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Shaq’s Big Chicken bets on franchisees for growth

Shaquille O’Neal and partners JRS Hospitality and Authentic Brands have mapped an aggressive growth plan for Shaq’s Big Chicken, a concept created by the basketball star in 2018. The chain has started a new franchising program and plans to grow …

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Mississippi’s Margaritaville Resort to add amusement park

Work on Phase II of construction at Margaritaville Resort & Family Entertainment Center in Biloxi, Mississippi, is expected to be completed in March and open in summer 2022. An amusement park with attractions, such as a “Sky View” Ferris wheel …

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TravelCenters of America unveils upgrade plans and new travel center design

TravelCenters of America is unveiling its nationwide site upgrade plan and new travel center design concepts at the grand re-opening of the TA in Seymour, Indiana. The site upgrade and grand re-opening is among the first of more than 100 travel …

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Chef Tetsuya Wakuda to debut Japan-themed concept

Multibrand operator 50 Eggs Hospitality Group will team with Michelin-starred chef Tetsuya Wakuda to launch Wakuda, a new concept that will open locations in both Las Vegas and Singapore in 2022. The Las Vegas location will fill a 12,000-square-foot space …

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50-year-old Atlanta mall to convert mostly to offices

Developers and city, county and state officials gathered on the 50th anniversary of Atlanta’s Northlake Mall to celebrate a different future that will see Macy’s remain as a retail anchor and Emory Healthcare lease 240,000 square feet as a corporate …

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Report: Fast-casuals’ focus on off-premises pays off

Fast-casual chains saw traffic return during the summer after declines that started with the pandemic last year, according to NPD Group, which credits increased off-premises efforts for the rebound. Fast-casual traffic grew 8% in August from the same month last …

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Six Flags redevelopment in Louisiana to include water park, hotel

Bayou Phoenix has been selected to redevelop the former site of Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans. Plans for the site include a water park, a hotel, a STEM center, an e-sports arena and a sports complex, with possible …

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TGI Fridays to grow ghost kitchens with Reef

TGI Fridays has teamed with ghost kitchen operator Reef Technology on a plan to create delivery-only locations for the casual dining brand in as many as 300 global locations, starting with Reef’s hometown of Miami. Reef has been in expansion …

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s plans to open 150 units in 2022

Traditional franchise openings underpin Tropical Smoothie Cafe‘s plans to open 150 units in 2022, up from its goal of 130 units this year. QSR

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Best Buy to acquire tech firm Current Health

Best Buy will acquire UK tech firm Current Health, as the retailer moves further into the health care category. Current Health, which works with telehealth and remote patient monitoring, will join a roster of health care acquisitions for the retailer, …

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