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Franchise Industry Expansions

Thriving franchise companies in search of growth opportunities know that well-executed expansion strategies are key to their continued success. Here's where you'll find the latest news as franchisors issue press releases announcing their growth, new unit openings, development strategies, and the regions and territories where they're offering franchising opportunities to both new and existing franchisees.

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...

Le Meridien Debuts In The Big Easy With The Opening Of Le Meridien New Orleans »

December 18, 2014 at 10:59AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Newly Transformed Hotel Unveils $29 Million Renovation of Public Spaces, Restaurant and Bars, Guestrooms, and Expanded Meeting Space
NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today unveiled Le Méridien New Orleans, following a comprehensive $29 million transformation. The newly renovated hotel features 410 fully redesigned guestrooms, including 22 suites; three new food and beverage outlets, including a new destination restaurant; and the addition of 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.
"Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, and New Orleans has long been on our short list of dynamic U.S. cities that share in our brand passions for the arts, culture and cuisine," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin...

Starwood Hotels' Leading-Edge Aloft Brand Makes Debut In Detroit »

December 18, 2014 at 10:52AM PST | Source: aloft hotels

Bringing new Life to a City Landmark, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney Delivers Urban Design, a Vibrant Social Scene and Live Performances by Emerging Artists
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the launch of its game-changing Aloft® brand in Detroit, following the completion of an adaptive re-use project that has transformed the historic David Whitney building. Located at One Park Avenue, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney features 136 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking design and an energetic, social atmosphere - all at an affordable price point. The hotel is owned and developed by Whitey Partners, LLC, a joint venture between The Roxbury Group and VOS Hospitality, the lifestyle/boutique division of Trans Inns Management, Inc...

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...

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...

New Orangetheory Fitness Studios Coming To Denver Area »

December 17, 2014 at 9:59AM PST | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

High-Intensity Interval Fitness Franchise Announces Grand Openings in Stapleton and Union Station
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced that two new studios will be coming to Denver, Colorado. The Stapleton studio located at 7349 E. 29th Avenue and the Union Station studio located at 1400 Wewatta St. will both open on Dec. 31. In addition to the Denver locations, a new studio in Boulder located at 1850 29th Street is also celebrating its grand opening this month. With 11 studios now open in the state and several in development, the brand will continue to target the Colorado market for expansion in the New Year.
The Stapleton studio will be celebrating its grand opening with a VIP party on December 30 from 5:00 - 8:00 p...

Dental Fix RX Expands Dental Repair Service To North Dallas »

December 17, 2014 at 9:48AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

National mobile dental repair company, Dental Fix RX, launches all-new business in Dallas with mobile repair center.
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dallas, Texas. - Dental Fix RX, a mobile dental equipment repair company, recently signed an all-new franchise to service Dallas area dentists. Owned and operated by Scott Welch, the business features a fully equipped mobile repair center that will supply dentist offices with prompt, on-site equipment service, repair, and replacements. This is the second location in Dallas, and Welch's franchise will service areas from University Park to cities as far north as Frisco.
"Dental Fix offers a paradigm shifting alternative to the services currently provided to most dentists," said Scott Welch, Dental Fix franchise owner...

Marilyn Monroe(TM) Spas Launches Worldwide Franchise Opportunities »

December 16, 2014 at 2:56PM PST | Source: Marilyn Monroe Spas
Marilyn Monroe Spas Opportunities Available

Former Disney Executive Brings Iconic Spa Brand to Life Across the Country, Now Offering Opportunities to Franchise Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Lounge & Glamour Room Concepts
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. - Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, a national brand with eight locations currently open and several more opening soon, announced today that it will begin franchising its popular Nail Lounge and Glamour Room concepts.
Both concepts offer a contemporary take on the traditional day spa and leverage the universal appeal, sophistication and intrigue of the Marilyn Monroe™ brand persona. Led by spa industry veteran Niki T. Bryan, founder and CEO, and former Disney executive Allen "Al" R. Weiss, executive chairman, Marilyn Monroe™ Spas was granted an exclusive global licensing agreement in 2012 with Authentic Brands Group, a leading international intellectual property corporation that owns the estate of Marilyn Monroe, to operate in the spa, salon, nail and health and wellness categories using the Marilyn Monroe name...

Hampton By Hilton Announces Opening Of First Hotel In Panama  »

December 16, 2014 at 2:52PM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Hilton Worldwide's Fifth Property in Panama Represents another Milestone in the Company's Latin America Expansion Efforts
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // PANAMA CITY, Panama and MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton by Hilton continues its international expansion by announcing the opening of its first hotel in Panama today. Hampton by Hilton Panama, a 108-room, new-build hotel managed by Hilton Worldwide, joins the global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels, as the company's fifth hotel in Panama.
Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management for Hilton Worldwide, said, "This opening marks the fifth Latin American country with a Hampton by Hilton hotel...

Hilton Worldwide Welcomes The Providence Biltmore To Curio - A Collection By Hilton »

December 16, 2014 at 10:35AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Historic New England Hotel Joins Expanding Global Collection
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Iconic landmark hotel, the Providence Biltmore, today joined Curio - A Collection by Hilton. Hilton Worldwide today announced the anticipated addition to its growing global brand of distinctive upper upscale and luxury hotels, hand-picked for travelers who seek local discovery and authentic experiences.
Located in the heart of downtown Providence, the historic hotel was built in 1922 by Warren and Wetmore, the same architects behind New York City's Grand Central Station. The stately building opened its doors with widespread acclaim and today is deeply woven into the city's fabric and culture, beloved by generations of guests...

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...

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...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Seaford »

December 15, 2014 at 2:42PM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
SEAFORD, Del., Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest Delaware Sears Hometown Store at 23392 Sussex Highway in Seaford.
The Seaford location marks the 13th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 30th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"We look forward to providing the Seaford community the largest selection of home appliances, tools, and lawn & garden equipment at the lowest possible price," stated Daniel White, local owner of the new Sears Hometown Store of Seaford...

New Sears Outlet Store Opens In Fresno »

December 15, 2014 at 2:40PM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Broad Assortment of Merchandise Marked Significantly Lower than Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices
FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest California Sears Outlet Store at 4150 Shaw Avenue in Fresno.
The Fresno location marks the 10th opening of a new Sears Outlet Store this year and the 29th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.
"We offer an extensive selection of entry-level priced to high-end merchandise that is constantly changing," said Airrick Contreras, store manager of the new Sears Outlet Store in Fresno. "Our goal is to simplify the Outlet shopping experience with a highly-skilled team that's ready to help customers find exactly what they need and want...

New Sears Outlet Store Opens In Fayetteville »

December 15, 2014 at 2:36PM PST | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Broad Assortment of Merchandise Marked Significantly Lower Than Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Prices
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest Sears Outlet Store in North Carolina on December 11, 2014 at 1240 Ireland Drive in Fayetteville.
The Fayetteville location marks the ninth opening of a new Sears Outlet Store this year and the 28th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.
"With the holidays approaching, customers will appreciate the tremendous value and savings at the new Sears Outlet Store in Fayetteville," said Ken Whitlock, store manager of the new Sears Outlet Store in Fayetteville...

Hurricane Grill & Wings(R) Opens New Restaurant In Jupiter »

December 15, 2014 at 10:25AM PST | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings Opportunities Available

Tropical-Themed Casual Dining Franchise Set To Open 40h Florida Restaurant
December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Hurricane Grill & Wings®, an island-inspired, full-service restaurant, continues its expansion in its home state of Florida with a new restaurant opening in Jupiter. The family-friendly restaurant invites local fans to come in and Live with Flavor® where guests can enjoy a variety of sizzling wings, delectable entrees and fresh, crisp salads to satisfy any craving.
Hurricane Grill & Wings is known for their more than 35 signature flavors of award-winning, never frozen fresh jumbo wings. Popular flavor varieties include Thai Ginger and Garlic, Ancho Chili Lime and Sea Salt & Vinegar and can range in heat intensity from Calm Seas to Evacuation Route...

La Madeleine Signs Five-Unit Development Deal »

December 15, 2014 at 10:17AM PST | Source: la Madeleine

Renowned Arkansas Development Group to Open French-Inspired Bakery Cafés Throughout Central and Northwest Regions of the State
December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - La Madeleine, the authentic country French fast casual dining experience complete with signature recipes that are handcrafted and made to order in a warm and relaxing environment, announced today a multi-unit agreement that continues to build momentum for its strategic franchising initiative.
This agreement comes as another indication of la Madeleine's strength and desire to elevate its footprint in select U.S. markets with seasoned restaurant owner/operator groups. The Dallas-based restaurant company, which has a collection of more than 70 bakery cafés, has completed the deal with the Chi Development Company, an established multi-unit, multi-brand franchise development group based in Little Rock, Arkansas...



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