Jamba Juice eyes Houston for continued expansion

Jamba Juice, which has more than more than 800 franchised and company-owned locations, is gearing up for a big expansion push in Houston. With eight stores operating in the area, the most recent of which opened in December of 2016,...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe expands into Indiana with 8-store agreement

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has signed a franchise development agreement to expand its presence in Indiana, according to a press release. Existing franchisees David and Ruth Buko along with first-time Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisee James Volpert, will develop eight cafes in...

Newk's to open 11 locations in West Texas, San Antonio

A new franchise partner plans to open 11 Newk's restaurants in West Texas and the San Antonio metro area. Lashford Howard LLc, owned by Patrick and Tara Lashford and Kendall Howards, will open the new eateries in Amarillo, Abilene, El...

Aloha Poke taps former Potbelly exec as CEO

Aloha Poke Co., a Chicago-based Hawaiian-style fast casual poke restaurant chain, has hired Chris Birkinshaw as CEO. He joins Aloha Poke following six years in successive senior management positions at Potbelly Sandwich Works, according to a company press release. "I am thrilled to step in as CEO.

Smoothie King opening 150 units this year

Smoothie King is continuing its growth spurt, signing 36 franchise agreements this quarter across 14 states, according to a company press release. The company added 147 franchises in 2017 and expects to open 150 locations in 2018 — the most it has ever opened in the U.S.

Uberrito signs 1st airport deal

Uberrito has signed an agreement with SSP America to commercially develop and operate a location at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport — the restaurant's first airport terminal location — according to a press release. The opening is part of SSP...

Melt Shop on expansion mission

Melt Shop franchisee Drew Smith has assumed ownership of the company's King of Prussia Mall location in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, located just northwest of central Philadelphia, according to a company press release. The transfer marks Smith's first Melt Shop restaurant and the company's inaugural franchise location in the U.S.

Togo's unveils new look

Togo's has implemented a system-wide brand refresh anchored by its new anthem, "True to the Sandwich," and its new sandwich, the Pretzelrami. The 47-year-old company elected to carry out the refresh in order to ensure that all of its marketing...

Pizza Press grows Sunshine State locations

The Pizza Press is starting an aggressive growth phase with plans to bring 20 locations to Florida through strategic franchise partnerships, beginning with the opening of three locations in Windermere and Hamlin within the next year. A news release said...

Minnesota-based Crisp and Green expanding

Crisp and Green, a Minnesota-based fast casual concept, is opening two locations as majority owner and CEO Steele Smiley builds upon plans to expand nationally via corporate and franchise operations, according to a company press release. Construction of the restaurants...

PizzaRev opens 2 Cali locations with self-serve beer taps

PizzaRev opened two locations in central California this month in Citrus Heights and Turlock, a news release said. Both feature self-pour beer cider and wine, along with customized pizzas. "One of the most rewarding aspects of our national expansion is...

Mississippi Backyard Burgers franchisee opens 5th unit

Back Yard Burgers, which recently opened in Columbus, MIssissippi, at 1913 Highway 45 N., is hosting its grand opening celebrations today through Saturday. Festivities include the Hometown Heroes Day, which on Wednesday gives all members of law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs,...

Founder of Biscuitville's grandson joins family business

Blake Jennings has joined Greensboro, North Carolina-based Biscuitville Fresh Southern as director of development. He's a third-generation member of the Jennings family to work at Biscuitville and is joining the family business during a period of rapid growth for the company, according to a company press release.

Honeygrow debuts digital engagement program

Honeygrow is partnering with LevelUp to develop its guest engagement program. On-the-go customers can experience the online ordering system at order.minigrow.com, where they can pre-order dishes from Minigrow, a smaller prototype of the brand, to pick up at any of...

Blaze opens 10th New York store

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza is opening a location Thursday in Vestal, New York — the brand's 10th Empire State restaurant.

SushiFork to offer franchises

SushiFork, a fast casual sushi restaurant, will offer franchises after seeing "tremendous growth" at its Tulsa, Oklahoma, location, which opened in December 2016, according to a press release. The company said that SushiFork is the first fast casual, create-your-own sushi...

Wayback Burgers launches in Pakistan

Wayback Burgers has opened its newest restaurant in Johar Town in Lahore, Pakistan. The country's master franchisees — Ejaz Chaudhry, Imran Zahoor, Kamran Zahoor and Imtiaz Chaudhry — opened the unit last week but have managed and owned several concepts...

I ♥ Mac & Cheese opens 1st franchise unit

I ♥ Mac & Cheese opened its first franchised location this week in Yukon, Oklahoma. It is the first store to open under the chain's five-unit deal with Genevieve "Genny" Prieto. "We are thrilled Genny has chosen to expand the I ♥ Mac & Cheese presence in Oklahoma City," Stephen Giordanella, CEO and chairman, said in a company press release.

Rush Bowls inks Oakland deal

Rush Bowls has signed a development deal to open a location in downtown Oakland, California. Located at 350 17th St., the 950-square-foot store is slated to open late summer 2018, according to a company press release. "We knew we wanted...

The Hummus & Pita Co signs Los Angeles deal

New York's The Hummus & Pita Co. has signed a deal with Dan Markel, a Southern California multi-concept operator, to open five units in Los Angeles. Three stores should be open by the end of the year, according to a...

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