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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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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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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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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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Target wants to add its cool factor to grocery

Target‘s rapid grocery growth is being built on the same “cool factor” that has earned the retailer a cult following in many nonfood categories, and future strategy calls for “generating guest love in food and beverage by leaning into the …

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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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