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Red Roof PLUS+ expands internationally with first hotel in Japan

Signaling increasing global demand for its brand, Red Roof® is expanding its reach again, this time to Japan in the Namba area of Osaka.

Great Expectations Realty joins Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, announced that independent brokerage Great Expectations Realty will join the network Aug. 24 operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Great Expectations Realty.

Schlotzsky's aims to attract new franchisees in Texas as chain expands

Schlotzsky's today announced its continued expansion in Texas after a successful year of franchise growth and sales.

Noodles & Company announces new COO

Noodles & Company announced that Victor R. Heutz has been named to the position of chief operations officer. Heutz will be responsible for leading Noodles & Company’s cross-functional teams in day-to-day operations, strategic planning and guest service.

Quiznos announces new CEO and CFO

Quiznos announced the selection of Susan Lintonsmith as the brand's new Chief Executive Officer on July 14.

Papa John’s opens its first store in the Netherlands

Papa John’s International, Inc., the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company, opens their first Dutch store on Monday, July 18th.

Marriott to open three hotel brands under one roof

Marriott International has announced landmark plans to open a new hotel that will contain three of its brands under one roof in Nashville, US in 2018.

Pizza Hut announce new social ordering platform

Pizza Hut, along with SaaS platform tech company Conversable, announced the launch of a new Pizza Hut social ordering platform, or “chatbot,” to allow for conversational ordering of favorite pizzas and other menu items on Facebook Messenger and Twitter.

Steak 'n Shake launches new 24 meals under $4

Following the recent trend of value meals in QSR, Steak 'n Shake recently introduced a new 24 Meals Under $4 menu offering in the restaurant sector. Steak 'n Shake customers can choose from many of the restaurant's most popular meals, including 18 different Steakburger meals as well as an array of Footlong hot dogs, Chili, Chicken and Salads.

CARSTAR Canada celebrates opening of 250th Canadian location

CARSTAR Canada has achieved a significant milestone as it recently celebrated the opening of the 250th CARSTAR location in Canada.

Jamba Juice announces 20 store Michigan expansion plan

Jamba Juice, a leading health and wellness brand, announced that as part of its ongoing East Coast expansion it has entered a development agreement that will yield 20 new locations in the greater Detroit market. The agreement was reached with Kevin Denha and Omar Ammori, and includes an accelerated growth plan over the first 3 years of the 8-year deal.

Proforma owners close $6 Million in June acquisitions

More than $6 million in acquisitions were closed in June 2016 for Proforma’s Member Owners. Six Proforma Owners completed deals contributing to the highest producing acquisition month for Proforma over the past year and a half. Specific terms of individual acquisitions were not disclosed.

Chick-fil-A hosts “Cow Appreciation Day”

Chick-fil-A®’s 12th annual Cow Appreciation Day event is back on Tuesday, July 12. On that day, customers who show their spots will receive a free entree at Chick-fil-A’s more than 2,000 restaurants nationwide.

IHOP Restaurants celebrate 58 years with 58-cent pancake short stacks

In celebration of its 58th anniversary, IHOP Restaurants and its franchisees will offer guests a short stack of its world-famous Original Buttermilk Pancakes for only 58 cents on July 12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Buffalo Wild Wings announces 15-minute lunch guarantee

Most Americans only have 30 to 40 minutes for lunch from the time they enter a restaurant to the time they leave, according to research from Buffalo Wild Wings. In an effort to serve these time strapped guests, Buffalo Wild Wings introduced a limited-time, 15-minute lunch guarantee across nearly 900 U.S. restaurants.

7-Eleven to give out free slurpees on July 11

he Slurpee turns 50 this year, and 7-Eleven, Inc. is celebrating its birthday in a big way on July 11. To celebrate Slurpee Fiftee and 7-Eleven's 89th birthday, participating stores will give away an estimated 9 million free small Slurpee® drinks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, Monday, July 11 (7/11), while supplies last.

Conrad N. Hilton foundation awards nearly $23 million in grants in 2016’s second quarter

The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced on June 27, 2016, that it that it approved $22.9 million in grants during the second quarter of 2016.

Little Caesars reveals updated design of expanded world headquarters


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit announces expansion in El Paso Texas

El Paso will soon get three new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations, according to a development agreement between the chain and franchisees Hilario and Hugo Gonzalez.

Wyndham Hotel Group expands, offers first hotel in Greece

Wyndham Hotel Group announced that they are expanding their footprint to Europe with Wyndham Grand Athens, the first Wyndham Hotel Group hotel in Greece.

Hertz Approves Separation of Car Rental and Equipment Rental Businesses

The board of directors of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. approved the previously announced separation of its car rental and equipment rental businesses. The separation is expected to be tax-free to Hertz Global Holdings stockholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

Subway Launches New Digital Group

While it sounds a little like a headline from 1997, Subway announced the launch of Subway Digital, a new group created in collaboration with Accenture.

Ace Hardware Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power 10 Years in a Row

The J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Home Improvement Retailer Store Satisfaction Study ranked Ace Hardware “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Home Improvement Retail Stores” for the tenth year in a row.

Second Wave of Domino's DXP Delivery Vehicles to Hit the Road This Summer

The launch of Domino's DXP delivery vehicles last year has franchisees asking for more, and more they will get.

RE/MAX Agents Honored in REAL Trends “The Thousand”

For two years running, RE/MAX has more of the nation’s most prolific home-selling agents than any other brand, according to the 11th annual REAL Trends “The Thousand.”

Tim Hortons Guests and Owners raise $12.6 million for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation


Sheraton Unveils First New-Build Sheraton Grand Property in China’s Hangzhou

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., announced the opening of Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang Hotel, located in the heart of bustling business district of Hangzhou, China. The hotel is the first new-build property to join the brand’s premier tier of hotels, selected for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences.

Buffalo Wild Wings Donates $730,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs

Buffalo Wild Wings announced that it donated more than $730,000 as part of its annual Community Day fundraiser that supports local Boys & Girls Clubs through the Team Up for Kids mission.

Panera Extends 2016 Clean Commitment to Retail Stores Company to Remove ‘No No List’ Additives across Entire Portfolio of Nearly 50 Grocery Products


Holiday Inn Express launches in Malaysia

Holiday Inn Express expanded into Kuala Lumpar earlier this month, marking the entry of the Holiday Inn Express brand into Malaysia.

IHG invests $200 million in Crowne Plaza

InterContinental Hotels Group announced a $200 million investment in Crowne Plaze Hotels & Resorts in the Americas region on June 3. The plan, officially titled the Crowne Plaza Accelerate plan, will run for a three-year period.

Hertz separates car rental, equipment rental businesses

Hertz Global Holdings has formally approved the separation of its car rental and equipment rental business.

Burger King introduces the Whopperito

In select Pennsylvania locations, Burger King has introduced a new menu item called the Whopperito, a possible stab at competitor Taco Bell.

Wingstop opens 900th location, announces social ordering

Wingstop has opened its 900th location worldwide as the company continues to execute its international growth strategy. The 900th restaurant opens in Surabay, Indonesia, the country’s first Wingstop location outside of the greater Jakarta area.
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