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Long John Silver’s adds deep fried Twinkies to its menus

Long John Silver’s is testing the waters with gold on the menu – fried golden sponge cake to be exact. America’s favorite seafood restaurant launched the Hostess Deep Fried Twinkie in two test markets this spring and is expected to launch the classic treat to the rest of the country in the coming months.

Del Taco names John D. Cappasola Jr. as chief executive officer

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., (NASDAQ:TACO), the second largest Mexican-American QSR chain by units in the United States, today announced that President and Chief Brand Officer John D. Cappasola, Jr. has been named as chief executive officer, to succeed Paul J.B. Murphy, III.

RE/MAX names Adam Contos co-CEO

RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RMAX), announced today the appointment, effective immediately, of Chief Operating Officer (COO) Adam Contos to RE/MAX co-chief executive officer (co-CEO), sharing responsibilities with Dave Liniger, the company's former co-founder and now co-CEO.

Jamba Juice opens first location in Thailand, marking the company’s 70th international location

Jamba, Inc. (Nasdaq: JMBA), announced the opening of its first Thailand location on May 25th, operated by franchise partner, King of Juices Company, LTD (“King of Juices”). The store is located in the Siam Paragon Mall in Bangkok.

Snap Fitness signs master franchise agreement for Indonesia

Snap Fitness continues its dynamic global expansion with the announcement of a master franchise agreement for Indonesia, where it will begin operating later in 2017.

Golden Corral rolling out brunch nationwide, starting May 22

Beginning on Monday, May 22, Golden Corral will introduce its new 7-Day Brunch menu, serving brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every day.

Pet Supplies Plus hits 400 location milestone

Nearly three decades after first setting up shop in suburban Detroit, America’s fastest-growing pet store is set to open up its 400th store this May in Coconut Creek, Fla.

Wingstop set to open 100 locations in U.K. over 12 years

Wingstop Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ:WING), the award-winning wing concept with 1,031 locations worldwide, announced that it is extending its global reach by expanding into the European market.

American Family Care Opens 100th Franchise Location

American Family Care (AFC), announced that it dedicated its 100th franchise clinic on Wednesday, May 3 in Denver, Colorado.

Hyatt names Kathy Krenger vice president, global communications

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced Kathy Krenger as vice president of global communications, effective May 15. Krenger will be responsible for Hyatt’s communications strategy and media relations, along with internal and brand communications.

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery to introduce new menu

Product and ingredient innovation are at the forefront of the new menu that Perkins Restaurant & Bakery will roll out system-wide on May 1, 2017.

Panera Bread to create 10,000 new delivery jobs by end of 2017

Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) expects to add more than 10,000 new in-cafe and delivery driver jobs system-wide by the end of 2017 as it expands delivery service to 35-40 percent of its cafes by year-end.

Domino's opens 14,000th store worldwide

Domino's Pizza is celebrating the grand opening of its 14,000th store in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, outside of the nation's capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Papa John's International opens 100th restaurant in Mexico

Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA), announced the opening of its 100th restaurant in Mexico. The 100th Papa John's is located in Zona Azul in Ciudad Satélite in the Metropolitan area of Mexico City.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit launches new website

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has launched its latest phase of technology development with the new website, www.smokedonsite.com.

El Pollo Loco continues Texas expansion

El Pollo Loco (Nasdaq:LOCO), announced it has expanded its franchise development deal with Chicken Time Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Henry Investment Group (HIG) to open an additional 13 new restaurants in Texas.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. expects to complete acquisition of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") (NYSE/TSX: QSR, TSX: QSP) announced that it expects to complete the acquisition of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. ("Popeyes") (NASDAQ: PLKI) today, following the successful completion of its tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Popeyes.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts opens 1000th international shop in Peru

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation today announced the first shop in Peru is open for business. The shop is in Lima and is the 1000th Krispy Kreme international location.

Kevin Hochman promoted to president and chief concept officer of KFC U.S.

Yum Brands, Inc. announced that it has promoted Kevin Hochman to president and chief concept officer of KFC U.S., reporting to Roger Eaton, chief executive officer of KFC Global, effective immediately.

Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins plan to remove artificial colorings from U.S. menus by end of 2018

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced plans to remove artificial colors from its products in the U.S.

Carl’s Jr. set to open in Santiago, Chile

Global premium burger chain Carl's Jr.® opened its first restaurant today in Chile pursuant to a franchise agreement signed between Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Corachi SpA.

Primrose schools planning to add 34 new schools in 2017.

Primrose Schools, a national preschool franchise company, is on track to experience its seventh consecutive year of real estate growth by opening a record 34 new schools in 2017. With 135 schools currently in its development pipeline, the early education and care provider shows no signs of slowing down.

RE/MAX IT department under new leadership

RE/MAX, LLC has announced a new Vice President of IT and Digital Business. Carie Zoellner now directs the activities of the IT department, including innovation and strategic planning, data center operations, application development, business systems analysis, records management, data privacy, cybersecurity/compliance and customer support. She also leads the company’s key technology initiatives.

Keller Williams expands into Jamaica and Puerto Rico

Keller Williams, the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count, has more than doubled its number of international agents, adding 1,900 new agents in 2016. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, the franchise is now home to 3,345 agents across the 23 countries and regions it has awarded master franchise agreements.

Noodles & Company plans to close 55 “underperforming” locations

Fast casual giant Noodles & Company said Thursday it will close 55 underperforming restaurants, more than 10 percent of its current store count.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Enters 2017 by Celebrating 85 Consecutive Months of Record Growth

In 2016, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® experienced 10 percent growth in year-over-year sales compared to the year before, ultimately completing more than 500,000 moves nationwide.

TGI Fridays introduces two new executive hires

Marketer Stephanie Perdue and long-time restaurateur Jerry Comstock have joined TGI Fridays as chief marketing officer and president & chief operating officer, respectively.

Arby’s completes 25-restaurant development agreement with new franchisee, AR Chain of Restaurants

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG), parent company of the franchisor of the Arby’s brand, announced that it has reached a new development agreement with franchisee, AR Chain of Restaurants, to open 25 new restaurants over the next six years with a focus on Pennsylvania and New York.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. announces master franchise joint venture to launch the Tim Hortons brand

Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") has announced the establishment of a master franchise joint venture with a group of investors in Mexico. The joint venture company will be the master franchisee of the Tim Hortons brand in Mexico, responsible for developing and growing the brand in the country.

HoneyBaked Ham names Linda Heasley as its new CEO

The Honey Baked Ham Company, LLC, (HoneyBaked Ham), announced Linda Heasley as its new chief executive officer effective Feb. 6, 2017. Heasley, former president and CEO of Ascena Retail Group's plus size fashion segment, succeeds HoneyBaked Ham Chairman and interim CEO Paul Roth.

Red Roof opens 500th Inn and 50th Plus+ location

Red Roof® has opened its 500th Inn in Biloxi, MS and 50th PLUS+ location in Irondale, Alabama. To celebrate the milestone, Red Roof is rewarding existing and new members of their RediCard loyalty program with 500 RediCard bonus points no matter where they are headed from January 15, to February 28, 2017.

Hyatt announces acquisition of Miraval Group

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that Hyatt has acquired Miraval Group, from an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, LLC.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service names Alan D. Ferber as new CEO

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service recently named Alan D. Ferber its chief executive officer. Ferber joins the tax brand from ADT Residential, the No.1 home security brand in North America, where he served as president. Before ADT Residential, he was chief operating officer and chief marketing officer of US Cellular.

Captain D’s names Bob Kraut chief marketing officer

Captain D’s LLC announced today that Bob Kraut has joined its executive team as chief marketing officer. Kraut will be responsible for leading, developing and executing the company’s marketing strategies to further increase brand awareness and continue the brand’s strong sales growth.

Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. accelerates refranchising strategy

Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) announced that it has expanded the scope of its relationship with Franchise Performance Group, a strategic franchise recruiting advisory firm, to include the refranchising of company-owned stores in select markets.

FASTSIGNS reports record signing of 63 new franchise agreements in 2016

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, announced that it has signed 63 franchise agreements in 2016 with new and existing franchisees in the U.S., Canada and U.K. In the third quarter alone, the brand inked 22 new agreements, including 13 locations in western and midwestern states, such as California, Florida, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and Washington.

Yum China launches Taco Bell brand in China

Yum China Holdings, Inc., and Taco Bell Corp., the world's largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain, today announced that they have opened the first Taco Bell restaurant in the second largest economy in the world: China.

FirstService expands Paul Davis Restoration company-owned operations

FirstService Corporation today announced that its Paul Davis Restoration business has further expanded its company-owned operations through the acquisition of Paul Davis National, a specialized commercial and large loss operation within PDR

Johnny Rockets Celebrates 30 Countries in 30 Years

Johnny Rockets recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by announcing the opening of a new restaurant in its 30th country.

Jean Birch appointed interim CEO of Papa Murphy’s

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) announced that, effective immediately, chair of the board, Jean Birch, has been appointed interim chief executive officer.

Valvoline signs agreement to acquire Time-It Lube

Valvoline Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Valvoline LLC, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business assets related to 28 quick-lube stores from Time-It Lube L.L.C. and Time-It Lube of Texas, LP (together, “Time-It Lube”).

Dickey's Barbecue Pit announces capital group and leadership reorganization

Dickey's Barbecue Pit announces the formation of Dickey's Capital Group and reorganization of leadership positions in order to more effectively meet the demands of rapid growth.

Comfort becomes largest smoke-free hotel brand in U.S. and Canada

Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced today that Comfort Inn has joined Comfort Suites in offering guests 100-percent smoke-free rooms at its more than 1,800 franchised hotels across the United States and Canada.

Burger King and Tim Hortons say their chicken will be antibiotic-free by next year

Burger King and Tim Hortons are planning to use chicken with fewer antibiotics in the upcoming years. Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, says it will be making the changes in antibiotics in its chicken supply due to public health concerns.

Express Employment Professionals CEO Bob Funk named 2017 ACTE Business Leader of the Year

Bob Funk of Express Employment Professionals has been named as the 2017 Business Leader of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

Wingstop announces appointment of new independent board member

Wingstop Inc. today announced the appointment of seasoned public company director and former McDonald’s executive Lynn Crump-Caine to its board of directors.

Del Taco introduces mobile app test in Sacramento

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. has announced the test on its mobile app developed by the brand’s online ordering partner, Olo. Although the free app is currently available for download by iOS and Android users nationwide, the app’s full functionality will be limited to the Sacramento test market.

DineEquity, Inc. announces first co-branded IHOP and Applebee's restaurant to open in Detroit

DineEquity, Inc. announced plans today for a new location in Detroit that will for the first time leverage both its category leading brands, IHOP® restaurants and Applebee's Grill and Bar® in one restaurant destination to be at Millander Center in Detroit.

Marriott International’s Residence Inn brand now present in all 50 states

After its latest opening in Wyoming, Marriott International announces that its extended-stay brand, Residence Inn, now touts a presence in all 50 states.

Taco Bell announces plans for additional 45 restaurants across Spain by 2020

Taco Bell—the world’s largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain—announced that the brand, in collaboration with its franchisee, Casual Brands Group of Madrid, will begin building an additional 45 restaurants across Spain and add more than 900 jobs to the local economy