, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Menchies, Taylor Gourmet Handcrafted Hoagies and the Original Brookleyn Water Bagel Co. all opened new locations recently.

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint opens first Raleigh-Durham location

Franchisees Andrew Madans and Tallie Madans plan to open two more Uncle Maddio’s in the area within the next 18 months.

Cowboy Chicken expands outside Lone Star State

V2V Management will open the first Cowboy Chicken outside Texas in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this fall.

Fatburger beefs up SoCal presence with 30-unit deal

The deal with Landmark Foodmaster Inc. will bring new units to San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, most of which will be co-branded with Buffalo's Cafe.

McAlister's closes out 2014 with 19 new units

In 2014, McAlister's also signed 12 development agreements representing 77 future locations, and should see 30 units open this year.

HuHot launching 'quicker' NuHu Mongolian Express concept

Customers can build their own bowl or choose menu items, with prices ranging from $6.99 to $8.99.

BURGERFI closes 2014 with 31 new units

The addition of 31 new locations resulted in system-wide gross sales of $66.4 million, a 114 percent increase over 2013.

QSRs dominate top 10 franchise rankings

Franchiserankings.com's top 10 restaurant franchise list is dominated by quick-service concepts, with nine out of ten spots going to QSRs.

Blaze Pizza inks deal for Canada expansion

The fast-casual pizza chain is targeting Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary for the first locations.

Halal Guys ink 50-unit SoCal deal

The deal gives the franchisee exclusive rights to San Luis Obispo, Kern and San Bernardino counties, as well as everything south of those markets.

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Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, takes “fast casual” to the next level. We have created a new market for fast casual authentic homemade pizzas, gourmet salads and toasted Paninis – pioneering the trail for premium fast casual pizza. We are driving this new pizza trend by catering to customers’ expectations for great tasting, reasonably priced, and personalized pizza with high quality ingredients. Our made-to-order pizzas are available in a 9-inch individual, medium or large size, and topped with the freshest ingredients chosen by guests.