Belly Biscuit signed a five-unit development agreement with Miss Moon and Robert Estapa of Fresh Development One, which will be opening breakfast and brunch concept locations in the Atlanta area. Both have 20 years of restaurant experience, most notably as franchisees of Quiznos, Newk’s Eatery and Five Guys. They sold most of their other franchises to focus on Biscuit Belly, according to the company. In Tennessee, a joint venture agreement between the co-founders of Biscuit Belly and a group of investors led by Rick kueber, co-founder and CEO of Glow Brands, will bring five locations to Nashville. Glow Brands operates or franchises hundreds of locations through the Sun Tan City, Planet Fitness and Buff City Soap brands. The Nashville Investor Group also includes Rich Emmett, who previously held leadership roles at Papa John’s, Quiznos and Dunkin ‘Brands.
Loco El Pollo signed two multi-unit franchise agreements, both in the Denver area. LMU investments, whose partners own 18 El Pollo Loco restaurants in California and Utah, will open four units in eastern Denver. The first is scheduled for Peoria in 2022. West of Denver, franchisee Pikes Pollo Inc. will open four locations, adding to a portfolio that includes four restaurants in Southern California.
Brooklyn dumpling store signed its first agreement in Florida, where the franchisee Marc silverstone will open at least five slots of the automatic dumpling concept. It targets Orlando, Miami and surrounding areas for its restaurants. In a separate agreement, the brand signed with the franchisee Patrick fisher to bring at least five units to Atlanta.
Deli McAlister will continue to grow with one of its most important franchisees, signing an agreement for 32 units with The Saxton group. Based in Dallas and already operating 82 McAlister branches in six states, The Saxton Group will open its new restaurants over the next seven years in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The group, led by co-CEOs Adam and Matt Saxton, also recently signed on to become the first franchisees of Jaggers, a fast-paced and laid-back concept of Texas Roadhouse.
Bad Ass Coffee from Hawaii signed its largest development contract, for 18 new stores in Tennessee, its first in the state. The franchisee, based in Nashville Rothwell Development Corporation, is expected to open 12 units in the greater Nashville area, four in Knoxville and two in Gatlinburg. Cody Rothwell, president of Rothwell Development, has a background in construction as a general contractor.
Pilates Club has signed a multi-unit, multi-region franchise agreement which is one of the largest in the company’s history. Franchise David Schuck, which has seven studios, will open another 16 locations in the Apollo Beach and Hunters Creek markets in Central Florida and in Pearland, Greatwood and Jersey Village in Texas. Schuck, franchisee of Club Pilates since 2016, has also acquired 13 studios in Dallas, Houston, Greensboro, North Carolina and Florida.
American freight, which signed its first franchisees earlier this year, will have new locations in the Chicago market after signing a three-unit deal with Mohamed atieh. A multi-unit operator, Atieh also has 7-Eleven, Sprint and Seafood Junction locations in its portfolio.
Chick Chicken Salad to expand its presence in Texas by signing an eight-unit development agreement with a group of franchisees OberRoc to open restaurants in the greater San Antonio area. OberRoc, run by James Oberg, Jeff Rochelle and George Shaw, is also a multi-unit Freddy’s operator and sits at # 200 on the Franchise Times Restaurant 200 ranking of the largest restaurant franchisees. Its development of Chicken Salad Chick includes Bexar, Kendall, Comal and Hayes counties.
Dad johns signed the largest domestic development agreement in the brand’s history with a franchisee of equal stature. Guillermo Perales, Dallas founder Sun Holdings, will open 100 new Papa John’s stores across Texas by 2029. Sun Holdings, No. 7 in the Times Restaurant 200 Franchise with $ 919.5 million in sales in 2020, is a franchisee of Burger King, Popeyes, Arby’s, T -Mobile, McAlister’s Deli, IHOP and GNC with 1,000 locations in 12 states. It is also the franchisor of Taco Bueno.
Hounds Town United States signed a three-unit agreement with Rob taylor to open dog day care franchise locations in the Denver metro area. Taylor is a former veterinary medical product sales representative and now director of franchise development at Raintree Sales, a franchise sales and development company.
Fleet Clean United States, a franchise for washing vehicles for mobile fleets, has signed three multi-unit development agreements. John and Rommany Chanthavong will open Fleet Clean units in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia, and their territory also covers parts of North Carolina. In Nashville, franchisee Owen Slaughter is taking over a Fleet Clean corporate location and will also have a multi-unit operation covering 11 metropolitan area counties. Still in Tennessee, Jenn and Kyle McElhaney signed to open a multi-unit operation in the Memphis metro.
Marco’s pizza signed a development agreement to open 15 new restaurants in Florida by the end of 2024. Existing franchisee MPZ Holdings, which has 21 Marco’s locations in South Carolina and Georgia, will open restaurants in the greater Tampa area. It has signed two leases, in Tarpon Springs and Dundee, and aims to open five locations per year, targeting Oldsmar, Winter Haven and St. Petersburg.
Drill nails, a men’s care concept, signed a two-unit agreement in Ohio with Ryan darner, which plans to open in Centerville, a suburb of Dayton, and in Powell, a suburb of Columbus. Darner’s background is in finance, investments and real estate.
Twin peaks, which was recently acquired by FAT Brands, signed an area development agreement with an existing franchise partner Carolyn Vangelos, along with her husband and business partner, Andy Bayless, and real estate developer and franchise partner Jay Schneider, to expand the trio’s AZ Peaks restaurant portfolio in the greater Phoenix area. AZ Peaks, a Twin Peaks franchisee since 2012 and now with four locations in Arizona, will open three new units as part of the agreement.
Furnishings of the boyfriend’s house signed a development agreement with Loren Pierce, which will open eight branches of the option-to-buy retailer in Georgia. Pierce is the Founder and CEO of Pierce Pharmacy Management, which includes over 20 retail pharmacies, sustainable medical equipment, drug wholesalers and florists. Pierce plans to open its stores over the next three years in Jackson, McDonough, Covington, Monroe, Winder, Athens and Milledgeville.
D1 training, a fitness franchise focused on athletic training, expands in Arkansas after signing of two-unit agreement with existing franchisees Steve snider and Todd farnsworth. The duo have already opened two locations, in Little Rock and Rogers, Arkansas, and will soon expand D1 Training to Bentonville and Fayetteville.
Capriotti sandwich shop is expected to have 10 locations in Charlotte, North Carolina and South Carolina under a franchise agreement with David Froman and Todd Guéar. Their first restaurant is slated to open this month in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Batteries Plus signed a four-unit agreement with Equicorp Partners to open new stores in the Atlanta and Athens area. Equicorp, a multi-unit franchise developer and private investment firm with experience in Arby’s (13 units), City Barbeque and Café Rio, also purchased four existing Batteries Plus locations.
ISI Elite training, a fitness boutique concept based on athletic training, is expanding in Scottsdale, Ariz., where it has signed a six-unit deal with Eric and Shannon Jenkins. Both were members of the ISI site in Myrtle Beach, SC, before moving to the Phoenix area.
International Development News
Phoenix Suites-Salon opened its first UK site, Manchester, England, as part of a 75-unit deal with a development group Phenix LTD-United Kingdom. The group will open Phenix units in the UK and Ireland, assisted by Phenix European Operations Director John Gillespie.
7 eleven signed a master franchise agreement with Electra consumer products develop and operate 7-Eleven convenience stores in Israel. Electra is a subsidiary of ELCO Ltd., an Israeli company with a multi-faceted business portfolio including construction, consumer electronics and entertainment. The expansion marks the brand’s entry into Israel.