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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.

Former NFL Player Sidney Rice Opens New Wingstop Location In Renton »

September 19, 2014 at 11:09AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
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The Wing Experts now saucing and tossing in Renton, Wash. at 804 N. Landing Way, Ste. A.
September 19, 2014 // // DALLAS – Wingstop has landed a new location in the Seattle area with Sidney Rice, former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, taking the reins. The award-winning wing concept, with more than 670 locations, recently opened its newest restaurant at 804 N. Landing Way, Ste. A.
This location will host a Take 5 event and Wing Eating Contest on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 12 to 6 p.m. Every Guest will receive five free wings and may even spot a local NFL player or two.
This is the sixth location for "The Wing Experts" in the state of Washington, and will operate under the leadership of District Manager, Gregory Southern II...

France Welcomes Its First Hotel Indigo® To Paris’ Operatic Heart »

September 19, 2014 at 8:03AM PDT | Source: Hotel Indigo

September 19, 2014 // // InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's leading hotel companies, announces the debut of its boutique brand, Hotel Indigo®, in France, with the opening of Hotel Indigo® Paris – Opera at the heart of the capital's entertainment district. The new hotel marks a milestone for the brand as the 60th Hotel Indigo hotel globally, opening in the brand's 10th anniversary year.
The 57-room Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera is set in the elegant Opera quartier of Paris. Encircled by the most prestigious theatres, music halls and opera houses in France – as well as lesser-known but equally enthralling venues – the area was shaped by Haussmann and is best known for its ornate opera house: The Palais Garnier, which provided the inspiration for Gaston Leroux's world famous 'Phantom of the Opera'...

Edo Japan Opens The Doors To 30th Calgary Restaurant »

September 19, 2014 at 6:38AM PDT | Source: Edo Japan

Popular Teppanyaki-Style Restaurant Poised for Continued Growth throughout Western Canada
September 19, 2014 // // Calgary, Alberta - Edo Japan opened the doors to its 30th Calgary restaurant, situated on the 36th Street N.E. Marlborough Mall pad site, today at 10 a.m.
Known for its signature dishes', including Sukiyaki Beef and Teriyaki Chicken, Edo Japan is dedicated to serving customers fresh, healthy meals made with simply better ingredients. The popular fast-casual restaurant serves more than eight million meals annually and the new location will mark the 76th restaurant in Alberta, totaling 108 locations across Canada.
The new restaurant is especially momentous for franchisee Geoffrey Nguyen who began his career with Edo Japan over 20 years ago...

Jersey Mike's Opens First Westlake Location »

September 19, 2014 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
September 19, 2014 // // Westlake, OH - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Westlake on September 10. Franchise owners Sean Getty and John Lescher held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, September 10 to Sunday, September 14 to support Westlake Pay-to-Participate Scholarships.
The new restaurant, located at 30680 Detroit Road, circulated 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Westlake Pay-to-Participate Scholarships.
"We're excited to bring Jersey Mike's to Westlake," said Lescher. "Every Jersey Mike's grand opening is a chance to support the community through a five day fundraiser and this time we've partnered up with Westlake Pay-to-Participate Scholarships...

Wheel Fun Rentals To Open New Bike And Specialty Cycle Rental Location At Holiday Inn Express In Port Hueneme »

September 19, 2014 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

Oxnard, CA - September 19, 2014 - ( - Wheel Fun Rentals is opening a new location at the Holiday Inn Express, located right in the heart of Port Hueneme in Oxnard. Wheel Fun Rentals offers guests the opportunity to rediscover the joys of having some old-fashioned outdoor fun, providing activities and rental equipment for people of all ages and skill levels. Doors officially open at this brand new location on Friday, September 19th.
"Over the course of our nearly 30 years of experience, we have learned that in today's fast-paced world, people still want the simple pleasures of a day at the beach and having fun together," said Al Stonehouse, President and CEO of Wheel Fun Rentals. "We offer a way for customers to get outside, turn off the electronics, leave the car behind, and spend time together having fun and experiencing their surroundings...

Johnny Rockets Brings Food And Fun To New Extension At Stetson University »

September 19, 2014 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Johnny Rockets

September 19, 2014 // // Johnny Rockets, the iconic modern Americana restaurant with more than 300 locations around the world, introduces its cravable burgers and world-famous, hand-dipped shakes to the campus of Stetson University in Deland, Fla.
Operated by Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services, an organization that provides campus dining services to more than 260 colleges and universities across the United States, Johnny Rockets was selected as the university's latest foodservice offering based on the brand's commitment to using the freshest, highest quality ingredients and exceptional service. Open in the heart of campus, inside the Hat Rack, Johnny Rockets' new campus location serves as the hub for students, faculty and staff seeking convenience, all-American fare and a unique dining experience...

New Coralville Winestyles Tasting Station To Hold Ribbon Cutting Sept. 22 »

September 18, 2014 at 11:09AM PDT | Source: WineStyles Inc.

Retailer Features Weeklong Promotions and Events to Celebrate New Location with Community
September 18, 2014 // // Coralville, Iowa - WineStyles Tasting Station®, a newly re-branded boutique concept dedicated to simplifying the wine and craft beer shopping experience, is celebrating the grand opening of its first boutique in Coralville, Iowa located in Iowa River Landing at 920 E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 115. The store will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. for the community and will offer special pricing on a selection of its wines by the glass, draws, pizzettes and cheese plates.
To further celebrate the new WineStyles Tasting Station in Coralville, the boutique will offer special promotions and events all week long:

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Jersey Mike's Opens First Tucson Location »

September 18, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
September 18, 2014 // // Tucson, AZ - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Tucson on September 10. Franchise owners and siblings Bob and Rosey Gregory held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, September 10 to Sunday, September 14 to support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson.
The new restaurant, located at 3400 East Speedway Boulevard, Suite 124, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson.
"My sister Rosey and I are honored to be a part of the Jersey Mike's family and for the opportunity to bring Jersey Mike's to the Tucson area," said Gregory...

Family Financial Centers Opens Second Texas Location »

September 18, 2014 at 10:32AM PDT | Source: Family Financial Centers
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Family Financial Centers Announces Additional Texas Location
Doylestown, PA (Business Wire) – September 15, 2014 - Family Financial Centers, LLC, is pleased to announce its latest location in Lewisville, TX. The Lewisville location is the second Family Financial Centers in the state of Texas, the other location is in San Antonio. This is a new venture for owner Greg Teller. Paul W. Eckert, founder and CEO of Family Financial Centers remarked "Greg is a fantastic addition to the Family Financial Centers Family. His background in the financial realm along with his tenacity and work ethic will lend itself well to the success of his new store." The Lewisville location can be found at 788 S. Mill Street, Suite #300, Lewisville, TX 75057 and the store phone number is (972) 219-5484...

Two DQ Grill & Chill® Restaurants Open In Mobile »

September 18, 2014 at 10:26AM PDT | Source: DQ Grill & Chill

New restaurants serve up Dairy Queen® iconic soft-serve treats, flavorful foods and Orange Julius® offerings.
September 18, 2014 // // MOBILE, Ala. – The Dairy Queen® system is pleased to announce the opening of two DQ Grill & Chill® restaurants in Mobile, the first located at 106 South University Blvd., across from the University of South Alabama, and the second at 1354 Government Street. These locations are the newest Dairy Queen restaurants in a family of more than 6,300 restaurants world-wide committed to offering every fan a place where they can relax and share a great meal and one-of-a-kind soft serve treats.
The 3,000 square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurants each can seat 74 guests inside, 16 outside and also offer a convenient drive-thru window...

Jersey Mike's Opens First O'Fallon Location »

September 18, 2014 at 10:22AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
September 18, 2014 // // O'Fallon, MO - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in O'Fallon on September 10. Franchise owners Tammy and Daniel Nolan held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, September 10 to Sunday, September 14 to support Ft. Zumwalt West High School Grad Night.
The new restaurant, located at 2508 Highway K, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Ft. Zumwalt West High School Grad Night.
"We're so excited to open our first Jersey Mike's location in O'Fallon," said Tammy Nolan. "I was searching for a new business opportunity when I happened to have lunch at Jersey Mike's in Chesterfield for the first time...

Intelligent Office Announces New Location In Boise, Idaho »

September 18, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT | Source: Intelligent Office, The

Boise, Idaho (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 - Intelligent Office, a virtual office facility providing administrative and staffing services for mobile executives, small businesses, professional services firms, and independent contractors, has announced it has signed a lease on a new location in Boise, Idaho.
The opening of a location in Boise means that the entrepreneurial ecosystem and professional community can tap into dedicated administrative services and staffing resources that allow for flexibility and mobility, giving people the ability to easily conduct business anytime, anywhere.
"With a focus on fostering entrepreneurialism in Boise from organizations like Startup Boise, the Idaho Technology Council and Boise State's Venture College, this is the ideal location for services and resources that were created to support entrepreneurs and professionals," said Roy Eiguren, Co-Owner of Intelligent Office Boise...

Project Pie To Bring A New Pizza Experience To New Jersey »

September 18, 2014 at 9:16AM PDT | Source: Project Pie

Fast-Casual Pizza Franchise Inks Deal for Nine New Restaurants throughout State
CARLSBAD, Calif. - September 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Soon, when Jersey residents are in the mood for a pizza quickie, they’ll have Project Pie to satisfy them. Known for everyday artisan pizza custom-built by you, Project Pie, will launch the build-your-own-pizza experience across New Jersey through a franchise deal that is set to bring a total of nine new restaurants to the state.
The new restaurants will be owned and operated by local company The Belvedere Group, which plans to open the first Project Pie location in Northern New Jersey by early 2015.
Project Pie has perfected the pizza quickie – every custom-built pizza is cooked in two minutes in a high-temperature, stone-hearth oven and served to the guests in less than five minutes from the time of their order...

Novus Glass Welcomes New Franchisee Alex Schafer To The San Antonio, Texas Area »

September 18, 2014 at 8:47AM PDT | Source: NOVUS Glass

September 18, 2014 // // NOVUS Glass, the inventor of windshield repair, is proud to welcome new franchisee, Alex Schafer. Alex will be bringing the high standards of NOVUS quality service to the entire San Antonio, TX market. NOVUS has always been a family affair for the Schafers. Alex started working in his Dad’s Colorado Springs NOVUS franchise back in the late 1980's. It was the perfect job for Alex. He got to spend time with his family and had the opportunity learn a trade he has held on to for over two decades. Over time Alex’s Dad sold their NOVUS business and Alex moved on to new jobs and careers. But Alex always had this desire to go back to his roots and start a family business of his own. “I’ve known for a sometime that if I really want to provide the opportunity for my family that I think they deserve and build something lasting, I needed to start my own business,” said Alex...

Jersey Mike's Opens First Menifee Location »

September 18, 2014 at 8:45AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
September 18, 2014 // // Menifee, CA - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Menifee on September 3. Franchise owners Boris and Laurie Ilic held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, September 3 to Sunday, September 7 to support Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary School.
The new restaurant, located at 27774 Newport Road, circulated 7,000 coupons throughout the community. The coupons will offer "buy one regular sub, get one regular sub free" with a $2 contribution to Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary School.
"As we continue to grow the Jersey Mike's brand in this region, we have the wonderful opportunity to increase awareness for local organizations and charities," said Laurie Ilic...

SONIC's 2014 Troy Smith Hall Of Fame Award Presented To Entrepreneurial Franchisee »

September 18, 2014 at 8:13AM PDT | Source: Sonic Drive-In

Buddy McClain of MVP Sonics takes home SONIC's most prestigious award
OKLAHOMA CITY - September 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, presented the Troy Smith Hall of Fame Award to respected franchisee Buddy McClain, chief executive officer of MVP Sonics at the 2014 SONIC National Convention last week in New Orleans. Named after SONIC's founder, the Troy Smith Award is SONIC's most prestigious award given to a franchisee that has worked with SONIC for a noteworthy duration and has made a significant contribution in terms of leadership, growth, positive influence and brand image.
"Buddy has been a franchisee for more than 37 years, and exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Troy Smith, in all that he does," said Clifford Hudson, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Sonic Corp...

Wingstop Lands First Location In Sherman, Texas »

September 18, 2014 at 8:09AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
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The Wing Experts Now Saucing and Tossing Along Highway 75
September 18, 2014 // // DALLAS  – Wingstop has landed its first location in Sherman, Texas. The award-winning wing concept, with more than 670 locations, recently opened its newest restaurant at 4001 N. U.S. Hwy. 75 in Sherman.
The restaurant will operate under the leadership of Brand Partner Machiea Worthen.
"We are very excited to have Wingstop land in the city of Sherman," Worthen said. "We invite fans from the Sherman community and surrounding area to stop in with family and friends and enjoy Wingstop's distinct and bold flavors."
With a sole focus on cooked-to-order chicken, the Wingstop menu features traditional and boneless wings as well as strips all sauced and tossed in 11 original flavors including fan favorites Lemon Pepper, Garlic Parmesan and Original Hot...

Westin Hotels To Expand Portfolio On Florida’s Gulf Coast With New Hotel In Sarasota »

September 18, 2014 at 7:03AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

The Westin Sarasota Slated to Debut in 2016 at the Heart of the City's Arts District, Near Restaurants, Boutiques and Beaches
STAMFORD, Conn. - September 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it has broken ground on its first Westin hotel in Sarasota, Florida. Developed by Kolter Hospitality LLC, The Westin Sarasota will open in the summer of 2016 as part of a brand-new development in Sarasota's vibrant arts district, featuring 255 spacious rooms and spectacular waterfront views.
"This new Westin hotel will inspire well-being in Sarasota, the cultural center of southwest Florida, within close proximity of the city's best theater, arts and beaches," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin & Le Méridien Hotels...

ICare – Intelligent Home Care Solutions Announces Nationwide Expansion Through New Franchising Initiative »

September 18, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: iCare Intelligent Home Care Solutions

Noted Entrepreneur with Proven Reputation To Launch Home Care Company
September 18, 2014 // // POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Bill Redfern is at it again. The serial entrepreneur that has built a reputation for driving the growth of a noted franchise concept has set his sights on iCare – Intelligent Home Care Solutions, an in-home care franchise that provides intelligent home care solutions to seniors. Additionally, iCare is uniquely qualified to provide in-home assistance for anyone in need of short term or long term help.
"With the senior population growing year after year, the need for in-home care has never been greater. Home care assists seniors with staying comfortably in their own home, provides assistance and companionship, and helps relieve family from worrying if their loved ones are okay," said Redfern...

Shipley Do-Nuts Announces Grand Opening In Houston »

September 18, 2014 at 4:38AM PDT | Source: Shipley Do-Nuts

HOUSTON - Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Shipley Do-Nuts is celebrating the grand opening of its 126th Houston area store in Sienna Plantation, located at 9011 Highway 6 South, Missouri City, Texas 77459 on Saturday, September 27th, 2014.
Along with other prizes and gifts, the store will offer a free glazed donut to each guest from 8am to 11am (no purchase required). There will also be a special appearance from "Glaze", the donut shaped company mascot. "The grand opening event will be well attended and a lot of fun," says franchise owner, Mr. Phalyn Pao. "I'm excited to introduce our wonderful do-nuts and kolaches to the Sienna Plantation community. Our hot glazed donuts are definitely hard to beat." The Sienna Plantation location will be open Sunday through Saturday from 5am to 8pm, with drive thru service...

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