Shipley Do-Nuts to Open First New Orleans-Area Location

Houston — Shipley Do-Nuts recently celebrated the much-anticipated opening of its first location in the New Orleans area in historic Old Metairie, La. The company will continue to expand in Louisiana and has plans to enter Lafayette and Baton Rouge in the next 12 months.

Jersey Mike’s Adds to Real Estate Team

Manasquan, N.J. — Jersey Mike's Subs has added two new members to its real estate team: Paul Williams as director of real estate for South Central markets and Cortney Rickle as director of real estate, Northeast. Following the opening of 170 stores in 2017, Jersey Mike's is on the fast track to develop more than 200 stores this year.

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen to Open at OWA In Foley, Alabama

Savannah, Ga. — Paula Deen and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians plan to open Paula Deen's Family Kitchen at OWA, an entertainment destination in Foley, Ala. OWA, located minutes from Coastal Alabama's beaches, spans 520 acres and includes a 21-ride amusement park, an indoor arcade, a 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites, 16 outdoor Sports Fields, 65,000-square-foot indoor event center, and 168,000 square feet of retail and dining opportunities.

16 McDonald’s Upgrade 41 Blink EV Charging Stations

San Francisco — The San Francisco Bay Area will now have access to 41 enhanced industry-leading electric vehicle (EV) charging stations owned, operated and provided by Blink Charging Co. at 16 area McDonald’s restaurants. These stations are an additional example of Bay Area McDonald’s commitment to sustainability. In January, McDonald’s announced new packaging and recycling goals, and in March, McDonald’s became the first restaurant company to set an approved science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Plans 8 New Locations in Indianapolis

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the country, has signed a franchise development agreement to expand its presence in Indiana. Existing franchisees David and Ruth Buko, alongside first-time Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisee James Volpert, will be developing eight cafes throughout the Indianapolis area, with the first two locations expected to open in Hamilton and Boone counties in 2019.

Subway® Restaurants' CEO to Retire

Milford, Conn. — Suzanne Greco, chief executive officer of Subway®, plans to retire at the end of June. Subway® has appointed Trevor Haynes, chief business development officer, as interim CEO, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company, effective May 2, 2018.

KFC’s Bold Climb

After more than 10 years of downsizing, KFC is on the way back up — with a colorful, creative new prototype that speaks to a new generation.

P.F. Chang’s Opens its First Restaurant in China

Scottsdale, Ariz. — P.F. Chang’s, the full-service Asian restaurant industry leader, has opened its first restaurant in China at the No1 Mall on the iconic Nanjing Road in Shanghai. P.F. Chang’s currently owns and operates more than 300 restaurants in 23 countries and territories.

Rise Biscuits Donuts Signs Multi-Unit Deal in Kansas City

Durham, N.C. — Rise Biscuits Donuts, a fast growing biscuits and donuts chain, has signed a five-unit franchise deal for the greater Kansas City area. The upcoming Kansas City locations — expected to be on both sides of the Missouri and Kansas state lines — will be the first to hit the Midwest.

Dunkin’ Donuts Plans 7 New Restaurants in Montgomery, Alabama

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisees Lagunita Franchise Operations, LLC (LFO). Over the next several years, the franchisee group is planning to open seven new restaurants throughout Montgomery, Ala. The first two locations are scheduled to open in 2019.

Edible® International Names New Chief Operating Officer

Wallingford, Conn.— John Merkin has been named COO of Edible® International (Edible®). In this role, he will oversee all franchise operations for the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. Merkin will also oversee Edible's® supply chain organization.

Chicken Express Selects Revention as a Preferred POS Provider

Houston — Chicken Express, with more than 250 locations in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, has selected Revention as a preferred point-of-sale (POS) provider. Chicken Express was established in 1988 by Richard and Nancy Stuart's Stuart Group Inc. The first restaurant opened in 1988 in Benbrook, Texas.

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