August 24, 2019
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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.

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.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. Reports Strong Results Driven By Accelerated Revenue Growth For Its Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter And Full Year

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLWS), a leading provider of gifts designed to help customers express, connect and celebrate, today reported results for its Fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and full year ended June 30, 2019.

Del Taco

Tulare Del Taco Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Fundraising Event

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant* (MQSR), is proud to announce the 20th anniversary of its Tulare restaurant, located at 1415 Hillman Street.

FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS® Franchisees and Vendors Give Back to St. Louis Schools During FASTSIGNS Annual Outside Sales Summit

Attendees at the 2019 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit in St. Louis, Missouri partnered with the Little Bit Foundation to assemble and donate 2,000 Back-to-School bags as part of a “FASTSIGNS Community Giveback.”

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.

1-800-Flowers.com® Expands

The Plant Shop at 1-800-Flowers.com® has expanded its offerings, introducing some of the most sought-after plants for home décor enthusiasts, gift-givers and plant lovers alike.

Window World Marks Milestone Sale of 17 Millionth Window

Window World®, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, is proud to announce it recently sold its 17 millionth window.

Nestlé® Toll House® Café By Chip® Reopens in the Woodfield Mall Under New Ownership

Freshly baked cookie fans, have no fear – Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip® is back at Woodfield Mall!

Del Taco

Del Taco Expands Morning Offerings With New Breakfast Toasted Wrap

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO) today announced the introduction of its newest breakfast item, the Breakfast Toasted Wrap, now available at the company’s more than 580 restaurants nationwide.

Venture X

Venture X Honored as One of South Florida’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Venture X was officially ranked as one of South Florida’s 2019 fastest-growing private companies at the South Florida Business Journal Fast 50 awards presentation last Thursday.

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.

Nexterus Named Among 100 Great Supply Chain Partners

Nexterus, a world-class leader with decades of experience in supply chain management and technology, goes above and beyond for its customers and is being honored for that commitment to excellence.

UBreakiFix

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.

Now Optics, a Leading Eye Health Provider, Announces New Franchise Team

Now Optics today announced, its new franchise business team: Mike Wootton, Joe Malmuth, and William Reno selected to lead My Eyelab’s business opportunity growth, nationally.

FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Hosts Ninth Annual Outside Sales Summit

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the world’s leading sign and visual graphics franchisor with more than 700 FASTSIGNS® locations in nine countries worldwide, hosted its ninth annual Outside Sales Summit August 8-10 in St. Louis, Missouri.

El Pollo Loco Names Jason Weintraub as New Chief Legal Officer

El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken chain, today announced the appointment of Jason Weintraub as Chief Legal Officer, effective August 29.

Window World Remains Leader in J.D. Power’s Customer Satisfaction Study

Window World®, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, received the J.D. Power Award for ranking highest in the Retail segment of the 2019 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study.

Wayback Burgers Partners with Uber Eats

Wayback Burgers, America’s Favorite Hometown Burger Joint and one of the nation’s fastest-growing burger franchises, has partnered with Uber Eats to offer burger fans a terrific deal.

As The New School Year Begins, Club Pilates® Collaborates With Elements Massage® To Reinforce Self-Care

Club Pilates®, the nation's largest Pilates franchise, announces a collaboration with Elements Massage®, one of the fastest-growing therapeutic massage franchises in the country.

The Lost Cajun Brings Authentic Cajun Flavor to Charlotte Area

The Lost Cajun, a family-friendly restaurant with a focus on authentic Cajun food served with Southern hospitality, is set to expand its North Carolina footprint even further.

theCoderSchool Continues to Expand its New York Footprint

theCoderSchool - whose motto is “Learn to code. Change the world.” - is expanding into New York City.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. Completes Its Purchase Of The Shari’s Berries® Brand

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: FLWS), a leading provider of gifts designed to help customers express, connect and celebrate, today announced that it has completed its purchase of the Shari’s Berries brand.

BirthdayPak Welcomes New Franchisee

Jody is a BirthdayPak recipient and has an abundance of skills that will prove to be beneficial as she launches her new business.

Hello, Clemmons! Are You Ready For A Tasty New Habit?

Fifty years ago, America’s best burger was born in Santa Barbara, California, and now the award-winning, delicious taste of The Habit Burger Grill is coming to Clemmons.

milliCare Becomes a Brand Partner with CGI Franchise

milliCare, an environmentally sustainable commercial floor and textile care franchise, has become a Brand Partner of CGI Franchise.

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies - the Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine today revealed that Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s leading green cleaning and janitorial services franchise, is No. 3161 on its annual Inc. 5000 list.

Quaker Steak & Lube®

Quaker Steak & Lube Signs Agreements For Two New Concession Locations

Quaker Steak & Lube has signed agreements with Aramark Corporation, a food service and facilities management operator, to open two new franchised Quaker Steak & Lube concession locations.

Restoration 1® Named to Inc. Magazine’s Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – the 2019 Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine today revealed that Waco-based Restoration 1 is No. 1415 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies

Del Taco

Del Taco Grows in Georgia with Riverdale Opening

Del Taco, the QSR-plus concept making headlines for its Beyond Meat plant-based protein options, just announced its 16th Georgia-based restaurant with seasoned operating team Mac Kamara and Jeff Fisher.

Slim Chickens Gears Up for August 12 Opening in Russellville, AR

Slim Chickens, a leader in the “better chicken” segment of fast-casual restaurants, will continue expansion of its fresh chicken and unrivaled flavor in Arkansas, with its newest opening on August 12.

Blaze Pizza

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza Takes Another Slice of Central Texas

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the recognized world leader in fast artisanal pizza, announced today a multi-unit development deal that will grow the brand’s footprint in the Lone Star state.

Venture X

Venture X Fast Tracks Development with Continued Expansion in North Carolina

As Venture X continues its expansion into North Carolina, construction is underway for a new 21,773-square-foot facility in Durham’s Frontier Research Triangle Park (RTP) located at 600 Park Offices Drive.

Del Taco

Del Taco To Open In Riverdale, GA

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant* (MQSR), today announced it is scheduled to open its newest Georgia location on Wednesday, August 14th at 6791 Highway 85 in Riverdale.

Fitness Machine Technicians Enters Lower Hudson Valley, NY Market

Fitness Machine Technicians, specialists in the maintenance and repair of exercise equipment for fitness centers, universities, hotels, and private residences, announced today that it is expanding into the Lower Hudson Valley, NY market.

Fitness Machine Technicians Enters Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Surrounding Markets

Fitness Machine Technicians, specialists in the maintenance and repair of exercise equipment for corporate gyms, universities, hotels, and private residences, announced today it is expanding into Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and surrounding markets.

JDog Foundation Launches the Baugher Initiative to Honor Post-9/11 Heroes

The JDog Foundation has kicked off its first national awareness campaign with the Baugher Initiative, which was inspired by Marine Corps Veteran and JDog Junk Removal & Hauling franchise owner, Rob Baugher.

Scooter's Coffee

Scooter’s Coffee Opens First Location In Garden City

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 Kansas with the company’s debut store in Garden City on East Mary St. and Campus Drive.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opens Location in Reno-Lake Tahoe

America’s leader in low voltage landscape and architectural lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives (OLP), is pleased to announce the opening of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Reno-Lake Tahoe.

Taco Bueno Celebrating 52 Years by Reinvesting in Quality Tex-Mex Flavor

This Summer, Taco Bueno, the popular quick-service Tex-Mex chain, will celebrate 52 years of serving up delicious, quality Mexican-inspired classics by doubling down on quality and made-by-hand preparation.

Window World Launches Initiative to Help Veterans Establish New Careers

Window World, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, welcomes veterans interested in starting a career at a Window World franchise location.

Firehouse Subs

First Responder Family Opens the First Firehouse Subs® in Burlington

Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first location in Burlington, Ontario at 2301 Appleby Line on Monday, August 6, under the ownership of Franchisees Steve and Olimpia Panella.

FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS® Named A Top 50 Franchise For Women By Franchise Business Review

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. announced today that it has been named a top franchise for women by Franchise Business Review in its 2019 Top Franchises for Women Report.

Fastest-Growing Pet Franchise Launches National Initiative to Hire Adults with Autism

Dogtopia, one of the nation's largest and fastest growing pet franchises, has just released a system-wide Autism Employment Manual to equip the company's 100+ franchise locations with the tools needed to hire employees with autism.

ProSource Wholesale Announces Expansion With Grand Opening Of Shreveport, LA Location

ProSource Wholesale®, the premier partner and supplier to the trade for home and commercial remodeling projects, is pleased to welcome ProSource of Shreveport as a new ProSource showroom.

FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS® Launches First Location in Queens, New York

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. recently announced the opening of a new center location under the support of franchising industry veteran Greg Carafello of Executive Franchise Group, LLC.

Venture X

Venture X Prepares to Open New Facility in Lewisville, Texas

Venture X continues its Texas expansion with the announcement that a modern 30,000-square-foot office space will open at The Realm at Castle Hills in early 2020.

Wayback Burgers Celebrates Its One-Year App Anniversary

Wayback Burgers, America’s Favorite Hometown Burger Joint and one of the nation’s fastest-growing burger franchises, is celebrating its one-year app anniversary on August 16.

Handyman Connection

Handyman Connection Wins Inaugural Franchise Update Media 2019 Innovation Award

Handyman Connection, a home repair company with more than 25 years of experience, announced today it was recognized by Franchise Update Media for its outstanding innovation in local marketing leadership.

Experimax

Experimax Ranked A Top New Franchise In Entrepreneur Magazine’s Highly Competitive Annual Franchise List

Experimax, formerly known as Experimac, a franchise specializing in the sale of certified pre-owned devices, has been named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, and most recently to its Top 100 New Franchises list.


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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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Multi-Unit Operators Talk About How They Hire, Fire, Train, & Retain Employees.

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