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Texas franchisee buys 90 Papa John’s restaurants

Papa John’s has sold its majority interest in 90 restaurants to multibrand franchisee Sun Holdings, a Texas-based operator that made a deal last year to develop 100 new Papa John’s units. Joint venture partner Blue and Silver Ventures will remain …

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Sweetgreen to court suburban diners with Sweetlane

Salad chain Sweetgreen will roll out its first drive-thru location in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg within the next year as part of the brand’s plan to expand beyond its urban locations. Customers who order ahead using Sweetgreen’s website or …

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Amazon opens first cashierless Whole Foods

Amazon has opened its first Whole Foods Market location featuring the company’s Just Walk Out technology, which enables customers to bypass checkout lanes and pay through a mobile app. The store, located in Washington, D.C.’s Glover Park neighborhood, is the …

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Franchisee adds 30 Checkers, Rally’s units in Indiana, Kentucky

Falcons Burger, an existing operator of Checkers and Rally’s restaurants, has acquired another 30 units from retiring franchisee Joe Hertzman. Restaurant Business

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Smashburger adds full bar to its fast-casual setting

Smashburger opened its first restaurant with a full bar in its hometown of Denver last week, with a bartender serving beer, wine and craft cocktails like the Blackberry Smash and the Coconut Mule. Restaurant Business

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Dough Zone Dumpling House to grow by up to 20 locations by 2027

When the Seattle-based Dough Zone Dumpling House first opened its doors, the original owners envisioned a small mom-and-pop restaurant that would give customers real Chinese cuisine. But what they weren’t expecting was how popular it would become. With the first …

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KFC caters to off-premises with Next-Gen store design

KFC debuted its Next-Gen store design last year at a restaurant in Berea, Kentucky and the chain plans to build about 30% of its new stores in one of two Next-Gen models. The updated store designs include an inline model …

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Wendy’s maps growth plans in Mexico

Wendy’s is crafting a new menu for its restaurants in Mexico as part of a plan aimed at growing the chain’s presence there to hundreds of locations. The company, which opened its first restaurant in Mexico three decades ago and …

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Friendly’s opens its first fast-casual restaurant

Friendly’s Restaurants is expanding into fast-casual with the opening of its first Friendly’s Cafe, a 2,700 square-foot concept with 45 seats in Westfield, Massachusetts. Customers will have the option of ordering at the counter, at the table using a QR …

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Kroger to open 2nd automated fulfillment center in Ohio

As part of the company’s strategy to double its digital sales and profitability rate by the end of 2023, Kroger will open a second automated fulfillment center in Ohio near Cleveland, which will serve customers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Kroger …

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