Project Pie plans New Jersey debut

Project Pie has signed a 9-unit franchise deal that will mark the brand’s debut in New Jersey. The new restaurants will be owned and operated by local company The Belvedere Group, which plans to open the first Project Pie location...

Pizza Hut announces African expansion plans

Pizza Hut Thursday announced the opening of its first restaurant in Africa with its Johannesburg, South Africa, opening. The company said the brand's entry into this market is part of its focus on emerging markets. "Africa is an emerging continent...

Blaze Pizza targets South Florida for continued expansion

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has been busy this week with new unit announcements, including in Southern California, New York/New Jersey and Tennessee. The company has also set its sights on a South Florida debut, and plans to open three locations in...

Hungry Howie’s expands North Carolina presence

Hungry Howie's Pizza continues its growth in North Carolina with the reopening of its second restaurant in Greensboro. According to a news release, this marks the Michigan-based chain's 15th location for brothers Mike, James and Steven Peterson as well as...

Pie Five opening new Tennessee, Florida locations

Pie Five Pizza Co. will open a new location in Daytona Beach, Florida, and another new location in Franklin, Tennessee, on Friday. The Daytona Beach location is the second for the company in Florida and is located near the Daytona International Speedway at 1388 W.

Marco’s Pizza expects to hit 1,000 stores by end of 2016

Marco's Pizza announced it is on pace to hit its goal of 1,000 stores by the end of 2016.

West Coast Franchise Expo coming to Anaheim

The International Franchise Association is sponsoring an expo for potential franchisees Oct. 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Senators introduce NLRB Reform Act on heels of McDonald's ruling

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander have introduced the National Labor Relations Board Act on the heels of the NLRB's decision ruling that McDonald's is culpable for wage theft accusations raised by its franchisee employees. In response,...

Blaze Pizza adding two locations in LA market

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced that it will open two more Los Angeles County locations, including Westfield's Topanga Mall and the University of Southern California.  These openings will put the concept at 11 locations in the Los Angeles area by early 2015.  The Canoga Park location is scheduled to open in October 2014.

Blaze Pizza announces a handful of new locations

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, today announced that it will soon be opening three new locations in the greater New York/New Jersey area. The company also announced it will open its 18th SoCal location Sept.

Fund established to encourage pro athletes into franchising

The Playbook Solutions Group Franchise Income Fund has been formed to help professional athletes get into franchising. The fund was founded by Steve Levenson and NFL veteran Leonard Marshall is a partner. "The franchise industry is continuing to flourish and...

Peter Piper Pizza announces nationwide franchising initiative

Arizona-based Peter Piper Pizza has announced a franchising initiative aimed at expanding the brand nationally into new markets. According to a news release, Peter Piper currently has 143 restaurants throughout the Southwest and Mexico, and 111 are franchised and 32...

Blaze Pizza sets its sights on Tennessee

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that it will make its debut in Tennessee in November with a new location in Knoxville. According to a news release, the 80-seat restaurant includes an outdoor patio and will be located at Town &...

Papa Murphy’s acquires nine Minneapolis stores for $3.4M

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. announced Friday it has acquired nine Papa Murphy's stores in Minneapolis for approximately $3.4 million. According to a news release, the company completed the acquisition of the locations from a single franchisee in mid-August, bringing the company-owned store count to 24 units in the Minneapolis market.

Fro-yo, burgers, pizza concepts' growth indicate high demand

According to Inc. Magazine's annual list of privately-held companies, fast casuals are still setting the pace for the restaurant industry.

Fresh Brothers Pizza part of LAX International's new lineup

The Los Angeles International Airport plans to open a handful of new restaurant concepts in one of its international terminals – Terminal 2. The OC Register reported the news this week and said the influx of eateries will double LAX's current offerings in that terminal. Airport officials announced some of the 12 concepts on Wednesday.

Quiznos, CiCi's, Cold Stone among franchise businesses with high default rates

The Wall Street Journal this week examined the 10 "worst franchise brands," based on SBA loan defaults. The list included three restaurant brands – Cold Stone Creamery, Quiznos and CiCi's Pizza. Topping the list was Planet Beach, with a 41.1 percent default rate.

Villa Italian Kitchen debuts at Colorado shopping center

Villa Enterprises' Villa Italian Kitchen concept has opened at the Colorado Mills Shopping Center in Lakewood, Colorado. "Our new Villa at Colorado Mills will give shoppers a taste of New York," Adam Torine, SVP of Development, said in a news...

MOD Pizza opens first franchised location

MOD Pizza will open its first Denver location Thursday at 8225 S. Chester St., Centennial.

PizzaRev makes its debut in Texas

California-based PizzaRev has entered Texas with the opening of its newest restaurant in Austin's Round Rock area, under the leadership of developers David Jones and Doug Tieber. The restaurant marks the first of four planned for the Austin market, according...

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