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Bruster's To Open 25 Units In 2015 »

December 22, 2014 at 4:00AM PST | Source: Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Chain Returns to Erie, Pa. with New Franchisee
December 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // PITTSBURGH – Local-restaurant owner Tim Sedney has signed a franchise agreement to open a Bruster's Real Ice Cream shop in the Dobbins Landing section of Erie, Pa., one of 25 locations Bruster's expects to open next year.
The stand-alone shop is scheduled to open in March 2015 at 3100 W. 12th St., site of a former Bruster's that operated there many years ago. Sedney has given the building's façade a complete facelift and installed new landscaping. All other renovations will be completed by mid-January.
Sedney operates two popular waterfront restaurants, also in Dobbins Landing, that attract tourists and local residents alike...

Carl's Jr. Brings Iconic, Big And Juicy California-style Burgers To Japan »

December 19, 2014 at 12:34PM PST | Source: Carl's Jr.
Carl's Jr. Opportunities Available

Mitsuuroko Group Holdings signs exclusive agreement to develop 150 restaurants throughout Japan
TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global fast food chain Carl's Jr.® today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsuuroko Group Holdings Co., Ltd. to be the exclusive franchise developer to launch its famous, premium-quality burgers in Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, Mitsuuroko will develop 150 Carl's Jr. restaurants in Japan over the next 10 years. Mitsuuroko plans to open the first Carl's Jr. in Tokyo in 2015 with others opening in multiple markets across Japan.
"We are excited to partner with Mitsuuroko to bring our premium menu items, vibrant brand and innovative service to Japan," said Mike Murphy, president of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc...

Schlotzsky's Opens First Russian Location »

December 19, 2014 at 12:25PM PST | Source: Schlotzsky's

Successful Moscow Grand Opening Marks Debut of Brand in Former Soviet Countries, More than 50 Additional Restaurants to Follow
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schlotzsky's®, home of The Original® oven-baked sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, has debuted its first location in Russia, part of a plan that will add more than 50 restaurants throughout seven former Soviet countries over the next 10 years.
The fast-casual brand debuted in Kamergerskiy, a historical area in Moscow, Nov. 10 and served more than 1,000 customers in the first week alone.
"Schlotzsky's is such a unique brand and we are happy to finally have a presence in Russia," said Master Franchisee Mehmet Akpinar. "Our customers love the food and we're already getting great feedback on the variety of Schlotzsky's famous freshly-baked sourdough buns...

Hooters Signs New Franchise Partner In SoCal, Continues To Expand Global Footprint »

December 19, 2014 at 10:42AM PST | Source: Hooters

Chandi Group USA to cultivate Hooters presence in Palm Springs, California; International openings continue in Aruba, Australia, Mexico and more
December 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // (Atlanta, GA) -- Hooters of America, LLC, today announced a new domestic development agreement with Chandi Group USA to build multiple Hooters restaurants in the Palm Springs, Indio, Coachella and Cathedral City, California, areas. Headed by Nachattar Chandi, Chandi Group USA's first location is slated to open in late summer of 2015.
This agreement represents a continuation of Hooters worldwide unit growth acceleration. Hooters same store sales results also continue to gain momentum, and according to Knapp Track, have outperformed the casual dining segment in nine of the past 10 quarters ending September, 2014...

Winestyles Tasting Station In Houston To Celebrate A Night Of 'Opera Style' On Dec. 20 »

December 19, 2014 at 4:00AM PST | Source: WineStyles Inc.

Largest Wine Boutique Franchise Invites Community to Attend Performance of Classic Opera & Holiday Favorites
December 19, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – WineStyles Tasting Station®, a boutique concept dedicated to simplifying the wine and craft beer shopping experience, will host a special musical event, "Opera Style," Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at its Houston location at 10300 Louetta Road #150. The store will welcome opera vocalist Jarrod Lee and pianist Benjamin Krause to perform a collection of works by Mozart and Gershwin, as well as holiday favorites, while attendees enjoy a premium red or white flight of their choice and artisanal cheese plates.
"It's exciting to bring world-class entertainment to the WineStyles Tasting Station in Houston for our customers to enjoy," said Tracy Young, franchisee...

New Menchie's Store At Crossroads At Santa Maria Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

December 18, 2014 at 11:31AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, opens its newest store at Crossroads at Santa Maria, located at 2202 South Bradly Rd., Santa Maria, CA, 93455. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Santa Maria favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, December 20 to Friday, December 26, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

Great Wraps Secures Multi-City Development Agreement For Dallas-Fort Worth And Oklahoma City »

December 18, 2014 at 10:44AM PST | Source: Great Wraps

Multi-Concept Operator Chooses Hot Again Fast-Casual Brand to Fill Niche Mall Segment
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - With more than 80 locations nationwide, Great Wraps, a restaurant franchise that lives at the intersection of flavor and health, announces a franchise development agreement that will catapult the brand's presence further into Texas, with the signing of a multi-city deal to develop restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, as well as enter the state of Oklahoma for the first time. Experienced multi-unit franchisee Premila Vishwanath and her business partners at J2K, LLC., who currently operate a franchise portfolio that consists of 44 Jack in the Box and four Pizza Hut locations, secured the rights to develop Great Wraps restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as Oklahoma City...

Limited-Service Restaurant Johnny Rockets Proves HAMburgers And Shakes Stand The Test Of Time  »

December 18, 2014 at 10:27AM PST | Source: Johnny Rockets

Adaptable Footprints and Route 66 Prototype Lead to Increased Franchise Interest and Growth
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Aliso Viejo, Calif. - According to a recent Technomic report, 95 percent of consumers say they eat hamburgers at least once a month, contributing to a burger boom that spans across the restaurant industry. Impacting sales in restaurants, this industry trend has similarly contributed to growth in franchise sales, particularly for those franchise restaurants with high brand visibility and a focus on the guest experience. With a 28-year legacy of serving all-American menu items, including burgers and hand-spun shakes, Johnny Rockets' franchise interest has grown exponentially in 2014 due to its continued relevance and entertaining dining experience, a differentiator from the crowded burger space...

The Wendy's Company Elevates Executive Leadership Assignments To Drive Growth And Development »

December 18, 2014 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Wendy's

Penegor and Wright Promoted to Executive Vice President with Additional Leadership Responsibilities Restaurant Development and Consumer-Facing Technology Capabilities Also Enhanced
DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today announced several changes to executive assignments among members of the current Senior Leadership Team. The changes are designed to drive growth and restaurant development for The Wendy's Company.
The Wendy's Company is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 franchise and Company restaurants in the United States and 27 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit aboutwendys.com or wendys...

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint To Launch New IT Strategy »

December 17, 2014 at 11:38AM PST | Source: Uncle Maddio's

With Easy Ordering, Cloud-based Security and Loyalty Integration
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // (ATLANTA, GA) - Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will launch a new IT strategy that will improve customer engagement and franchisee satisfaction. Rolling out in the first quarter of 2015, the fast casual, create-your-own pizza concept will offer customers the latest way to connect with online and mobile ordering options. This added convenience is projected to drive more customers to the stores, and the enhanced loyalty program will bring them back.
Uncle Maddio's is also committed to the protection of sensitive customer information. The new secure, tokenization payment method will lower the risks to customers, and lower the expenses associated with PCI compliance for the franchisee...

RedBrick Pizza(R) To Debut In Kentucky »

December 17, 2014 at 11:20AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Open Flame Artisan Pizza chain set to open in Louisville's Mall St. Matthews
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - RedBrick Pizza, the fast-casual restaurant serving up gourmet artisan pizza baked to perfection in just 3 minutes in a 1000? open flame terra cotta oven, and also featuring Italian flatbread sandwiches known as Fhazani®, fresh chopped salads, and all natural gelato, today announced its first Kentucky restaurant will open this holiday season at Mall St. Matthews in Louisville. This new location is the first of several restaurants in the area to be developed over the next three years.
Located at 5000 Shelbyville Rd., this food court location features the new "Classic Italian" design for RedBrick Pizza Kitchen + Cafe, showcasing the restaurant's open-flame brick oven with elegant wood paneling and touches of classic Italian architecture...

Krispy Kreme Announces Jim Morgan To Transition To Non-Executive Chairman »

December 17, 2014 at 10:57AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2014-- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE:KKD) announced today that James H. Morgan, age 67, will transition from Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company to non-executive Chairman effective January 29, 2015.
Mr. Morgan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from January 2008 until June 2014. He has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 2000 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2005.
As part of its executive succession plan, the Company appointed Tony Thompson as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2014, at which time Mr. Morgan became Executive Chairman. Mr. Morgan’s transition to non-executive Chairman completes the succession plan...

Jersey Mike's Honors Veterans With Long-Time Partner Wreaths Across AMERICA »

December 17, 2014 at 9:53AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // MANASQUAN, N.J., - Last week, New Jersey icons Governor Chris Christie and Jersey Mike's Founder and CEO Peter Cancro honored veterans at a special ceremony on Ellis Island.
The tribute was part of the nonprofit Wreaths Across America's annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery to deliver hundreds of thousands of wreaths for Wreaths Across America Day on December 13, 2014. Known as the world's largest veterans parade, the Wreaths Across America (WAA) convoy stops at schools, monuments, veterans homes and communities each year.
To commemorate this year's event, MSNBC's "Taking the Hill" produced a special edition hosted by former Congressman, Iraq War veteran and contributor Patrick Murphy...

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Is Now Open In Jacksonville, N.C. »

December 16, 2014 at 10:30AM PST | Source: Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

The Pizza & Beer Authority Debuts in Jacksonville, N.C. Beginning Today, December 15
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a national casual dining restaurant known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza and vast craft beer selection, announced today that it has opened its second North Carolina location in Jacksonville at 4157 Western Boulevard. The restaurant will create nearly 120 jobs for the area. To celebrate the opening in Jacksonville, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has partnered with local charity, Hope for the Warriors®. One dollar from every Chicago 7™ and Meat Me™ specialty pizza ordered after 3 p.m. this month through January 4 will be donated to the organization in support of post-9/11 service members who were injured in the line of duty...

New Menchie's Store At Crossroads At Fallon Gateway Center Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

December 16, 2014 at 10:23AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // DUBLIN, Calif. - Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, opens its newest store at the Fallon Gateway Center, located at 3742 Fallon Rd., Suite 650, Dublin, CA 94568. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Dublin favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, December 20 to Friday, December 26, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"We immediately fell in love with how Menchie's not only strives to offer a premium quality product, but also the unique experience that goes along with operating a store," said franchisee, Mark Russell...

RedBrick Pizza(R) Announces Expansion Plans For Nebraska »

December 16, 2014 at 10:14AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Company founder and leadership team to host Taste & Tour Franchise Event in Omaha, Jan. 13
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - RedBrick Pizza, the fast-casual restaurant serving up gourmet artisan pizza baked to perfection in just 3 minutes in a 1000? open flame terra cotta oven, is launching an expansion campaign to add more than a dozen restaurants in Nebraska over the next three years.
The company will host a VIP Taste & Tour franchise event from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Omaha West on January 13. Franchise prospects will have an opportunity to meet RedBrick Pizza Founder Jim Minidis, learn about the award-winning concept and talk with company executives in person.
The event will include a visit to the newly-opened RedBrick Pizza at Oak View Mall for a private tour of the kitchen and product sampling from across the menu...

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Is Now Open In Hixson, Tenn. »

December 16, 2014 at 10:10AM PST | Source: Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

The Pizza & Beer Authority Debuts at Northgate Mall Beginning Today, December 15
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a national casual dining restaurant known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza and vast craft beer selection, announced today that it has opened its first location in the Chattanooga Area of Tenn., at the Northgate Mall (250 Northgate Mall Drive). The restaurant will create nearly 120 jobs for the area. To celebrate the opening in Hixson, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has partnered with local charity, Chattanooga Area Food Bank. One dollar from every Chicago 7™ and Meat Me™ specialty pizza ordered after 3 p.m. this month through January 4 will be donated to the organization in support of the fight against hunger...

Krispy Kreme Joy Goes Around The World With Global Holiday Hangouts »

December 16, 2014 at 9:08AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

#HolidayHangouts Interactive In-Shop Experience Brings Fans Face-To-Face Worldwide
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2014-- This holiday season, Krispy Kreme is giving its fans a place to hang out and share a doughnut, coffee and virtual conversation with friends they haven't met yet. Using Google's Hangouts live videoconferencing technology, the Krispy Kreme Joy Goes Around Holiday Hangouts is a global in-store experience that lets fans stopping in the shop for their favorite holiday treat, send and receive holiday messages from other doughnut lovers at participating Krispy Kreme® doughnut shops around the world.
"At Krispy Kreme, we believe that joy, no matter where it comes from, is contagious," explains Dwayne Chambers, Chief Marketing and Information Offer, Krispy Kreme...

Krispy Kreme Elects Tim E. Bentsen To Board Of Directors »

December 16, 2014 at 9:06AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2014-- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) announced today that Tim E. Bentsen has joined the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Bentsen also was appointed to the Company's Audit Committee.
Mr. Bentsen is a former audit partner and practice leader of KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm. Over his 37 years with KPMG, he served as an audit partner for financial, technology, and other public companies and served in a variety of leadership roles, including Southeast Area Managing Partner and Atlanta office Managing Partner. Mr. Bentsen also served on national leadership teams for the financial services and audit practice as well as on the firm's national Operations Committee...

Capriotti's Launches Third Washington D.C. - Area Shop »

December 15, 2014 at 2:45PM PST | Source: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Opportunities Available

The "Greatest Sandwich In America" Widens Presence In Nation's Capital
December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS - Capriotti's Sandwich Shop opens the doors today to its third location in the Nation's Capital in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Following the success of his locations in D.C and Rosslyn, franchisee, George Vincent Jr., is poised to make the newest restaurant resonate with the Georgetown community.
Capriotti's offers a diverse choice of subs and sandwiches to appeal to a variety of tastes. The Bobbie, the brand's nationally acclaimed sub, is made with in-house roasted and pulled turkey, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce and a hint of mayo. In addition to its popular turkey sandwiches, Capriotti's offers vegetarian selections, salads and other signature subs including the Capastrami®, which consists of savory hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and cole slaw as well as the Cheese Steak, made with premium grilled steak and melted white American cheese with the option of adding mushrooms, onions or hot peppers to spice it up...



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