• Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill announces Michigan expansion

Ypsilanti, Mich.-based Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill expects to open two new locations this year in South Lyon and Grand Blanc, Mich. This announcement comes shortly after the completion of a $1.2 million renovation of the brand's Marquette, Mich., restaurant, and puts it on pace to have eight units operating by the end of this year.

Company CEO Bill French said in a news release that he expects each restaurant to employ approximately 60 people, including both full- and part-time positions.

According to dbusiness.com, Aubree's is now the 18th largest sit-down restaurant franchise in Michigan.

"We attribute our growth to three factors — friendly and attentive service, being active in the community and of course, the food," said Andrew French, president. "If you look at most business models for pizzerias, the majority of operators primarily focus on delivery and carry out. We saw an opportunity to complement our signature pizzas with high quality burgers and a more expansive menu, while focusing on creating a family-friendly atmosphere. That's what makes Aubree's different from the rest of the pack and why we've been so well received within the communities we chose to make our home."

Both of the new locations feature a franchisee that will be opening their second location. The chain hopes to add one more restaurant later this year and plans to keep growing throughout Michigan into 2015.

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