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Marco’s Pizza outlines national growth plans

Marco’s Pizza is closing in on opening its 1,000th unit in its quest to move from sixth to fourth on the list of the country’s biggest pizza chains. The Ohio-based chain has 965 restaurants in 34 states and plans call …

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Freddy’s new format focuses on takeout

Quickserve burger chain Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has begun construction on a new store format designed to serve customers taking their food to-go. The new Salina, Kansas unit will feature a double drive-thru, a walk-up window, patio seating and …

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Lidl, ALDI pushing ahead with US growth plans

Lidl and ALDI are continuing their robust US growth, with Lidl launching three new locations in Georgia, Maryland and New Jersey. ALDI, meanwhile, has started hiring people for four stores planned in the New Orleans metro area in its ongoing …

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Whole Foods focuses on local at latest store

Whole Foods Market will debut a “hyper-local” format for a new 48,000-square-foot location in Tampa, Florida when it opens July 7, part of the grocer’s accelerated expansion that could see 40 more stores added into 2022. The new Tampa site …

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Michael Mina to open Bourbon Steak location in Seattle

Michael Mina will open a Seattle location of his Bourbon Steak restaurant in the fall. The restaurant will be the steakhouse’s eighth US location, and the menu will feature seafood dishes such as lobster pot pie and ahi tuna tartare …

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Shake Shack focuses on convenient formats

Shake Shack will end this year with five drive-thrus and 30 walk-up windows as part of the chain’s push to make its food more convenient and accessible. Having different formats will also allow the chain to keep from cannibalizing existing …

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Arizona dining figure Sam Fox plans Phoenix hotel

Internationally noted Arizona restaurateur Sam Fox plans to open an upscale hotel in Phoenix in 2023, featuring a cosmopolitan mix of design and cuisine. The 141-room Global Ambassador is the first venture by Fox’ new company, Author and Edit Hospitality. …

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Lettuce Entertain You plans first Florida restaurant

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is planning its first Florida eatery, a Mediterranean concept called Aba, that will debut in the summer of 2022. Chef C.J. Jacobson and Marc Jacobs, executive partner of Chicago-based LEYE, will operate the restaurant at the …

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Colorado restaurateur plans growth for casual Mexican concept

Chef and restaurateur Troy Guard oversees eight restaurant concepts, but sees his Mexican casual eatery Los Chingones as the one with the most potential for growth. The brand has four locations in the Denver area and one scheduled to open …

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Chipotle explores growth potential outside the US

Chipotle Mexican Grill has set its sights on global expansion, with tests underway in France and the UK and plans to add eight Canadian units in 2021. Other chains exploring international markets include Wendy’s, which will open four new UK …

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