August 24, 2019
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LemonShark Poke

LemonShark Poké’s New Sandy Springs Location Installs Self-Pour Beer Wall with iPourIt Technology

iPourIt increases its lead in the market with the installation of a 6-tap self-serve tap system using its technology at the tenth LemonShark Poké location in Sandy Springs.

Wag N’ Wash Signs Agreement to Open New Location in Dallas

Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming, a full-line specialty retail destination for cats and dogs, announced its signed agreement with local entrepreneur Tom Dang for the Northeast Dallas area. The forthcoming location is expected to open...

Scooter's Coffee

Scooter’s Coffee Opens Second Location in Garland

Scooter’s Coffee, best known for its convenient drive-thru specialty coffee and baked-from-scratch pastries, added a new location to the state of Texas with the company’s second store in Garland.

I Heart Mac & Cheese Signs Two Store Texas Development Agreement With MJM Real Estate & Investments

I Heart Mac & Cheese today announced it signed a two store development agreement to open restaurant locations in Houston and Beaumont, Texas.

Tin Drum Asian Kitchen Coming to Houston

Atlanta-based Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, a Pan Asian restaurant that transports its guests to a street side café in Asia, complete with hawker style cuisine and atmosphere, will open the first of five restaurants in Houston this year.

Tony Roma’s® Continues String of Impressive Growth with its 37th Store in Spain

Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Roma’s® – the world’s largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs – announced today another new restaurant opening in Madrid, Spain.

Park Inn By Radisson Opens New Hotel In Vallenar, Chile

Park Inn by Radisson, the upper midscale hotel brand that delivers stress-free experiences, good food, and upbeat environments, is proud to announce the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Los Olivos de Vallenar.

Slim Chickens Gears Up for August 22 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Owasso, OK

Slim Chickens, a leader in the “better chicken” segment of fast-casual restaurants will celebrate the recently opened store with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8712 N Garnett Road, 74055 in Owasso on August 22.

Mighty Welcomes New Franchise Partner in Birmingham: Flynn Distributing

Mighty Distributing System is pleased to announce that Birmingham, Alabama-based Flynn Distributing has added a Mighty Auto Parts franchise.

MOOYAH to Open in Middleburg Heights with Plans to Add Four Locations to the Cleveland Area

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast casual, “better burger” chain, is ready to satisfy the taste buds of burger enthusiasts in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Teriyaki Madness Goes Global: Fast-Casual Teriyaki Shop Concept Announces International Franchise Opportunities

On its continued quest for world domination-er, global expansion, rather-Teriyaki Madness is seeking qualified franchise partners to help introduce the brand to new and hungry audiences around the world.

Metal Supermarkets Opens Newest Store in Birmingham, Alabama

Metal Supermarkets, the world’s largest supplier of small-quantity metals, will open its newest store at 4550 Fifth Avenue South in Birmingham, Alabama on Monday, August 26.

Pollo Campero Announces Opening of New Restaurant in Frederick, Maryland

Pollo Campero is growing in Maryland! The flavorful chicken chain today announced it is opening a new restaurant in Frederick, Maryland.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Tianjin, China’s Historic Cultural City

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of Conrad Tianjin, a new 10-story, 375-room, state-of-the-art hotel in Nankai District.

Deka Lash Growth Continues with Studio Opening in Boston

Deka Lash, leading innovator in eyelash extensions, announced today the opening of their newest studio in the Boston area. The studio is located in Burlington and is owned and operated by Ms. Vivian Lin.

Ziebart of Morgantown, West Virginia Celebrates with a Successful Weekend-Long Grand Opening

Brothers Nick and Mark Lambie had a successful weekend opening their first Ziebart store in Morgantown, WV.

Alliance Franchise Brands, Marketing & Print Division Announces New Franchise Member in Mississauga

KKP, a franchise concept that serves the multi-billion-dollar market for marketing, print and graphics services, today announced a new franchise member in the Mississauga-Meyerside market.

Senior Helpers® Opens New Doors in Richmond-West

Senior Helpers®, one of the nation’s premier providers of personalized in-home senior care, recently announced the opening of its new Richmond West location.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Woodbridge Potomac Mills Opens

Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Woodbridge Potomac Mills.

Fatburger Opens 21st Location In British Columbia, Canada

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (“FAT Brands” or the “Company”), parent company of Fatburger, is pleased to share the opening of its newest restaurant in Sumas.

Pinkberry Signs New Franchise Agreement in The Sunshine State

Pinkberry®, a quick service frozen yogurt franchise offering any delicious flavor and topping imaginable under the scorching Florida sun, announced it has signed a franchise agreement with Sohel Rana to open one location in Ft. Lauderdale.

Park Inn By Radisson And MV Werften Open Unique Ship-Inspired Hotel In Germany´s Historic City Of Wismar

is proud to announce the opening of a 98-room hotel in Wismar, Northern Germany, with MV Werften.

Cambria Adds Third Wisconsin Hotel With Milwaukee Opening

Cambria Hotels, an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), debuts in Milwaukee today, marking the brand's first location in the city and the third in the Badger State.

IHG Signs A Holiday Inn Hotel In Dehradun

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of world’s leading hotel companies has signed a management agreement with Devatva* for Holiday Inn Dehradun Mussoorie Diversion Road.

Innovation and Simplicity are at the Core of Jobsite Image’s New Franchise Opportunity

Jobsite Image recently announced its franchise offering that promises investors a low-cost, lifestyle business.

Venture X

Venture X Prepares to Open in Rochester

As expansion continues, Venture X, a premium membership-based workspace community for entrepreneurs and businesses, has announced that a new 10,000-square-foot shared office space will be opening in Rochester.

Meineke Car Care Centers

Meineke Continues Rapid Expansion Across the U.S.

Meineke Car Care Centers has announced that Joe Cooper, owner of seven franchise locations throughout the greater Charlotte area, has agreed to open ten more locations over the next five years.

LeTip Creates LeTip World Franchise as New Business Opportunity

LeTip, the world's largest family-owned professional business leads organization, has launched LeTip World Franchise as a new business franchise opportunity.

What A Catch! Clean Juice Signs Former NFL Player And Super Bowl Hero David Tyree To Franchise Agreement In New Jersey

Charlotte-headquartered Clean Juice® has announced today the signing of former National Football League (NFL) player and Super Bowl hero David Tyree to a franchise agreement.

Lightbridge Academy

Lightbridge Academy Signs First Manhattan Franchisee, Paving the Way for Further Mid-Atlantic Domination

With centers throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Lightbridge Academy has built a solid presence throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Now, the early education and child care franchise is about to break ground on some very coveted soil: New.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes to Open First of Three Planned Virginia Beach Locations

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast casual, “better burger” chain, is gearing up to satisfy the taste buds of burger enthusiasts in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans Breaks into Alabama Market with First Signed Agreement

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans recently signed a multi-unit deal to bring three new locations to Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Sunny Street Café Expands in North Texas as Franchisee Opens Third Location

The days are looking brighter and brighter for Carolyn and Jerry Leverett, who opened their third Sunny Street Café franchise location in Keller in 2019.

Realty ONE Group Opens New Headquarters in Laguna Niguel

Realty ONE Group, one of real estate’s fastest growing franchisors, officially cut the ribbon on the company’s new headquarters in Laguna Niguel, CA, last week at a special celebration with Realty ONE Group leaders from around the world.® Expands

The Plant Shop at® has expanded its offerings, introducing some of the most sought-after plants for home décor enthusiasts, gift-givers and plant lovers alike.

Camp Run-A-Mutt Announces Opening of Wilmington, North Carolina Location

Camp Run-A-Mutt Entrepreneurial Resources is excited to announce the opening of the first North Carolina location of Camp Run-A-Mutt cage-free doggie day care and boarding at 2541 Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington.

Planet Fitness to open "Judgement Free" Club in Mesa

Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone®, today announced it will open its third location in Mesa, AZ next to Kohl's at 5833 E. McKellips Rd...

Church's Chicken® Opens New Location in Apopka, FL

Church's Chicken®, along with franchisee Goalz Restaurant Group FLA, LLC, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest restaurant in Apopka, FL, and food, fun, and swag are all on the menu.

Domino's® to Open New Workspace Dedicated to Collaborative Innovation

Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, has spent years focused on cutting-edge technology created and built largely by teams at its World Resource Center in Ann Arbor.

United Water Restoration Group Ramps up Nationwide Growth through Franchising

United Water Restoration Group (UWRG) is ramping up its franchise growth in 2019. With a renewed focus on franchising, the 22-unit restoration brand anticipates at least 200 UWRGs open and operating by August 2021.

Fat Brands Continues Expansion in Pakistan with 5-Unit Development Deal For The Co-Branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express Concept

FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc, parent company of Fatburger, The Last Great Hamburger Stand™, announces today the development of five co-branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express concepts in Pakistan.

Hotel Indigo® Williamsburg Brooklyn Opens Doors in the Heart of Williamsburg

Hotel Indigo® Williamsburg Brooklyn, an upscale 187-room Valor Hospitality Partners and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) hotel, announced today it is officially open for business.

National Indoor Dog Training Gym Secures Foothold in Phoenix

Zoom Room, a national indoor dog training gym with an emphasis on socialization is expanding its footprint to introduce cutting-edge curriculum and positive reinforcement training to the southwest region.


Enter ManageMowed: Greenpoint Landscape Management Rebrands as ManageMowed

ManageMowed, a commercial landscape management company, is on a hot streak.

Quaker Steak & Lube®

Quaker Steak & Lube Signs New Franchise Agreement For First Philadelphia Area Restaurant

Quaker Steak & Lub has signed a franchise agreement with Philadelphia commercial construction developer John Tripodi to open a new restaurant in Bensalem, Pa., approximately 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

Captain D's Opens First South Florida Location in Belle Glade

Captain D's, the nation's leading fast casual seafood restaurant, announced today the opening of its newest franchised restaurant in Belle Glade, marking the brand's first location in the South Florida market and its 30th in the state.

Valvoline Announces Opening of Another Company-Owned Quick-Lube Center in Virginia

Valvoline Inc. announced today that it has opened a new company-owned Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM (VIOC) service center in Lynchburg, Virginia.


uBreakiFix Expands Asheville Footprint With Arden Store

Tech repair brand uBreakiFix opens its newest location, uBreakiFix South Asheville, on August 14 at 200 Julian Shoals Dr #50. This is the brand’s first location in Arden, North Carolina.

Radisson Blu Brings Beachfront Style To Hoi An, Vietnam’s Central Coast

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of a stylish, design-led beachfront property close to Hoi An, the heritage port town on Vietnam’s central coast.

Southern California Merger Brings Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Into San Bernardino County

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC announced that Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Champions, based in Riverside, Calif., has merged with Elite Realty Group of nearby Redlands.

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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

Welcome to "Good News!" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, international expansion, regulation and legislation, technology, milestones, and other news about franchisors large, medium, and emerging.

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