As part of its desire to open more non-traditional locations, Flagship brands announced to have signed agreements with the two Pilot travel centers and Mountain Express to open Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s and Moe’s Southwest Grill units in malls and convenience stores. The deal with Pilot will bring 10 Cinnabon locations to select company locations across the country, while the deal with fuel distribution and convenience store retailer Mountain Express will bring 50 Schlotzsky’s locations and five Moe’s Southwest Grill locations to its travel places in the South East region.
The franchisees are also bringing Cinnabon and Jamba locations at several airports, and Auntie Anne’s is preparing to open two locations at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington in the coming months; these will be the first locations of this type in a Six Flags park. Other non-traditional developments include the expansion of Jamba’s robotic kiosk model, in partnership with Blendid, and the shift to ghost kitchens as Cinnabon opens at nine Ghost Kitchen Brands stores in the United States and Canada.
Focus also encourages the development of co-branded stores outside the traditional food courts in shopping centers.
Pizzeria hostel signed a six-unit franchise agreement with Dion Firooznia, which will open branches in North Carolina and Tennessee. Firooznia’s career has served as District Manager, Regional Vice President and Operating Partner at CKE Restaurants, Bojangles and Qdoba, and he was a franchise consultant for Pizza Inn before becoming a franchisee.
Krystal Expands Fast Food Burger Concept in Northeast with New Super Bowl Winning Franchisee. Former New York Giants wide receiver and Super Bowl XLVI champion Victor-Cruz signed an agreement to develop five restaurants in New Jersey. As part of the deal, restaurants will carry the “Victor Cruz’s Krystal” brand, and the first, slated to open in Cruz’s hometown of Paterson, will be built in the style of the new prototype Krystal unveiled earlier. This year.
Chick Chicken Salad signed a two-unit agreement with Mike and Kelly parker to open restaurants in the Springfield, Missouri area. Mike was Area Supervisor at McDonald’s for over 20 years, then Vice President of Retail Operations at Krispy Kreme before owning four stores. Kelly comes to Chicken Salad Chick after a career in finance.
PetWellClinic signed its first franchisee in Arizona. Cole walling and his family, who have also been Re-Bath franchisees for over 12 years, have signed a 16-unit agreement to develop the concept of a walk-in veterinary clinic in the Phoenix area. Cole, the youngest system operator at 25, is president of franchisee PetWellClinic Phoenix. Her uncle, Jeff Walling, is the group’s CEO and Lisa Walling, her aunt, is marketing director. The brand also signed an eight-unit agreement with Ed and Betsy erb for locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Ed and Betsy are U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veterans, respectively, and Betsy works as a vet assistant while applying to vet school.
Mike Mountain Pizza signed a five store agreement with Gem State Pies and operators Boris and Laurie Ilic and Travis and Alyssa Trask to open locations in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. The group adds Mountain Mike’s to a portfolio that includes a dozen Jersey Mike’s Subs units in multiple states. The brand also signed a five-unit agreement with RVTC companies to expand locations in Utah County, Utah, starting with Orem. RVTC is owned by Robert Viveiros and Tony Cabral, who are also longtime dairy farmers. Director of Operations Jamie Cabral is leading the development effort as RVTC expands its portfolio.
The Dolly Lama, a gourmet waffle and ice cream concept, signed a four-unit franchise agreement for locations in Nevada and California. Two stores are planned for Nevada, one in Reno and one in Lake Tahoe, the other two being planned for Sacramento.
RockBox Fitness signed two multi-unit agreements for a total of six Florida locations. Franchisees Yves and Jael Lamothe plan to open two gyms in Rockledge, where they live, and another in Viera, a coastal community 80 miles from Orlando neighboring NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where Yves works as a senior project manager. The other three unit chord is with Aahlaad Kareddy and its business partners, Varun Thummalapally, Gopal Kasarla and Ajay Mupparaju, who will bring RockBox to the Jacksonville area.
Big Blue Swimming School signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Austin smith to develop 21 sites across Utah, Arizona and Nevada. Smith’s background is in restaurant management and development as an investor in the Savory Fund, a $ 200 million food and beverage practice managed by Andrew Smith and Greg Warnock of Mercato Partners. He was also a project manager and director of strategic growth at Four Foods Group. He plans to open his first Big Blue store in Orem, Utah, in July 2022.
Familiar Evolution signed an agreement with franchisees Teri o’donnell and Gary Meyers to open 20 of its pet supply stores in the Tampa Florida area over the next 10 years. O’Donnell is a former Massage Envy franchisee and she has also been a regional developer for the Amazing Lash studio and WaveMax laundries. Meyers, meanwhile, is a regional developer for Massage Envy and a franchise owner of The Joint Chiropractic.
Start the entertainment signed a four-unit agreement with a physician Ritchie clay, which will open up family entertainment concept locations in the Tampa, Florida area. Ritchie launch centers are planned in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Polk counties.
Ziggi’s coffee signed a multi-unit agreement with franchisees Ron and Denise Cazares for locations in Colorado. The Cazares, who have signed on for three stores, plan to open their first location in Parker, a community about 25 miles southeast of Denver.
Aqua-Tots swimming schools signed a regional development agreement with franchisees Mo Thweny, Jason Ibrahim and Bashar Hannosh of East Coast Investment Group to open 10 branches in the Boston area. The group brings experience in sales, program management and construction, Ibrahim being the owner of a construction company that has built several Aqua-Tots locations.
Takeaway taquitos signed a five-unit development agreement for the Las Vegas market. Franchisees Nate pollock, Frank melfi and Marisa Floyd come from business backgrounds and are planning to open restaurants in the Las Vegas Valley and on the Las Vegas Strip.
Teriyaki madness will expand to North Carolina after signing a three-unit franchise agreement with Marlin and Brandi mcclure. They plan to introduce the fast-casual concept to the Charlotte market. Marlin spent over 16 years in various managerial roles at Buffalo Wild Wings and is now District Manager at Inspire Brands. Brandi ran her own retail business.
Gyroscopic hut signed a three-unit agreement with a group of franchisees WSGS to open restaurants in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico. WSGS and its executives have experience in the full-service restaurant, food distribution, and catering equipment industry.
International Development News
Dad johns takes his pizza to Africa by signing a franchise agreement with Cuisine Express LTD, a subsidiary of AAH Limited, the majority shareholder of Hass Petroleum Group, which has a large commercial footprint in Africa. Kitchen Express plans to open 60 restaurants in Kenya and Uganda, four of which are slated to open in 2022, starting with Nairobi. Kitchen Express, headed by President Abdinasir Ali Hassan, holds the main franchise rights for the two countries. Hass Petroleum operates more than 140 service stations in 10 African countries and, as stated in the expansion announcement, plans to leverage that footprint to introduce Papa John’s to customers.
Metro signed a master franchise agreement with Everstone Group, a private investment firm focused on cross-border North America-Asia investments and domestic investments in India and Southeast Asia, to develop restaurants in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Everstone has pledged to open more than 2,000 Subways in the three countries, which would more than triple the number of restaurants in 10 years from the nearly 700 locations currently open. Subway also has a new main franchise agreement for Saudi Arabia, signing an agreement with Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Company to open at least 145 restaurants. Alhokair, headed by CEO Marwan Moukarzel, is a massive group listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange and operating in various industries. It is one of the largest fashion retail operators in the Middle East with 2,000 stores in 13 countries across brands such as Zara, Banana Republic and Nine West, as well as numerous shopping malls in Saudi Arabia. and in Egypt. The company is also opening Club Pilates, YogaSix and other fitness concept locations after signing a franchise agreement with Xponential Fitness.
9Round’s push in Asia continues as the kickboxing fitness brand signed a master franchise agreement for South Korea. The deal will bring 40 gyms to the country and also expand the brand’s presence in the Middle East, as the main franchisee plans 160 locations in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
Xponential Fitness signed a master franchise agreement in New Zealand for the development of three of its brands: CycleBar, StretchLab and Rumble. The master franchisee there, Boutique Fitness Studios NZ, can license at least 30 studios to sub-franchisees. Boutique Fitness Studios NZ is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boutique Fitness Studios Pty Ltd., Xponential’s master franchisee in Australia for CycleBar, StretchLab and Rumble, headed by CEO Matt Gordin.