Three agreements with Shipley Do-Nuts will bring more than 50 units to Georgia and Maryland. Based in Dallas ARFD Foodsoperated by Andrew Robertson and Franklin Diaz, has signed for 25 locations in Georgia, while Oziel Rodriguez, operator Sweet Donuts Investments, has reached an agreement for five stores. In Maryland, cousins Brian Lemek Jr. and John Egan signed a 25-unit deal through their Mid-Atlantic Do-Nuts. Founded in 1936, Shipley Do-Nuts franchises more than 330 restaurants in 10 states.
Dave’s Hot Chicken expands into Minnesota by signing a deal with Michael McGuire open six sites in the Twin Cities. McGuire, a franchisee with 34 years of experience in quick service restaurants, has operated brands such as Domino’s, Jersey Mikes, Krispy Kreme and Little Caesars.
Technology reseller PayMore will open branches in the Milwaukee area after signing a multi-unit agreement with Tim Ven Hause. Also a multi-unit operator of uBreakiFix (which is rebranding itself as Asurion Tech Repair), VenHause plans to open its first PayMore store in West Allis, a suburb of Milwaukee.
Bad Ass Coffee from Hawaii signed an agreement with business partners Ankush Agrawal and Rushik Solanki and their Makers Group to develop five units in the Dallas Metro. They plan to open their first store in Sachse, an eastern suburb of Dallas, in late 2022 or early 2023, with the others expected to follow in the next two years. Agrawal has a background in construction and property management, while Solanki has a background in business management and operations.
RCI Hospitality Holdings, which has several strip clubs and dining establishments, signed a franchise development agreement with Jerry Westlund to open three Bombshells Restaurant & Bar units in Alabama. Westlund is a Nashville entrepreneur and managing partner of BMB Huntsville who has experience owning 30 nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 12 states. The agreement provides for the opening of the three military-themed sports bars over five years.
Cafe Elianos plans to expand its current footprint in Jacksonville with two new locations in Nassau County, Florida. It signed a two-unit development agreement with existing franchisees spencer and Kacie Hutchison, which has three stores in Georgia, and another in Peach State is expected to open soon. Founded in 2002, Ellianos Coffee is a Florida-based company with 22 operating locations.
Dog House signed a multi-unit agreement to bring 15 sites to the state of Maryland. Existing franchisees Faizan and Adila Khan, which operates three restaurants, will open new locations in Annapolis, Baltimore and other Maryland communities, as well as the greater Washington, DC area, over the next five years. A franchisee since 2018, Faizan has 25 years of experience in the technology industry.
Super Bowl champion and legendary quarterback for the New Orleans Saints Drew Bree expands its partnership with the acai bowl concept everbowl. Brees, which has already signed a 60-unit deal for locations in New Orleans, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, will now open 15 stores in Tennessee and 10 in Virginia. Brees works with Alex Yeater, an Everbowl area representative, to jointly manage and operate the locations. Launched in 2016, Everbowl has 46 stores open and signs major multi-unit development agreements.
A new agreement will extend Quiznos and Taco Del Mar. Parent company Rego Restaurant Group has signed a development agreement with Dominica and Monique Mendoza to build 10 restaurants in Denver. The recent deal isn’t the first for the Mendozas, as their company CF Lifestyle Investments also has a two-unit deal for restaurants in New Mexico. The Mendozas also acquired six Quiznos restaurants in the Denver market, making it one of the brand’s largest franchisees. High Bluff Capital acquired Quiznos and Taco Del Mar in 2018.
The Dog Stop, a dog care concept, has signed deals to bring 12 new locations to cities including Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Long Island, New York, Orlando, Florida and Lexington Kentucky, as well as the Central Region from New Jersey. The signing of a three-territory agreement is Denis Hill, a lawyer in Frisco, Texas. The other three-territory agreement was signed by the franchisee David Weinberg in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. The five-territory agreement, meanwhile, was signed by the franchisee Justin Steiner from Orlando.
Steve Christensen and Reid Richardswho already have a 12-unit deal to develop Big chicken in Arizona, signed a separate deal to bring Shaquille O’Neal’s brand of chicken to Idaho and Utah. Christensen and Richards, former Five Guys franchisees, are also developing brunch restaurant Another Broken Egg Café in Arizona.
Goldfish Swim Schools has signed a four-unit franchise agreement for new locations in the greater Houston area. The franchisees are alexander and Jaime Mesa and Bret Beitleras well as Jonathan Spindler of Waterslake Capital. The Mesas and Beitler own an Urban Air Adventure Park and three Kids ‘R’ Kids franchises in the Houston market. Spindler, meanwhile, is another Urban Air franchisee that also operates Code Ninjas and Scooter’s Coffee locations.
Steve Zeiglera multi-unit Jersey Mike’s franchisee, enters the pizza business by signing an agreement to open three Pizza Mike of the Mountain restaurants in Texas. The deal is one of two three-unit deals signed for Texas. The other is with Robbie and Varinder Basati. Robby is the largest Mountain Mike’s franchisee in California.
twin peaks signed a multi-unit agreement with the franchisee Shamsu Charania of the Falcons Group, with three locations slated to open in the Pittsburgh area within the next year. A franchisee of Dunkin’, Baskin-Robbins, Checkers/Rally’s and TGI Fridays, The Falcons Group operates more than 90 restaurants in seven states and recently acquired 30 Rally’s from Joe Hertzman.
Korean fried chicken brand Bonchon has signed an agreement to open three locations in the Los Angeles area. The agreement is with the contractor Kenneth Parkwhich plans to open the first location in early 2023.
Jérémie’s Italian ice cream has set its sights on the state of Tennessee, with over 20 locations planned. The development is accompanied by the signing of an agreement with DT Ventures, owned and operated by Brad Davis. A total of 22 units are planned, with five locations expected to open within the next 18 months. Davis operates 10 Macro’s Pizza restaurants in Tennessee and is a Scooter’s Coffee franchise.
International Development News
Xponential Fitness continues its international expansion by signing a master franchise agreement in Mexico for its StretchLab, Rumble and AKT brands. The master franchisee, a division of Mexican construction and hospitality company Grupo ITISA, plans to open at least 60 studios across the three brands over the next 10 years. Besides Mexico, Xponential, which went public last year and has 10 brands, is expanding into Australia, the Dominican Republic, Japan, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and Spain. New studios are also planned in Austria, Germany and the UK.
Metro signed two master franchise agreements, in Brazil and Malaysia. SouthRock, a Brazil-based multi-brand restaurant operator, is one of the franchisees, with an agreement for exclusive rights to manage and develop all Subway locations in the market. A licensed operator of Starbucks and TGI Fridays, SouthRock will expand the footprint of Brazil’s Metro, which already has 1,600 locations. In Southeast Asia, existing partner Pegacorn has signed an agreement to develop 500 new metros across Peninsular Malaysia over the next 10 years, a development that would triple the number of restaurants in the market.
Sola Lounges signed three multi-unit agreements for new locations in Canada. Larry Lloyd and mike mcdonald plan to open three branches in Ontario’s Durham Region. Ammar Aboulnasr, founder and CEO of electronics distributor Basatne International, has signed on to open two locations, in Hamilton and Barrie, Ontario. And the opening of Solas in North York, Richmond Hill and Markham is a new franchisee mike ruthard.