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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.

Nestlé® Toll House® Café By Chip Begins Baking With Love At Westfield South Shore »

April 27, 2015 at 10:45AM PDT | Source: Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Bakery café is first on Long Island; doors opened yesterday.
April 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // BAY SHORE, NY – 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 now relive their warm memories of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven at the Westfield South Shore shopping mall in Bay Shore, thanks to the arrival of a new Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip. The popular bakery café chain opened there on Sunday, April 26.
Franchisee Bill Ozler has been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to serve up smiles to bustling shoppers with the café's freshly baked treats, delicious specialty coffees and savory meal offerings...

Hungry Howie’s Pizza Expands Its Louisiana Presence »

April 27, 2015 at 10:37AM PDT | Source: Hungry Howie's Pizza
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National Pizza Chain Opens Location in Gretna
April 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // MADISON HEIGHTS, MI – Hungry Howie’s Pizza is continuing its expansion in Louisiana, opening its newest location in Gretna on Wednesday, April 29th. Franchisee, Ray Williams Jr., continues his expansion across the state with this being his sixth location and first in the Westbank area. Local residents will now be able to enjoy the brand’s eight flavored crust options, including Cajun, sesame, butter, butter cheese, garlic herb, ranch, onion and Asiago cheese. The Gretna location will offer three medium, one-topping pizzas for just $15.
With more than 20 years in the pizza industry, Ray Williams perceives the growth of Hungry Howie’s Pizza as a natural progression and plans to open another two to three locations within the state by the end of the year...

New Menchie’s Store In Hancock Center Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

April 27, 2015 at 9:55AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
April 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // AUSTIN, Tex. – Menchie’s, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Austin, Texas at 1000 E. 41st Street, Suite 255, Austin, TX 78751. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie’s is sure to become an Austin favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie’s will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, May 2 to Friday, May 8 packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie’s merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
“Having been a preschool teacher for years, I have always loved being around children and Menchie’s was another opportunity for me to continue to bring joy to my community and especially families,” said franchisee, Gabriela Pohl...

Hilton Worldwide Brings Boulders Resort & Spa To Curio – A Collection By Hilton »

April 27, 2015 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Curated Collection Adds Iconic Arizona Property to Expanding Portfolio
April 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide today announced Boulders Resort & Spa has joined the Curio – A Collection by Hilton portfolio. Curio is a global brand of distinctive upper upscale and luxury hotels, hand-picked for travelers who seek local discovery and authentic experiences.
“We’re thrilled to welcome such an iconic property to the expanding Curio portfolio,” said Bill Fortier, senior vice president, development - Americas, Hilton Worldwide. “Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton will add an additional layer of prestige to the collection as the brand continues to take shape and define itself in 2015...

Third Holiday Inn Express Under IHG And Pro Invest Partnership To Open In Adelaide »

April 27, 2015 at 7:06AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

April 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and international investment company Pro Invest Group have signed a franchise agreement for a 245-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Adelaide’s Central Business District (CBD).
The hotel is the third to be signed under the master development agreement between IHG and Pro Invest, which will see the investment company develop 15 Holiday Inn Express hotels across Australia by 2025. The first two hotels will open in Sydney's Macquarie Park, North Ryde in the first quarter of 2016, and Brisbane's Spring Hill in the third quarter of 2016.
The new build hotel will be situated on the city's thriving Hindley Street, in close proximity to North Terrace, the Adelaide Convention Centre and the upcoming Royal Adelaide Hospital...

The Chickery Opening Second Downtown Toronto Location »

April 27, 2015 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: The Chickery

David Adjey’s The Chickery Signs Multi-Unit Non-Traditional Franchise
April 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Toronto, Canada - The Chickery, founded in 2012 by celebrity chef David Adjey of Food Network fame, has inked a deal to open five units in non-traditional units across Toronto, the first of which will open in Mt. Sinai Hospital’s new food court project, currently under renovation. Mt. Sinai is one of Toronto’s busiest hospitals, and RioCan, which serves as both an investor and the landlord for the new Food Hall, called the project “an important element to the conveniences offered to patients, families and staff.” The Food Hall is being built with the intention of also drawing a non-patient lunch crowd from the many neighboring office buildings...

Three Sears Hometown Stores In Missouri Refresh Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
MARYVILLE, Mo. - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of three Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Missouri culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Brookfield, Cameron and Maryville. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our Missouri stores have a renewed dedication to customer service and offer their local communities a whole new shopping experience," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Missouri...

Long Island City Welcomes Its First Hilton Garden Inn »

April 24, 2015 at 8:35AM PDT | Source: Hilton Garden Inn

Views of the Manhattan Waterfront, access to businesses and cultural attractions bring extra appeal to the new upscale hotel.
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // LONG ISLAND CITY, NY and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, today announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View, representing an addition to the brand’s growing portfolio of more than 600 hotels worldwide.
Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View is owned by CVR Hotel LLC, and managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts, LLC. It is the brand's first property in Long Island City.
“We’re excited to provide guests the option to stay in Long Island City, a rapidly growing community only minutes away from Manhattan,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn...

Clarinda Sears Hometown Store Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebration to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
CLARINDA, Iowa - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of the Sears Hometown and Outlet Store in Clarinda culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at 1000 S. 8th Street. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our Clarinda store has a renewed dedication to customer service and offers its local community a whole new shopping experience," said Russ Eihausen, district manager of the Sears Hometown Stores in Iowa...

Choice Hotels Hiring Additional 80 Technology Jobs, Completes First Wave Of Phoenix IT Hiring Blitz »

April 24, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

IT operations headquarters hosting career fair in Phoenix, Arizona.
PHOENIX - April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has announced it is hiring another 80 technology positions to continue to build on recent technological successes. Choice will be holding a career fair and open house on April 29th from 4-7 p.m. MST at the company's Phoenix, Arizona office, where its IT operations are headquartered.
Choice has recently just completed its first wave of additional IT hires in the Phoenix office, adding 110 talented IT professionals onto the team to meet the demands of Choice's recent technological accomplishments.
The company was ranked as the top hotel company on Forbes' Most Innovative Growth Companies list last year, and has experienced several technological successes including a recent partnership with Ford to enable travelers to make hotel reservations "hands-free" while driving certain Ford vehicles...

13 Sears Hometown Stores In Texas Refresh Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 24, 2015 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebrations to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
CLEBURNE, Texas - April 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of 13 Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Texas culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at the locations in Azle, Cleburne, Corsicana, Early, Gatesville, Granbury, Mexia, Mineral Wells, Stephenville, Sweetwater, Temple, Waxahachie and Weatherford. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"Our local communities will love the new shopping experience at Sears Hometown Stores," said Dan Wishard, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Texas...

United® Real Estate Opens New Office In Asheville, NC »

April 24, 2015 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: United Real Estate

Independent Real Estate Agency Affiliates with United to Amplify Their Offering
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, MO. - United® Real Estate, a fast-growing real estate and franchise operation company, announces the addition of a new office serving Asheville, NC to its’ network of franchise offices, increasing the company’s presence within key real estate markets nationwide. After owning and operating French Broad River Realty, Debbie Leon recently announced her conversion to a United Real Estate franchise.
“The United model offers my agents so much more than I could offer them as an independent brokerage,” said Debbie Leon, Owner and Managing Broker. “I am always looking for ways to improve my agent offering – with 100-percent commission, an agent technology package and ongoing trainings, we can help more agents be successful and more clients to find their dream homes...

NY Bagel Cafe Brings Back The Old European Feel »

April 24, 2015 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: NY Bagel Cafe' & Deli

NY Bagel Cafe is proud to bring the old European feel to bagels, the way they once were. New locations of NY Bagel Cafe are now open in Doral and West Palm Beach Florida.
Rutherford, New Jersey (PRWEB) April 23, 2015 - It is incredibly difficult to imagine that the simple golden bagel we often times see today on the breakfast tables of many upper-class families in fact has its origins on the rather poor pre-war streets of Eastern Europe. As the Jewish immigrants were arriving to the U.S. on now famous trans-Atlantic boats, thus serving as perfect picture material to countless iconic Ellis Island photos, America was introduced to the new variety of the golden bagel (occasionally even the bagel & lox combo), which they would most aptly describe as the "taste of the old country...

Sears Hometown Store In Silver City Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 23, 2015 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebration to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
SILVER CITY, N.M., April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of the Sears Hometown and Outlet Store in Silver City culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at 1310 Silver Heights Blvd. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"The refresh has allowed us to give a much better representation of our brands and appliances by putting the focus on training our associates to be experts in all manufacturers," said John Andrews, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in New Mexico...

Pure Barre Celebrates 300th Studio Opening »

April 23, 2015 at 10:35AM PDT | Source: Pure Barre

North America's Leading Barre Concept Positioned for Further Expansion
April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Pure Barre, the largest and most established barre concept in North America, is pleased to announce the opening of its 300th location. The franchise has experienced consistent and unprecedented expansion throughout its history, showing a growth of more than 50 percent from 2013 to 2014 alone. Now with locations in 42 states, along with the District of Columbia, Pure Barre is forecasting steady growth and has plans to expand to Canada by year-end.
With three times the presence of any other barre concept, Pure Barre is the clear market leader in the barre sector and a dominant force in the growing boutique fitness industry...

Sears Hometown Store In Mesquite Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 23, 2015 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebration to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
MESQUITE, Nev. - April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of the Sears Hometown and Outlet Store in Mesquite, Nevada culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at 1085 Pioneer Blvd. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"The refresh has allowed us to give a much better representation of our brands and appliances by putting the focus on training our associates to be experts in all manufacturers," said John Andrews, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Nevada...

OpenWorks Expands Services To Provide Additional Maintenance And Repair Work »

April 23, 2015 at 8:10AM PDT | Source: OpenWorks

Nation’s Leading Integrated Facility Services Franchise to Provide Full Scale Cleaning and Maintenance Operations
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) April 23, 2015 OpenWorks, one of America’s leading integrated facility services franchises, has announced major additions to the line of services offered by the company to include work such as landscaping, electrical and plumbing. With these additional services, OpenWorks will now be able to greatly increase the amount of facility cleaning and maintenance solutions for their customers.
For more than 30 years, OpenWorks has provided customized cleaning solutions for a wide range of facilities and offices. As a leading integrated facility service franchise with 330 franchises in five states, the company has used an environmentally “clean green” program to provide businesses with a clean, safe work environment...

Victory Realty & Auction Inc. Affiliates With United Country Real Estate To Offer Unique Services »

April 23, 2015 at 6:26AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Susan Hansen, principal broker, and Dennis Peters, auctioneer, have recently opened a United Country Real Estate franchise in Lake View, Iowa. Located at 315 High Street, this new office will be called United Country – Victory Realty & Auction Inc.
"I'm excited to combine my real estate and marketing experience with the proven benefits of the United Country program," said Hansen. "I look forward to providing an outstanding, differentiated level of service to my clients through my partnership with United Country."
United Country – Victory Realty & Auction Inc., will offer United's unique marketing services that cover the country with a reach unmatched by any other real estate organization, including the No...

Pagosa Springs Sears Hometown Store Refreshes Appliance Retail Strategy »

April 23, 2015 at 5:55AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Grand Reopening Celebration to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More
PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. - April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding "America's Appliance Experts", the refresh of the Sears Hometown and Outlet Store in Pagosa Springs, Colorado culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 23-25, 2015 at 2800 Cornerstone Drive. The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.
"The refresh has allowed us to give a much better representation of our brands and appliances by putting the focus on training our associates to be experts in all manufacturers," said John Andrews, district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Colorado...

DoubleTree By Hilton Brand Launches In Santiago, Chile »

April 23, 2015 at 5:28AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Opening Marks First Full Service Hotel in Country for Hilton Worldwide
April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // SANTIAGO, Chile and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton today celebrated the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago – Vitacura, the first property in Chile for the brand and the first full-service Hilton Worldwide hotel brand in the country. Located in the heart of Santiago’s thriving Vitacura business district, the 226-room hotel offers the ideal destination for travelers seeking a central location in the city. DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago – Vitacura is owned by and operated by Inmobiliaria Encomenderos.
“The tremendous growth of Santiago, combined with the city’s rich culture, makes it a prime location for our brand’s entry into Chile,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton...



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