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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.

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Opens Indianapolis Office »

March 02, 2015 at 12:00PM PST | Source: Murphy Business & Financial Corporation

Nations Premier Business Brokerage to Meet Demand in Central Indiana’s Business Community
March 02, 2015 // // INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, North America’s leading, full-service business brokerage firm with more than 140 offices in the United States and Canada, recently announced the opening of a new office in Indianapolis. A full range of services and support are now available to business owners throughout the central region of the state.
Tom Feick, Managing Director, has opened the Murphy Business & Financial Corporation office to provide one of the state’s most comprehensive business brokerage services. The new Murphy Business Indianapolis office will support entrepreneurs throughout the greater Indianapolis region with the sale of their businesses, purchases, valuations and mergers and acquisitions...

Del Taco Sees Epic Sales Results With Expansion Into The South »

March 02, 2015 at 11:30AM PST | Source: Del Taco
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Popular Brand Increases Flavors of the South with Craveable Mexican and American Favorites
March 02, 2015 // // LAKE FOREST, CA - Del Taco, a leader in the Mexican quick service restaurant (MQSR) category, reported that the brand is making significant strides in the South, with a focus on expansion in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. With its fresh made-to-order Mexican and American classics drawing success in the region and beyond, Del Taco is truly a national brand.
Franchisee Clay Gullatt of Columbus, Georgia is no stranger to Del Taco's growing popularity. In 1997, he began his franchise career with a BBQ chain, followed by becoming a franchisee for a popular widespread pizza chain in 2002. Finding significant growth opportunity in the MQSR space, especially in the South, he was compelled to expand his portfolio...

Retro Fitness Has The Right Stuff: NKOTB Jordan Knight Becomes Newest Franchisee  »

March 02, 2015 at 11:20AM PST | Source: Retro Fitness
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Famous Lead Singer to Convert Existing Cranston, R.I. Gym into a Retro Fitness
COLTS NECK, N.J. - March 02, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - For Retro Fitness, membership rates aren't the only thing that's "retro." The leading national low-cost, high-value fitness chain announced today that New Kids On The Block front man Jordan Knight has signed a franchise agreement to convert his existing Cranston, R.I. gym, Fit World, into a Retro Fitness.
Knight opened his first health club in 1995 in Cranston and moved the facility in 2008, rebranding it as Fit World. Converting the facility into a Retro Fitness allows Knight to bring a whole new energy into the club and increase value for members. After the transformation is completed, he plans to continue growing the Retro Fitness brand with new locations in Massachusetts...

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Opens Northeast Philadelphia Office »

March 02, 2015 at 11:03AM PST | Source: Murphy Business & Financial Corporation

Local Entrepreneur Launches Nation's Premier Business Brokerage
Seasoned Executive to Meet Demand from Northeast Philadelphia Business Community
March 02, 2015 // // PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, North America's leading, full-service business brokerage firm with more than 140 offices in the United States and Canada, recently announced the opening of a new office in Northeast Philadelphia. A full range of services and support are now available to business owners throughout the Southeast portion of the state.
David Lynn, a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, has opened the Murphy Business & Financial Corporation office to provide his community with one of the state's most comprehensive business brokerage services...

Patrice & Associates Franchise Office Opens In Denver To Give Local Restaurant Scene A Boost »

March 02, 2015 at 10:57AM PST | Source: Patrice & Associates

Demand from Local Eateries Gives Rise to Management Support Business in Colorado
March 02, 2015 // // DENVER, Colo. - Patrice & Associates, the nation's preeminent strategic partner in the restaurant industry, announced today the opening of its Colorado office to meet the growing management needs at local restaurants and other related hospitality businesses.
Local resident Don Sunday, who has years of sale experience specializing in insurance, is turning his sights toward hospitality, as he runs day-to-day operations for Patrice & Associates in Colorado. Sunday will serve businesses around Denver, Aurora, Englewood, Littleton, Lakewood, Arvada, the Metro Area, Front Range and I-70 Corridor.
"Colorado's restaurant scene is nothing less than inspiring...

The Goddard School To Develop 150 New Schools By 2020 »

March 02, 2015 at 10:44AM PST | Source: Goddard School, The

#1 Preschool Franchise On Track to Open 20 New Schools In 2015
March 02, 2015 // // KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, reports that 2014 was another year of continued growth for the brand having opened 17 new schools across the country. In an aggressive expansion effort, Goddard Systems awarded 30 new licenses in 2014 and plans to award 40 in 2015 putting the brand in an excellent place to achieve both its 20 openings for 2015 and five-year development objective of 150 new schools by 2020.
In the past five years, franchisees of Goddard Systems have opened 90 schools and Goddard Systems is on track to develop 150 more franchised units in the next five years, bringing 4,500 new jobs to communities across the United States that will service approximately 20,000 new families...

New Menchie's Store In Heritage Place Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

March 02, 2015 at 8:58AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
March 02, 2015 // // CREVE COEUR, Mo. – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Creve Coeur, MO at 12587 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Creve Coeur favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, March 7 to Friday, March 13, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"Menchie's prides itself on connecting with the community, which is what drew my husband and I to the brand," said franchisee, Monique Bingham...

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening Of New Restaurant Near Northwestern University »

March 02, 2015 at 7:43AM PST | Source: Blaze Pizza

Free Pizzas for Blaze Pizza Fans at Evanston Location on Friday, March 6
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Mar 2, 2015) - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the nation's leading build-your-own pizza chain, announced today that it will open its 5th Chicago area restaurant, near Northwestern University, on Thursday, March 5th. To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant will offer FREE build-your-own artisanal pizzas on Friday, March 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The fast-casual concept, known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, will be located near Northwestern University's campus in Evanston at 1737 Sherman Avenue.
Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint" known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies...

Christian Brothers Auto Repair Franchise To Open 20 Stores In 2015 »

March 02, 2015 at 7:40AM PST | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Auto Repair Franchise Starts 2015 With 135 Locations Nationwide and Has Never Closed One
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Mar 2, 2015) - Christian Brothers Automotive plans to open 20 locations in 2015 -- continuing the strong growth that has earned the auto repair franchise recognition from both Entrepreneur magazine and Franchise Business Review.
Christian Brothers is a highly rated, faith-based auto repair franchise with a unique financial model. The auto repair franchise company assumes a majority of the startup risk by purchasing land and constructing "built-to-suit" buildings, which the franchisee then manages. We don't charge a franchisee based on top-line revenues like virtually every other franchisor, but on a share of the profits, which is calculated after expenses...

Golden Corral's Success Drives Franchise Growth »

March 02, 2015 at 7:29AM PST | Source: Golden Corral
Golden Corral  Opportunities Available

Customers Love Food; Investors Love Stable, Experienced Leadership
March 02, 2015 // // Raleigh, N.C. – Golden Corral®, the nation's largest grill-buffet chain, continued its growth in 2014 and is on track to open more new stores than all of its direct competitors combined. Between franchised and company stores, 14 new Golden Corrals opened in 10 different states in 2014, representing a significant capital investment in the brand.
Golden Corral now has 500 restaurants operating in 41 states. In 2015, the company will add 20 new locations, including restaurants that have already opened this year in Richmond, Ky., Christiansburg, Va. and Bellflower, Calif.
Company leaders attribute the growth in sales to continued food innovation, strict adherence to its founding mission of making pleasurable dining affordable®, and Golden Corral's famous best-in-class food offering and value pricing...

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Officially Opens »

March 02, 2015 at 7:24AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Second Hyatt Regency-Branded Hotel Enhances Dubai's Iconic Skyline
March 02, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), marking the fifth Hyatt-branded hotel in the city. A sixth Hyatt-branded hotel, Hyatt Place Dubai/Baniyas Square, is expected to open in Dubai later this year. Each of the six properties is developed by wasl Hospitality, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management, reflecting the strong and long-lasting relationship between the developer and Hyatt.
With its two iconic high-rise towers piercing the sky at 164 meters/538 feet, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights is ideally located next to the resurgent Dubai Creek, providing elaborate views across the water and stunning city skyline...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts To Grow Portfolio By More Than 40 New Hotels And Resorts Across Europe In The Next Five Years »

March 02, 2015 at 4:05AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Company Aggressively Expands in Turkey with Opening of The St. Regis Istanbul Marking the Entry of the Luxury St. Regis Brand in the Country
Record Year of Signings Driven by Conversion Deals with Accelerated Growth in 2015
BERLIN - March 2, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - From the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced it is on track to open more than 40 new hotels and resorts across Europe in the next five years, expanding its portfolio by almost 30% with openings in both fast-growing and established markets. Further underlining its long-term growth strategy, Starwood is set to open five new hotels in Turkey this year, including The St...

The Goddard School's Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Elmwood Park, NJ »

February 27, 2015 at 12:54PM PST | Source: Goddard School, The

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Elmwood Park Community
February 27, 2015 // // ELMWOOD PARK, NJ -  Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school is open for enrollment in Elmwood Park, NJ. Located at 301 Riverfront Blvd., Suite 1, Elmwood Park, NJ, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Olga Dubinsky.
Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Dubinsky worked in various industries such as real estate and catering sales. After hearing about the success of The Goddard School brand, Dubinsky decided to open her own school in the area.
The Goddard School preschool system prides itself on its unique dual-management system, a distinguisher in the early childhood education industry...

Giant Tiger Announces New Sioux Lookout Location »

February 27, 2015 at 7:48AM PST | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2015) - Giant Tiger is proud to announce the opening of its newest location in Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
The store will be located at 12 Fifth Avenue South, and will occupy 16,635 square feet of selling space.
Giant Tiger Sioux Lookout is scheduled to open on October 10, 2015.
Under a master franchise agreement with Giant Tiger Stores Limited, The North West Company operates Giant Tiger stores in Western Canada, including its newest location in Sioux Lookout.
Be sure to follow the new store's Facebook page at for information on all of the exciting opening day events, or sign up for the Giant Tiger email club at to have all the latest GT news delivered right to your inbox!
About Giant Tiger
In 1961, Giant Tiger Stores Limited opened its first store in Ottawa...

Creative Learning Corporation Awards Franchise In Croatia »

February 27, 2015 at 6:33AM PST | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - February 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN) ), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz,® Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce that BFK Franchise Company, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Learning Corporation) has recently awarded a franchise in Croatia, bringing the total number of countries with Bricks 4 Kidz and Challenge Island franchises (including the US and Puerto Rico) to 37. Adding Croatia continues to validate the strong appeal that Bricks 4 Kidz is enjoying both domestically as well as internationally," stated CEO Brian Pappas. "We also currently have very solid prospective franchisees/Master franchisees in South Vietnam, Peru, Cambodia, Pakistan, Turkey, Jordan, and Oman...

Giant Tiger Announces New Hanover Store »

February 27, 2015 at 6:26AM PST | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2015) - Giant Tiger is proud to announce the opening of its newest location, in Hanover, Ontario.
The store will be located at 880 10th Street, and will occupy approximately 21,750 square feet in the former Zellers location.
"Giant Tiger is excited to open a location in Hanover," said Greg Farrell, President and COO of Giant Tiger Stores Limited. "The residents of Hanover have been asking for a Giant Tiger store for a long time and we are thrilled to finally be announcing our arrival to this great community."
Giant Tiger Hanover is scheduled to open October 10, 2015.
Be sure to follow the new store's Facebook page at for information on all of the exciting opening day events, or sign up for the Giant Tiger email club http://www...

The Newly Built Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Red Deer Opens Doors »

February 27, 2015 at 5:16AM PST | Source: Microtel Inns & Suites

Crescent Hotels & Resorts, MRMA Commercial Real Estate Holdings and Wyndham Worldwide are proud to present the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer to the public.
Red Deer, Canada (PRWEB) February 27, 2015 - Crescent Hotels & Resorts, MRMA Commercial Real Estate Holdings and Wyndham Worldwide are proud to present the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer to the public on February 26, 2015.
"The newly built Microtel Inn & Suites is opening with great anticipation," said Alan Arsenault, developer of the hotel. "With the convenience of the amenities offered at the hotel and the advantage of an experienced staff, the hotel is a suitable accommodation for both business and leisure guests."
The Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer is conveniently located off Alberta Highway 2 nearby the City Centre, Red Deer College, Heritage Ranch and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum...

PrideStaff Expands With New Staffing And Employment Agency In Charlotte Southeast, North Carolina »

February 26, 2015 at 10:11AM PST | Source: PrideStaff

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) February 26, 2015 - PrideStaff, a national staffing organization, is pleased to announce the opening of a new staffing and employment agency in Charlotte. The new office will offer a full range of staffing and employment services in a variety of professional and light industrial disciplines serving the Charlotte Southeast area.
"After more than 20 years working in corporate marketing for large companies, I am excited to help small businesses succeed and offer quality job candidates rewarding employment opportunities," said Denis Pringle, Owner/Strategic-Partner of the Charlotte Southeast PrideStaff office. "Owning a PrideStaff office allows me to do what I love best – solve business problems – while being my own boss and helping others succeed...

Soldierfit Launches Franchise Program Along The East Coast »

February 26, 2015 at 9:18AM PST | Source: Soldierfit

Revolutionary Military-Inspired Fitness Center Now Offering Franchise Opportunities
February 26, 2015 // // Gaithersburg, Maryland – Soldierfit, the nation's leading military inspired fitness center, announced today its plans to expand its business along the East Coast of the United States with a targeted franchise opportunity. Soldierfit is a fitness organization based on military values that aims to educate its members on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Unlike other fitness centers, Soldierfit's top priority is character building. Owner Danny Farrar is an 11-year U.S. Army veteran who launched the company with business partner David Posin in 2007. Since then, Soldierfit has grown to include multiple 10,000-plus square foot centers across Maryland...

Starwood Hotels Debuts 14th Hotel In Texas With The Grand Opening Of Sheraton McKinney Hotel And Conference Center »

February 26, 2015 at 8:34AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

New Hotel Opens in the Heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
MCKINNEY, Texas - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the opening of the Sheraton McKinney Hotel and Conference Center in McKinney, Texas. Owned by Gateway Hotel One, Ltd., the hotel offers 186 guest rooms and suites, ample meeting facilities and all of Sheraton’s signature services and amenities. The property will celebrate its opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private reception attended by McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and members of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.
Sheraton McKinney is located 30 miles northeast of downtown Dallas and a short drive from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport...

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