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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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Seattle eyes stadium replacement, new school

Seattle Public Schools will collaborate with the city to replace the aging Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center in a project that may include a new school downtown. The plan, however, hinges on voter approval of a $66.5 million levy next …

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Construction underway on Florida airport terminal project

Construction has begun in Fort Myers, Florida on Southwest Florida International Airport‘s $331 million terminal expansion project. The project will include remodeling of over 164,000 square feet of space and the addition of about 120,000 square feet of food, beverage …

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Starbucks still brewing new units during the pandemic

Starbucks topped the list of the 27 fastest-growing US quickserves with the addition of 287 new units since 2019, despite pandemic-related challenges and delays. Domino’s, Jersey Mike’s, Wingstop and Chipotle Mexican Grill rounded out the top five. QSR

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Danny Grant’s restaurant group expands reach across US

Chef Danny Grant’s restaurant group, What If Syndicate, began expanding from Chicago to Arizona in 2019, and now the group has major growth plans that include 14 restaurants around the country by the end of 2022. Although many of the …

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Schlotzsky’s prepares to open high-tech franchised units

Throughout 2021, Schlotzsky’s — the fast-casual, Focus Brands-owned sandwich company — has plans to sign more than 100 restaurants throughout the U.S. during its 50th anniversary year. After announcing new off-premises-driven store prototypes in late 2020, the company is ready …

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Fast-casual pizza chain builds growth plan around robotics

Fast-casual pizza chain 800 Degrees has teamed with robotics firm Piestro on a plan to roll out fully automated pizza-making machines to 3,600 high-traffic locations over the next five years. Customers input their orders on a touch screen and watch …

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Brinker buys back 23 Chili’s units from franchisee

Franchisee Chesapeake Foods has sold 23 Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurants to Brinker International, which owns more than 1,064 US Chili’s units, for an undisclosed amount. Nation’s Restaurant News

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Schlotzsky’s outlines aggressive franchise growth plan

Schlotzsky’s Deli has signed more than 75 new franchise agreements this year and expects to have 100 by the end of 2021. The 329-unit chain is on track to open 25 to 30 new locations annually over the next several …

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Freebirds aims to soar above Texas burrito rivals

Fast-casual Freebirds World Burrito is on a mission to grow from 55 units to 100 over the next five years in a push to become the biggest burrito chain in Texas. Plans call for expansion into nontraditional locations, including college …

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