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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

Captain D’s introducing low-calorie Captain D-Lites menu

Captain D’s, the leading fast casual seafood restaurant known for serving freshly prepared seafood for more than 40 years, is reintroducing its Captain’s D-Lites menu to make it easy for consumers to stick to their New Year’s resolutions as 2017 approaches.

Panera Bread appoints Blaine Hurst president

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Panera Bread Company has named company veteran Blaine Hurst President effective Monday, December 12, 2016, following the resignation of Drew Madsen for personal reasons.

Hyatt Regency Cartagena marks first Hyatt-branded hotel in Columbia

According to a company press release, Hyatt Hotels Corporation today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Cartagena, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Colombia. The opening of the first Hyatt Regency hotel in Colombia is a milestone for Hyatt as it continues to focus on the development of the Hyatt Regency brand across Latin America.

Edible Arrangements names Tony Pavese president of Edible Global LLC

According to a company press release, Edible Arrangements International, LLC, announced that Anthony (Tony) Pavese has been named President of Edible Global, LLC.

Krystal launches new “More for $4 Deal”

H&R Block launches totally free online filing for 1040EZ, 1040A

H&R Block's online products are available starting today. Now more taxpayers than ever who use H&R Block can prepare and file both their federal 1040EZ or 1040A and state income tax returns online for free with H&R Block's (NYSE: HRB) Free edition.

Church’s Chicken promotes Joseph Christina to chief executive officer

Church’s Chicken, the global quick service restaurant chain, today announced that Joseph Christina has been appointed chief executive officer of the company.

McDonald’s announces table service coming to all U.S. stores

McDonald’s announced on Thursday that the company plans to roll out table service at all locations across the U.S.

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Inks Deal with Parikh Network, LLC to Open 50 New Restaurants

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG), parent company of the franchisor of the Arby’s brand, has announced a new development agreement with Parikh Network, LLC, a new franchisee to the Arby’s brand, to open 50 new restaurants over the next eight years.

Hilton hires 10,000 veterans in three years, Reaching Operation: Opportunity hiring goal two years early

Hilton (HLT) today announced that its corporate offices, owned and managed hotels, and franchisees have hired 10,000 veterans, spouses and dependents in the United States since 2013.

Yum unit Taco Bell to increase U.S. presence to 9,000 restaurants by 2022

Taco Bell Corp said on Friday that it was planning to increase the number of restaurants in the United States to 9,000 and create 100,000 jobs by the end of 2022.

Wingstop signs deal to open 30 locations in Columbia and Panama

Wingstop, Inc., the award-winning wing concept with more than 900 locations worldwide, announced that it has entered into an international expansion agreement with Colowing S.A. de C.V. to open 30 locally operated franchise locations in Colombia and Panama over the next five years, starting in 2017.

Sonic Drive-In announces new senior director of franchise sales and development

According to a company press release, Sonic Drive-In, the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, announced the hiring of Sam Wong, new senior director of franchise sales and development.

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. appoints Alexander H. Ware as Chief Financial Officer

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), announced today the appointment of Alexander (Alex) H. Ware as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective October 31, 2016.

Golden Corral Restaurants offer 16th Annual Free Dinner on Military Appreciation Night

On Monday, November 14, for the 16th consecutive year Golden Corral will once again thank more than 330,000 active duty and retired United States military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while also raising donations for DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

UPS expands Worldwide Express Plus program to 28 new countries.

According to a company press release, UPS announced the expansion of its earliest morning package delivery service, UPS Worldwide Express Plus™. By expanding its reach to 28 new countries and enhancing service to cover more postal codes in 25 existing countries, shippers can reach the top 20 economies in the world earlier than ever before.

Famous Dave’s hires its fourth leader in four years

Mike Lister, a former operations executive who now owns several Famous Dave’s franchises, will become the company’s new CEO, succeeding Adam Wright, who took the job 10 months ago.

Vanessa C. Fox promoted to corporate vice president & chief development officer at Jack in the Box Inc.

Jack in the Box Inc. announced that Vanessa C. Fox has been promoted to corporate vice president and chief development officer for the company. Since 2014, Fox has been responsible for all company and franchised restaurant development for the Jack in the Box® brand, including Construction, Real Estate and Architecture.

IHG® announces new vice president, of operations, Continental Europe

IHG, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has appointed Michael Zager as Vice President, Operations, Continental Europe. Zager will start his new role effective October 1st and report to Stephen McCall, Chief Operating Officer, Europe.

Pizza Hut unveils The Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza

The newest Pizza Hut mash-up combines two of the most beloved foods of all—grilled cheese and pizza.

Marriott to open first hotel in Rwanda

Marriott International today officially opened the doors of its first Marriott Hotel in Rwanda, bringing the signature brand's welcoming service and world-class amenities to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time in its nearly 90-year history.

CEO of FASTSIGNS elected secretary of the International Franchise Association

Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., a sign, graphics and visual communications franchisor with more than 630 centers worldwide, has been elected secretary of the International Franchise Association (IFA).

Dunkin’ Donuts to Launch Ready-to-Drink Coffee in 2017

Today, National Coffee Day, Dunkin’ Donuts, part of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN), announced in a press release that it will launch a line of Dunkin’ Donuts branded ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages in the United States in early 2017.

Applebee’s restaurants now in all 50 states after Hawaii expansion

Applebee's Grill and Bar began with a single restaurant in suburban Atlanta in 1980. It has since grown to one of America's most popular restaurants with over 2,000 locations in 49 states, two U.S. territories and 17 countries, but there has never been a location in Hawaii - until now.

Stacy Anderson promoted to brand president of Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness announced the promotion of Stacy Anderson to the new position of brand president. Anderson, who has served as the company's chief marketing officer since 2012, will lead Anytime Fitness' business unit and steer the continuing evolution of the franchise's business model.

Krystal offers support for education with Krystal Cruiser Tour

The Krystal Company, known for its small, square burgers, has launched a foundation dedicated to funding important community school programs in its neighborhoods.

Planet Fitness, Inc. announces secondary offering of Class A common stock by selling stockholders

Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) ("Planet Fitness" or the "Company") today announced that certain of its existing stockholders (the "Selling Stockholders") intend to offer for sale 8 million shares of its Class A common stock pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-3 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Dunkin' Brands names David Hoffmann president of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Canada

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that David Hoffmann, 48, has been named president of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Canada, effective October 3, 2016.

Coverall North America, Inc. welcomes new vice president of marketing

According to a company press release, Commercial cleaning business Coverall North America, Inc. has hired Nicole Ivey as Vice President of Marketing to support the company's strategic growth plans in markets across the United States.

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar raises $25k for Special Olympics

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar’s (Boston’s) non-profit organization, the Boston’s Pizza Foundation, raised $25,000 for Special Olympics Inc. throughout the month of August.

RE/MAX Signature Properties joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brokerage network

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates family of real estate brokerage networks, today announced that RE/MAX Signature Properties has joined the network operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties.

Tim Horton's Smile Cookie campaign raises money for local charities

Yesterday marked the start of Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign running from September 12 to 18 in participating restaurants across the U.S.

Midas partners with Feeding America to launch 'Imagine' campaign to fight hunger

Midas, one of the world's largest providers of automotive services, has launched "Imagine" to support hunger relief efforts across the country, raising donations that will mean thousands of meals for the hungry.

Jimmy John's sells majority stake to Roark Capital

Checkers & Rally’s signs on 40 new franchisees, grows pipeline to 118 approved sites in first half of 2016

Checker’s & Rally’s continued 30 years of consistent growth in 2015, as it opened 37 new restaurants, expanding the companies profile to more than 800 restaurants throughout the country.