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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.

The Arthurs Bring Painting Experience, Customer Service To Fresh Coat Franchise »

April 16, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Buda, TX (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - While in Bloomington, Indiana, Kenny Arthur started a painting business – a business that was successful through his college days and after. But when his wife Tonya got a job offer in Texas, the two decided to give up the business and move to South Austin.
Now the family is excited to be opening their new painting business – Fresh Coat of South Austin.
"When we moved here, Kenny joined corporate America with me as an account manager in sales and marketing. He's always been drawn to working for himself and it's a good fit for us, so we started looking to invest in a franchise. Fresh Coat was a perfect fit," Tonya said.
Fresh Coat's services include interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, wallpaper removal and many other services for nearly every protective coating application...

Slow Smoked Texas Barbecue Comes To San Marcos »

April 16, 2014 at 5:17AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Opens Newest California Location and Gives Away a $500 Gift Card
SAN MARCOS, Calif. - April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Dickey's Barbecue in San Marcosis opening on Thursday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m. The first 50 customers will receive a gift card for up to $50. To check out all information on the new Dickey's Barbecue Pit visit them on Facebook.
"San Marcos is a beautiful community filled with wonderful people - we're super excited to be opening this week," said local franchise owner Todd Morely. "Dickey's Barbecue Pit has exceptional food, great family values and a fun, feel good atmosphere."
Friday, radio station KSON FM will be onsite from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and this location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches...

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement For Minnesota »

April 16, 2014 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness

Twin Cities will have Popular Cool Treat Stores Scooping "Ice, Custard, Happiness" Soon with first in Eagan in Early May
April 16, 2014 // // TREVOSE, PA - Rita's Italian Ice®, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 stores, now in 24 states, has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Minnesota to franchisees and area residents, Adam and Angela Ailloni. With wonderful family memories of enjoying Rita's delicious products during trips to the East Coast with their two boys, the Ailloni's decided to bring Rita's "Ice, Custard, Happiness" and "Cool Treats" to the Greater Minneapolis St. Paul area, with the intent of creating a destination for building family traditions that celebrate life and building everlasting memories...

New Owners Of Portage Sears Outlet Store »

April 16, 2014 at 4:15AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17-20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
PORTAGE, Ind. - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located at 6169 US Route 6 in Portage, Ind. has new owners - Mike, Rick and Dan Gilbert. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Portage welcomes the local community to stop by April 17-20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
In addition to the Portage Sears Outlet Store, the Gilbert brothers own and operate six Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores and six Sears Home Appliance Showrooms.
"The Portage community has been very welcoming, so we wanted to host this celebration to thank them for their continued support," Mike said...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Sets Up Shop In Coney Island »

April 16, 2014 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

The fruit smoothie retailer opens its newest location at Luna Park, a New York amusement park in historic Coney Island.
Greenwood Village, CO (PRWEB) April 16, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the popular fresh fruit smoothie and Hawaiian coffee company, announced the opening of its newest location at Luna Park in Coney Island. The seasonal tiki hut opened this week to greet the visitors that waited anxiously for the amusement park fun to begin.
The famous New York City attraction and home to The Cyclone, a historic Coney Island roller coaster, Luna Park is a perfect fit for the fun Hawaiian themed Maui Wowi concept. The company’s cool treats blend well with the outdoor, family friendly destination where franchise owner, Mitch York, is excited to draw in new customers...

New Sandler Training Owner Coaches Fortune 500 Companies »

April 15, 2014 at 11:02AM PDT | Source: Sandler Training
Sandler Training Opportunities Available

Former Banker Becomes His Own Boss
Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - After helping friends improve the revenue of their companies, Bob Min realized that he could build a career using his consulting skills.
"I felt I had the experience, education and knowledge to succeed," said Min.
He used a franchise consultant to find the perfect business and left a 23-year career in banking and lending to launch his new venture.
Sandler Training was a natural fit. His new franchise provides training and consulting for everything from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Their offerings include: Sales and sales management training; management and leadership training for business owners and senior executives; negotiations training; customer service training and coaching and mentoring...

PRO Martial Arts Continues Growth In The Chicago, IL Market »

April 15, 2014 at 10:47AM PDT | Source: PRO Martial Arts

April 15, 2014 // // PRO Martial Arts, the nation’s fastest growing Martial Arts concept, announces today that it has signed a development agreement with Tim and Leslie Edstrom to develop a single studio in the Chicago, IL market.
Tim comes to PRO Martial Arts with a background in Accounting, Employee Benefits and Sales, Amanda comes to us with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. As parents, Tim and Amanda were looking for a business that would impact their community in a positive way as well as one that would provided them with a flexible schedule and the ability to balance work and home life. They were excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact with youth and families of their community through the PMA Character development program...

Sun Tan City Opens New Salon In Shawnee, Kansas »

April 15, 2014 at 10:19AM PDT | Source: Sun Tan City

JB and Associates Opens 17th Location
Shawnee, KS - April 10, 2014 – JB and Associates, a Sun Tan City franchise based in Lincoln, Nebraska, is proud to announce their second Kansas location with the opening of their newest salon today in Shawnee. The salon, located at 12268 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee, KS, is the first in the city and joins four other Sun Tan City salons statewide.
"We're excited to be expanding our footprint further into Kansas," said Curt Bowen, Owner of the JB and Associates franchise. "We've had a great time getting to know our customers and neighbors in Manhattan and look forward to what the future brings us in Shawnee."
JB and Associates now operates a total of seventeen salons. In addition to the Shawnee location, the franchise operates a salon in Manhattan, Kansas and fifteen salons in Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa...

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Makes Its Debut In Mexico »

April 15, 2014 at 10:10AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
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April 15, 2014 // // LOS ANGELES - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-trampoline, walled playing court, has officially announced the grand opening of Sky Zone Mexico City. This is the indoor trampoline park's first venture in Mexico, expanding the brand's footprint to a total of four countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia.
Sky Zone currently has more than 55 opened locations, 90 additional parks under development and 35 which are projected to open by the end of 2014. Sky Zone Mexico City's wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and Ultimate Dodgeball, a high-flying dodgeball competition...

New Owner Of Medley Sears Outlet Store »

April 15, 2014 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Hosts Grand Re-Opening Celebration April 17 Through April 20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
MEDLEY, Fla. - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Store located at 8090 NW 77th Court in Medley, Fla. has a new owner, Ahmed El-Hawary. To celebrate its grand re-opening, the Sears Outlet Store of Medley welcomes the local community to stop by April 17 through April 20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Medley location is one of seven Sears Outlet Stores El-Hawary owns and operates.
"It's a great feeling to be a part of a company where I can offer the Medley community a wide variety of merchandise that they need and want at a tremendous value," El-Hawary said, noting that many of the brands the Medley Sears Outlet Store carries are typically found only in Sears stores...

Project Pie To Bring Pizza Quickie Experience To Indianapolis »

April 15, 2014 at 9:50AM PDT | Source: Project Pie

Fast-Casual Pizza Franchise Inks Deal for Five New Restaurants Throughout Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Soon, when Hoosiers are in the mood for a pizza quickie, they'll have five locations to satisfy them. Project Pie, known for everyday artisan pizza custom-built by you, will introduce the build-your-own-pizza experience across Indianapolis through a franchise deal that is set to bring a total of five new restaurants to the area over the next four years.
The new restaurants will be owned and operated by local entrepreneur Luke Angermeier and his two business partners. Together the group has 20 years combined experience operating and investing in successful, nationally recognized franchised restaurants...

BodyBrite Grows Franchises, Removes Hair In Canada »

April 15, 2014 at 9:07AM PDT | Source: BodyBrite
BodyBrite Opportunities Available

Successes Across Europe and the Americas Signal Additional Global Growth Opportunities; Brand Outlines Aggressive Canadian Franchise Growth Strategy
April 15, 2014 // // MINNEAPOLIS – BodyBrite, the internationally acclaimed beauty and style centers specializing in advanced hair removal, skin rejuvenation and teeth whitening treatments, today announced a robust Canadian franchise growth strategy.
Targeting attractive commercial retail districts throughout the country – keying in on the Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal markets – BodyBrite projects its first Canadian center opening in late-2014.
"For years, permanent body hair removal has been an expensive luxury," said Chris Hardy, CEO of BodyBrite, who first introduced the BodyBrite brand in North America (United States) in 2011...

Pancheros Expands Presence In New Jersey »

April 15, 2014 at 8:53AM PDT | Source: Pancheros Mexican Grill
Pancheros Mexican Grill Opportunities Available

April 15, 2014 // // CORALVILLE, IA – Pancheros Mexican Grill (, a fast casual Mexican restaurant famous for its creation of Bob the Tool, opens its newest New Jersey location in Bridgewater. In honor of the grand-opening, the location will be offering a $1 burrito promotion on April 22nd from 4-6pm.
From quesadillas to burrito bowls and salads, Pancheros' delicious options are all made with fresh vegetables and grilled meat. Committed to bringing the best taste to each guest, Pancheros enlists the help of a special friend, "Bob the Tool" a special plastic spatula used to mix ingredients to perfection. This special way of mixing mouthwatering ingredients ensures a delightful, uniform flavor in each and every bite...

New Owner Of Sears Outlet Stores In Corona And Ontario »

April 15, 2014 at 8:09AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailers Host Grand Re-Opening Celebrations April 17th Through the 20th With Discounts and Special Giveaways
LOS ANGELES - April 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Stores located at 492 N. Main St. in Corona and at 2401 Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. have a new owner, Tony Lutfi. To celebrate the grand re-opening of each location, both Stores welcome the local communities to stop by their respective locations from April 17th through the 20th and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Corona and Ontario locations are two of ten Sears Outlet Stores Lutfi and his team own and operate, in addition to 17 Sears Home Appliance Showrooms and three Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores...

Mosquito Shield Of Southern Jersey Readies For Second Season »

April 15, 2014 at 8:00AM PDT | Source: Mosquito Shield

Woolwich Township, NJ (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - Mosquito Shield of Southern New Jersey is now booking service appointments throughout the region for the 2014 season.
The Southern New Jersey residential mosquito spraying franchise enters its second year of operation, servicing customers in Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties. Woolwich Township, NJ residents Janice and Tim Fullmer established the local franchise last year.
"We know firsthand just how essential this service is for our area of South Jersey," said Tim Fullmer. "Our first season was a success and we have experienced exponential growth entering this second year."
The Fullmers bring over 50 years of marketing, customer service, business operations, and project management into their local franchise...

Chicken Salad Chick’s Second Montgomery Location One Week Away »

April 15, 2014 at 7:55AM PDT | Source: Chicken Salad Chick

Southern Fast-Casual Restaurant Concept to Open Additional Alabama Franchise
Montgomery, AL (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s newest, fast-casual restaurant concept, is scheduled to open its second franchise location in Montgomery on April 22, 2014. The new restaurant will be located in the Sturbridge Village at 7946 Vaughn Rd. Montgomery, AL 36116.
"We are so excited to add this new location to the growing Chicken Salad Chick community in Montgomery," said Kevin Brown, president of Chicken Salad Chick. "It is so encouraging that the current demand there has led to the opening of a second location."
Current owners Justin and Cassie Boyd of JustCass, LLC wanted to bring an additional restaurant to Montgomery after the success of their first opening there in October 2012...

New Zinga! Frozen Yogurt Store Opens In Seabrook »

April 15, 2014 at 6:37AM PDT | Source: Zinga Frozen Yogurt

Seabrook, NH (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - A new Zinga! Frozen Yogurt store opened in Seabrook, NH, this week.
The store is located at 380 Lafayette Road, Route 1, Seabrook. It is in a new development next to Market Basket and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The storeowner is New Englander Ann Domigan and store general manager is Chris Hartin who has more than 20 years restaurant experience and has managed the Zinga store in Rochester, NH.
The Seabrook store joins other area Zinga! stores in Saugus, Reading, North Andover and Peabody. Two more are set to open within weeks.
"Our opening is a great opportunity to remind people that Zinga non-fat frozen yogurt with toppings of fruit and nuts can satisfy their sweet tooth while also making nutritional sense," said Domigan, an avid runner...

Keller Williams Realty Announces Plans To Expand Into Middle East »

April 15, 2014 at 6:32AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

North America's largest real estate franchise partners with IFA Hotels & Resorts in Dubai.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 14, 2014 - Building on their success growing Keller Williams real estate offices in the United States and South Africa, a group of business leaders has announced plans to open a new Keller Williams region based in Dubai. The venture is being led by a team that includes Operating Principal Werner Burger, Regional Director Piaras Moriarty and CEO Zhann Jochinke.
"We're excited to bring the proven models and systems of Keller Williams to real estate agents and clients in Dubai," Burger said. "Keller Williams is the real estate industry's leader in training and technology and Dubai is one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic real estate markets in the world...

New Owner At Sears Outlet Stores In Tempe And Gilbert »

April 15, 2014 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailers Host Grand Re-Opening Celebrations April 17- 20 With Discounts and Special Giveaways
PHOENIX - April 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that the Sears Outlet Stores in Tempe and Gilbert, Ariz. have a new owner, Keith Edquist. To celebrate the grand re-openings, both stores welcome the local community to stop by April 17-20 and enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store*, plus special giveaways.
The Tempe and Gilbert locations are two of three Sears Outlet Stores Edquist owns and operates, in addition to seven Sears Home Appliance Showrooms.
"It's a great feeling to be able to offer the local community a wide variety of merchandise that they need and want at a tremendous value," Edquist said, noting that many of the brands his locations carry are exclusive to Sears stores...

Multi-Unit Krystal Operator Selects Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint For Jacksonville And Gainesville, FL »

April 15, 2014 at 5:46AM PDT | Source: Uncle Maddio's

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint Signing on Experienced Franchisees with New Unit Development in the Florida Panhandle
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 - With 20 years of experience operating multiple Krystal restaurant locations in north Florida, Kevin Gartner is expanding his franchise operation portfolio signing on to develop five Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint locations. Bringing the original, and fastest growing fast casual pizza to Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fla, the company plans to open its first Uncle Maddio's location in Jacksonville in late 2014.
"We looked into a number of fast casual restaurant franchises, and selected Uncle Maddio's because the team has perfected the create-your-own pizza concept," said Kevin Gartner, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint franchisee...

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