Developmental agreements in franchising - February 2009
Paciugo Italian Gelato signed an agreement with Flavia Arana and Ani Poddar to open 12 units (gelaterie) throughout Chicago. Paciugo currently has 41 units across the U.S., as well as in Mexico.
Franchisor Rita's Franchise Company signed an area development agreement that will introduce its concept, Rita's Italian Ice, to Texas. The company plans to open three units throughout the Northern Dallas/Ft. Worth area by this spring.
Papa Bello Enterprises Inc. signed an agreement with Fusion Global Partners LLC (FGP) to expand Papa Bello Pizza throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East. FGP is a franchisee of such brands as Steak Escape and Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffee, and expects to have its first Papa Bello unit open later this year.
Utah-based Five Star Painting Inc. signed an agreement with Ross Gill to begin developing the concept throughout Columbus, Ohio. Gill holds a degree in business administration from Ashland University, and will work alongside Tom Hodgson, Five Star's chief operation officer-East Coast, during the expansion.
CiCi's Pizza recently opened its third and fourth franchise locations in Las Vegas, Nevada, with another three scheduled to open this year.