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Rise Biscuits & Doughnuts teams with Fransmart for growth plan
posted on Dec 15 17

North Carolina-based Rise Biscuits & Doughnuts is hoping to expand to around 1,000 locations across the U.S. with the help franchise development group Fransmart. The chain has opened 15 stores since it was founded in 2012 and plans to add as many as six new locations during the first quarter of next year. Read the Eater story here

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Wendy’s to deliver via DoorDash in 48 US markets
posted on Dec 15 17

Wendy’s has teamed with DoorDash to launch delivery from 1,400 units in 48 markets by year’s end, the company said in regulatory filings. The companies tested delivery on a small scale in Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas earlier this year. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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New restaurant models focus on philanthropy
posted on Dec 15 17

Some eateries are experimenting with nonprofit models that give guests a chance to contribute to their communities. A Place at the Table in Raleigh, N.C., depends on customers with the means to pick up the tab for those who can’t pay for their meals, and at Houston’s OKRA Charity Saloon customers vote for which charities to support. Read the Food Newsfeed story here

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Starbucks to launch high-end Roastery concept in China
posted on Dec 15 17

The second Starbucks Roastery will open this week in Shanghai in a 30,000-square-foot space that’s twice as large as the original Seattle location. The Roastery will feature Starbucks’ most exclusive coffee beans, and the chain has partnered with Alibaba Group to develop an app that teaches customers about the roasting and brewing process. Read The Seattle Times story here

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Roots to grow new US, Canada branches
posted on Dec 14 17

Toronto-based fashion retailer Roots will add up to 10 new stores in Canada and 14 in the United States by the end of 2019. The retailer, which also has 138 partner-operated locations in Asia, sees brick-and-mortar stores as a key part of its growth plans. Read the Calgary Herald story here

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