Slim Chickens Targets Non-Traditional Unit Growth

With more than 75 units, “better chicken” chain Slim Chickens has started to expand globally — with units in the U.K. and Kuwait — and now targets non-traditional locations, such as airports and universities.

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Baskin-Robbins Expands Toronto Area Presence

Ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins signed 18 new store development agreements with six new and existing franchise groups to expand the chain’s footprint in the Greater Toronto area.

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Pie Five Pizza Opens First Rhode Island Unit

Fast-casual Pie Five Pizza will open its first Rhode Island location inside the Tiverton Casino Hotel in Tiverton.

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Wetzel’s Pretzels Opens First Location in China

Wetzel’s Pretzels opened its first Chinese location in Shanghai’s Réel Mall in June. The location is the first of three units that are slated to open in 2018 and the launch of a plan to open 50 units in China by 2021.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery Opens in Italy

Starbucks opened its first location in Italy, a Reserve Roastery in Milan, located inside the historic Poste building in Piazza Cordusio. The coffee behemoth plans to bring additional cafes to Milan beginning in late 2018.

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Sauce on the Side Opens First Franchised Unit

St. Louis, Mo.-based fast-casual Sauce on the Side opened its first franchised location.

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