Multi-unit agreements continue to flow for Thin chickens, which, with recent signings, has added 59 locations to its development pipeline. The chicken chain has signed a 32-unit agreement with Thomas barnett and Shane Jacobs of Barnett Management to develop the concept across Arizona. The Phoenix-based group operates more than 50 Burger Kings statewide and has already developed 24 Good Egg and Eggery restaurants before selling those operations in 2014. Slim Chickens will also open locations in Ohio and Kentucky after signing. an 18-unit development agreement with Dominique gatta and Jeff Bedlion. The duo, who also develop and operate Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers throughout Ohio, plan to open Slim Chickens in Cincinnati and Dayton and in northern Kentucky. In Iowa, franchisees Jeff and Leanne Marques signed up for nine locations and will open Slim Chickens in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo and Cedar Falls. The two own and operate more than 20 Taco John’s restaurants in central Iowa with their business partners Bill and Lynne Byrne.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has four new multi-unit agreements that will add restaurants in Illinois, Louisiana and North Dakota. In the suburbs of Chicago, existing franchise group AC Mehr & Associates will develop eight units in Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Lake Zurich, Crystal Lake and Wheaton areas. Another group, M&M Cream will also open locations in the Chicago area with a focus on the western and southern suburbs. M&M has signed for 12 locations, starting with Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Orland Park and Joliet. New franchise group crispy pancake will open four restaurants across Louisiana in markets such as Shreveport, Bossier City and Alexandria. BOTL International, a group based in Canada, has signed on to develop five Freddy’s sites in North Dakota, in Fargo, Grand Fork, Minot and Bismarck.
Taco John’s signed the largest franchise deal in the brand’s history, a 50-unit deal with Grand Rapids, Mich. Meritage hotel group. Meritage, which will begin by developing Taco John’s in western Michigan, is the largest franchise operator of Wendy’s restaurants, with 345 stores. As part of the Taco John’s deal, he has the option of opening another 150 units.
Dickey’s barbecue pit made a development push in the northeast, signing an agreement with Chaac Foods to open 48 restaurants in five years. Luis Ibarguengoytia is CEO of Chaac Foods, with Gauge Capital as the private equity firm’s backer in a 75/25% partnership, with Ibarguengoytia holding the minority stake. Chaac Foods also operates 140 Pizza Huts and earlier this year signed an 80 store deal with Bojangles.
Loco El Pollo will expand its presence in Northern California after signing a new agreement with the existing franchisee TWS Restaurant Corp. for nine locations. TWS, owned by Manuel Perales, already operates 27 El Pollo Loco restaurants in the area and will develop new units in San Francisco Bay and Sacramento. Perales got his start in the system on the corporate side as a manager and went on to work as a training, operations and franchise consultant before becoming a franchisee in 2000.
Italian artisanal mici signed its first franchise agreement as the concept with six units in Colorado spurs growth. Lucas farnham and Dave doty will develop 30 fast-casual brand locations in the Phoenix area. Farnham operates Black Bear Diner and Smashburger locations in Colorado; Doty is a former Black Bear and Smashburger franchisee who is now on the Mici board of directors.
Edible grows with the existing franchisee ANZ Hospitality, signing a seven-unit agreement with the Philadelphia-based hotel company. ANZ has three Edible stores in Indiana. The new deal will add Edible stores to the Philadelphia Market. In addition to its hotel and motel business, ANZ, led by Nilita Patel, Manisha Patel, and Jimmy Shah, is also a franchisee of Hoots Wings, signing a 16-unit deal with the Quick, Relaxed Chicken Concept earlier this year. year.
Bojangles will strengthen its presence in Georgia after signing an agreement with former Popeyes executive Greg Vojnovic and his group Cedartown Chicken. The agreement for 11 new restaurants in western Georgia also includes the acquisition of seven locations from the former franchisee of Bojangles Robinson Holdings. Learn more about Vojnovic’s expansion plans.
Dog house signed franchise agreements in Indiana and Michigan for a total of seven new locations. Franchisees Karen and Jon Riddle will open five sites in southern Indiana and the greater Louisville, Kentucky area. As the owners of Derby City Chicks, their company based in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, the Riddles are also Chicken Salad Chick franchisees and brought the concept’s first restaurant to Indiana in June 2020. In Michigan , the franchisee Krage fox signed for two units and will open Dog Haus in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Fox also operates four Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurants in Michigan.
Raw hemp fair signed three multi-unit development agreements to open a total of 40 hookah lounge chain locations in six states. Mario harper signed to open 20 locations across Texas, Oklahoma and New Orleans, while in Las Vegas, Jasmine fox signed for five units. Dimitri Parker is the franchisee who develops Cru in North and South Carolina, where he has an agreement to open up to 15 locations.
Brooklyn dumpling store signed its first multi-unit agreements in Texas, for five locations in the Dallas area and at least five stores in the Austin market. Sam cole is the Dallas franchisee and has a background in marketing and technology, and most recently served as vice president of business for digital payment solutions company Shieldpay. Franchise Alex liebert will develop dumpling stores in Austin.
Perspiration Sauna Studio entered the Chicago market by signing a duo of two-unit agreements. Steve braverman will open two Perspire branches in the western suburbs of Chicago, starting in Downers Grove with a studio already under construction. Franchise Tanner Holmes will open the first of two Perspire units in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood early next year. Homes is the founder and CEO of Impact Brands, also a franchisee of European Wax Center and Sola Salon Studios.
Dry cleaners signed a development agreement with franchisees Ron and Rose Cappello and their company RR2 Clean Raleigh to open 10 locations in North Carolina, Wake and Durham counties and Chapel Hill. Ron Capello has 30 years of commercial real estate experience with a focus on retail and will oversee the development and day-to-day operations of the Zips business.
Main Squeeze Juice Co. signed an agreement with the husband and wife duo Alexis and Madison Kamakas to open at least four locations in the St. Louis area. Their first store is slated to open in the Central West End later this year.
Noodles & Company signed a four-unit agreement with Carlos Hill, President of Tsunami Enterprises, for locations in Texas and New Mexico. Hill plans to open its restaurants in El Paso and Las Cruces, with the first scheduled to open in fall 2022.
Green home solutions, a franchise focused on indoor air quality and whole-room disinfection services, has signed four multi-unit franchise agreements with operators in three states. In Indiana, Ben Blanc signed for three units in the Indianapolis market and Brent Hernandez will develop two units in South Bend. The opening of two sites in Des Moines, Iowa, is Mike Murtha. And in the Chicago area, franchisee Jim blandi has its three open units.
Takeaway taquitos will expand its presence in Southern California through a nine-unit development agreement with Ray and Leilani Libang, which will open restaurants in Riverside County. The Libangs are healthcare providers who own and operate five nursing homes in Orange County. Their Roll-Em-Up locations are planned for Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Newport Beach.
Bad Ass Coffee from Hawaii signed three separate three-unit agreements for a total of nine sites in California, Minnesota and Virginia. Richard and Michelle lee are franchisees in Virginia, and through their company L2 Ohana CafÃ©, will begin to expand in Alexandria. The Borba family, through their Bica Borba company, will open Bad Ass cafes in Orange County, California, while in Minnesota, TTB Holdings began construction on its first location in Rochester.
Tide cleaners, a dry cleaning and laundry services franchise, signed its first multi-unit agreement in California. Franchisees Jon and Megan Mut, owners of Clean Rock Ventures, will open five locations in the San Fernando Valley area of ââLos Angeles County. The Muts also run their own construction company, Boswell Construction. Tide Cleaners is franchised by Agile Pursuits Franchising, a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble and the manufacturer of Tide laundry detergent.
Mr. Brews Taphouse signed a regional development agreement with franchisee Brad Potts for five locations in Florida, starting in Venice with a location adjacent to the new Atlanta Braves training center. Potts, who retired in Florida and ended up being next door to Mr Brews CEO Steve Day, will open his first restaurant in the spring of 2022.
Pizzeria hostel Expands Presence in North Carolina with Existing Franchisees Prakashkumar and Sarah solanki. The two operate a buffet restaurant and have signed on to develop four more, starting with Lincolnton.
Mike Mountain Pizza signed its first agreement in Texas, this one for three sites in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Franchisees Hector Haget and Khris Tate, who formed Jefe Pizza, will open restaurants in Collin County, including McKinney and Frisco.
International Development News
Metro returned to the Indonesian market after withdrawing in the early 2000s. The sandwich giant signed an agreement with PT Sari Sandwich Indonesia, a subsidiary of food and beverage retailer PT Map Boga Adiperkasa, to open restaurants across the country. The first restaurants are planned for the greater Jakarta area later this year.
Its own part of PT Mitra Adiperkasa, which operates more than 2,300 outlets in 79 cities across Indonesia, PT Map Boga Adiperkasa has more than 590 stores in 33 Indonesian cities and operates brands such as Starbucks, Pizza Marzano and Krispy Kreme. The group is led by CEO Anthony Cottan.