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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.

Bajema, Fields To Open Oklahoma's First Pie Five Pizza This Friday »

March 27, 2015 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

OSU teammates, franchisees will debut trend-setting concept in Stillwater.
DALLAS - March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Pizza lovers in Oklahoma are about to experience an entirely new way of enjoying their favorite meal.
And Stillwater residents will be pleased to know they're first in line, thanks to a pair of former Oklahoma State teammates.
This Friday, March 27, the country's leading fast-casual pizza chain, Pie Five Pizza, will open for business at 10 a.m. at 611 N. Perkins Road, just north of Hall of Fame Ave. in Stillwater. Pie Five CEO Randy Gier, members of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, representatives of the OSU Football Team and others will help welcome the trend-setting eatery. And local radio station KSPI will be on-site from 3 – 5 p...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Longview »

March 27, 2015 at 11:09AM PDT | 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
LONGVIEW, Wash. - March 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest Washington Sears Hometown Store on March 30, 2015 at 1116 15th Avenue in Longview.
The Longview location marks the 11th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 13th 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.
"There is high consumer demand for top-of-the-line home appliances at a reasonable price, and often times it is very challenging to find a retailer who provides the value," said Glenn Oberdorfer, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Longview...

New Menchie’s Store In Valencia Gateway Village Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

March 27, 2015 at 8:30AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
March 27, 2015 // // VALENCIA, Calif. – Menchie’s, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Valencia, CA at 28273 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia, CA 91355. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie’s is sure to become a Valencia favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie’s will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, March 28 to Friday, April 3, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie’s merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

Luxury Real Estate Agent In The Woodlands Texas Joins Keller Williams Luxury Homes Division »

March 27, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

Trey Dean Properties an affiliate of Keller Williams Realty in The Woodland Texas joins Keller Williams Realty Luxury Homes Division.
The Woodlands, Texas (PRWEB) March 27, 2015 - Keller Williams Realty announced today that Trey Dean, a powerful player and luxury home expert in the Woodlands, has joined Keller Williams Realty Luxury Homes Division in The Woodlands and Magnolia office. Trey's expertise in the luxury homes market makes him a perfect fit within the ranks of KW Luxury Homes International.
Trey Dean has been an affiliated with Keller Williams Luxury Homes for several years. In 2014, Trey Dean Properties was selected as a 2014 committee member for GHLHC (Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection). His approach to "boutique style" real estate gives him an edge when it comes to marketing and selling high-end luxury homes...

Primrose Schools Grows Urban Footprint In Metro Atlanta »

March 27, 2015 at 8:08AM PDT | Source: Primrose Schools

Opens 300th school in Brookhaven, plans to open 5 more intown locations by 2016.
March 18, 2015 // // ATLANTA (March 18, 2015) – Primrose Schools®, a national high-quality early education and care provider based in Acworth, Ga., is growing its urban footprint in metro Atlanta with the opening of Primrose School of Brookhaven, its 300th school nationwide. The franchise company, which is experiencing record growth, plans to open at least five additional schools in the urban Atlanta area by 2016.
Primrose School of Brookhaven is located in Brookleigh Marketplace – a new mixed-use development near the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody Roads in Brookhaven, Ga., one of intown Atlanta’s newest cities...

Husband-Wife Team Find Perfect Fit With Showhomes Of Little Rock »

March 27, 2015 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: Showhomes

March 27, 2015 // // Dana and her husband Mark met at Ouachita Baptist University where they both majored in Mass Communications. Upon graduating, Mark joined the military and moved to California with Dana by his side. Mark was a personnel clerk who worked out of a battalion level office in California. After leaving the service, Mark worked several jobs in the sales industry before settling in Arkansas in 2000 with a job at a telecommunications company as a regional sales manager. Years later, Mark and Dana started their first business, ColdBlast of Arkansas, LLC, an eco-friendly service prep company that did dry ice blasting.
While Mark went out into the workforce Dana stayed home to take care of and homeschool their four children...

Bakery Café Is First In Greenville, Sixth In North Carolina »

March 27, 2015 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Latest to Open as Part of 18-Store Agreement with Rouse Properties
March 27, 2015 // // Greenville, North Carolina - It’s a childhood staple that’s as American as apple pie, and its mouthwatering aroma has an uncanny way of triggering memories instilled by generations of mothers and grandmothers who know what it means to bake with love.
Fortunately, children of all ages can soon relive their warm memories of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven at the Greenville Mall, thanks to the arrival of a new Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip. The popular bakery café chain will host its official grand opening on Wednesday, March 25.
The celebration will take place from 3 to 5 p...

CPR Cell Phone Repair Opens A Mobile Device Repair Store On Knoxville’s University Of Tennessee Campus »

March 27, 2015 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: CPR Cell Phone Repair

Independence, OH - March 27, 2015 - ( - CPR Cell Phone Repair, the largest and fastest growing retail mobile device repair franchise network in North America, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store located on Knoxville’s University of Tennessee campus. Dewayne Holloway is enthusiastically welcomed to CPR’s rapidly expanding network with the opening of his new franchise repair store.
Holloway said, “My background includes extensive experience working with a variety of telecomm carriers and WiFi providers with skills ranging from the implementation of CAD software to mobile mapping and network security. After a 30 year career in the IT arena, I am really excited about my new venture as a CPR franchise owner...

9Round Opens First Gym In Australia »

March 27, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: 9Round

Plans More Than 100 Additional Locations Over Next Five Years
March 27, 2015 // // GREENVILLE, SC – Add 9Round to the list of world-class fitness chains looking to capitalize on Australia’s booming fitness sector. The world’s fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise recently opened its first club Down Under.
Located in Forest Lake, Queensland, the new club is the first of more than 100 that 9Round plans to open throughout Australia – including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast Region – over the next five years. A second location is slated to open in Brisbane sometime in June.
“The fitness industry in Australia has expanded significantly over the past few years, with several fitness chains securing a key market foothold across the country,” said 9Round co-founder and CEO Shannon Hudson, who is also the reigning IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World...

IHG Signs New Crowne Plaza® Hotel In Midtown New York City »

March 26, 2015 at 11:34AM PDT | Source: Crowne Plaza

West 36th Street Hotel is IHG’s Newest Addition to Manhattan’s Popular Garment District
March 26, 2015 // // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the signing of a 251-room Crowne Plaza® hotel in the heart of New York City. The new development aligns with IHG’s strategy to grow the Crowne Plaza brand by further strengthening its presence in top-tier business epicenters and priority markets across the Americas. The property is scheduled to open in 2017, and IHG will manage on behalf of the owner, LRR Holdings, LLC.
Lance Steinberg and Frank Chan are the majority shareholders of LRR Holdings, LLC. They also own two EVEN® Hotel properties – IHG’s new wellness-focused brand – that are currently under construction in New York with the first to open this year on 35th Street...

Sixth Russo’s New York Pizzeria Franchise Coming To UAE »

March 26, 2015 at 11:20AM PDT | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

UAE’s Prime Hospitality to Continue Brand’s Middle East Franchise Growth
March 26, 2015 // // HOUSTON – On the heels of its fifth signed agreement to bring Russo’s New York Pizzeria to the United Arab Emirates, the well-known, Houston-based Italian restaurant and brand is now announcing its sixth signed franchise agreement with the well-established UAE restaurant developer and operator, Prime Hospitality. The new 1,774-square-foot restaurant is slated to open this summer at the Panaroma development in the mixed residential, leisure and retail space, The Greens, in Dubai.
“We are bridging the New York pizzeria gap in the UAE. With our handcrafted recipes, old-world charm and warm hospitality, there is nothing quite like Russo’s in the market currently...

Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar Now Open At The University Of Arizona »

March 26, 2015 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Smoothie Factory

Made-to-order smoothie & fresh cold-squeezed juice chain to serve healthy eating options featuring Red Mango® Frozen Yogurt
March 26, 2015 // // DALLAS – Smoothie Factory Juice Bar, a leading retailer of real fruit smoothies, fresh cold-squeezed juices, and nutritional products, is now open near the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. This new location is part of a 7-store multi-unit development agreement with franchisee John Wilfert, of JW Health and Fitness LLC.
The store at 1031 N. Park Ave., Suite C, debuts an elevated store design for the chain, featuring more space and an expanded menu. This Smoothie Factory will serve the chain’s signature healthful smoothies and nutritional supplements in addition to a popular line of fresh cold-squeezed juices, light flatbread sandwiches and salads, and award-winning Red Mango® frozen yogurt in a variety of rotating flavors with a toppings bar...

Hurricane Grill & Wings® Opens New Restaurant In Orlando »

March 26, 2015 at 8:53AM PDT | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings Opportunities Available

Award-Winning Wing Restaurant Opens 43rd Florida Location
March 26, 2015 // // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, an island-inspired full-service restaurant franchise is continuing its home state expansion with its second Orlando-area location in the Lake Buena Vista neighborhood.
Hurricane Grill & Wings brings its relaxing, laid-back vibe to an area frequented by guests from all over the world who come to visit Orlando’s iconic theme parks. The restaurant is sure to become a popular dining destination among locals and visitors alike with its mouthwatering menu options and entertaining atmosphere. The restaurant features a dining room that seats 191 people in addition to an outdoor patio that seats up to 45 people...

BrightStar Care Generates Interest In Master Franchisees Globally »

March 26, 2015 at 8:39AM PDT | Source: BrightStar Care

In-home Care Franchisor Sees Success in its International Expansion Efforts to Answer the Demand of Aging Seniors
CHICAGO - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The number of people 65 years of age and older worldwide will double by 2050 and these people want to remain independent in the comfort of their own homes. BrightStar Care, a private duty home care and medical staffing franchise with more than 260 locations in the United States, is primed to fill the international demand for expert, high-quality in-home care. The home care franchise is already seeing success in China, Mexico, Australia, and within the Middle East. They are now planning expansion into Canada and the United Kingdom via Area Developer or Master Franchisees.
“We are off to a great start with our international expansion endeavors,” said Shelly Sun, CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care...

AlignLife Of Peoria Hosts Grand ReOpening March 26th »

March 26, 2015 at 6:59AM PDT | Source: AlignLife

Dr. Andrea Forget-Schnowske recently purchased the Sheridan Rd clinic and is hosting a Grand ReOpening to invite the public in to see the clinic and build community awareness.
Peoria, Il (PRWEB) March 26, 2015 - As part of a national wellness franchise, AlignLife brings an integrated offering of chiropractic, rehabilitation and nutritional consulting for all ages to address numerous health conditions. The success behind AlignLife is based on the expertise and compassion of the doctors serving the local communities. AlignLife chiropractors must pass a rigorous evaluation process and an extensive training system in order to join the AlignLife team. Patients can be rest-assured that if they are seeing an AlignLife doctor, they are seeing an expert in the field of natural healthcare...

Uncle Maddio’s Signs Largest Multi-Unit Deal To Date »

March 26, 2015 at 6:49AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

JUMP Restaurant Management, subsidiary of Jubilee Restaurant Group, To open 13 units in Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana
March 26, 2015 // // ATLANTA – Fast-casual pizza pioneer Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint announced today the signing of its largest franchise deal to date. JUMP Restaurant Management, a subsidiary of Jubilee Restaurant Group, will develop 13 Uncle Maddio’s across the Mid-South. Communities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, La.; Greater Memphis, Tenn. and Southaven and Olive Branch, Miss. will soon be able to enjoy Uncle Maddio’s premium, customized pizza experience.
“We researched the fast-casual pizza segment for two-and-a-half years before choosing Uncle Maddio’s,” said Seth Hargett, founder and president of Jubilee Restaurant Group...

Tony Roma’s Announces Plan To Expand Presence In Australia »

March 26, 2015 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: Tony Roma's

New Development Agreement will bring the Iconic Restaurant brand to Sydney & Melbourne
Orlando, Fla (PRWEB) March 26, 2015 - Romacorp, Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s and TR Fire Grill, announces the signing of a new development agreement with Three Home Runs Pty. Ltd. to build an additional three Tony Roma’s restaurants in Australia. There is currently one Tony Roma’s in Perth, Australia, owned and operated by franchise partners Harry Djakaria and Denning Chong.
“We are excited about this new agreement as it allows us to grow our Tony Roma’s brand in key markets throughout Australia, where we know guests will fall in love with our world-famous ribs and signature food and beverages,” said Ken Myres, President of Romacorp, Inc...

Hyatt Announces Plans For Andaz Palm Springs »

March 26, 2015 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Andaz Palm Springs to open in 2016
CHICAGO - March 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management contract with Rael Development Corporation for an Andaz hotel in Palm Springs, Calif. The hotel will join Andaz hotels currently located in top resort destinations including Wailea (Maui), Napa (Calif.), and Peninsula Papagayo (Costa Rica), as well as other world-class cities such as London, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Andaz Palm Springs is expected to open in late 2016.
Andaz Palm Springs will bring to life the brand’s mission of creating inspiring, indigenous experiences and immersing guests into the destination’s local culture...

Veteran Achieves Dream Of Owning A Restaurant With New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit »

March 26, 2015 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

March 26, 2015 // // Brandywine, MD - On Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m., the US Air Force Veteran, Brian Patnett, will open Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Brandywine. To celebrate, Patnett is hosting a three-day grand opening celebration that will include giving away free barbecue for a year.
“Our veteran owner operators have a proven success rate,” said Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue. “It’s exciting to see owner operators who served our country now getting the opportunity to own their own business.”
Friday, the party kicks off when the first 50 guests receive gift cards worth up to $50. The party continues on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. when radio station Hot 99.5 will be onsite and one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card and three winners will receive free barbecue for a year...

CPR Cell Phone Repair Opens A New Mobile Device Repair Franchise Store In Apex, NC. »

March 26, 2015 at 4:38AM PDT | Source: CPR Cell Phone Repair

CPR Cell Phone Repair, the largest and fastest growing retail mobile device repair franchise network in North America, opens a new franchise store in North Carolina's Research Triangle.
Independence, OH - March 26, 2015 - ( - CPR Cell Phone Repair, the largest and fastest growing retail mobile device repair franchise network in North America, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store located in Apex, NC. Timothy Deese is warmly welcomed to CPR’s rapidly expanding network with the opening of his new franchise store.
Deese said, “After a 30 year career in sales and management in the distribution business, I am delighted to be joining the CPR network and opening my new franchise store in Apex. My family and I have lived in the area for the past 7 years and I look forward to providing a valuable service to the community with CPR’s world class repair and customer service...

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