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Where in the world are franchises going—June edition


Wingstop, a chicken-wing concept based in Dallas, has partnered with Walden Chu, head of Wingstop Philippines, to open the first of a 50-restaurant development deal in the Philippines this June. The first unit opened in Regis Center, Katipinuan, in Quezon City, the largest and most populous area in Metro Manila.

Wingstop has more than 640 restaurants in the U.S., Mexico, Russia and Singapore, and now the Philippines.

DoubleTree by Hilton has opened one of the largest conference venues in Eastern Europe, a 360-room hotel in Warsaw, Poland. The center boasts 20 conference rooms and a 21,527-square-foot ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,000 people. The Centre also includes a spa and indoor swimming pool.

The hotel is owned by Polaris Hospitality Enterprises Sp.z.o.o. and is operated under a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide

Guests at the Warsaw hotel will be greeted with the warm chocolate-chip cookie tradition that has welcomed DoubleTree guests at registration for more than 25 years.

Veteran U.S. multi-unit owners Philip and Matthew Patinkin, John Desjardins, Mike Simon and Adam Levy have signed on to open 40 Auntie Anne’s Pretzels shops in Canada. The ownership group currently owns and operates 77 pretzel shops in 12 U.S. states.  The first of the Canadian locations will open in early 2015.

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Auntie Anne’s, which sells hand-rolled pretzels and drinks, opened its 400th international unit late last year, and has more than 1,500 locations nationwide.

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