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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Honey Baked Ham Company Announces Branding Refresh

The Honey Baked Ham Company plans a total brand refresh, which includes an updated brand identity and new menu items.

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Papa John’s Opens in Kazakhstan

As part of its continuing expansion plans in Central Asia, Papa John’s opened its first restaurant in Kazakhstan, in Almaty, in August with franchisee PJ Western.

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MOD Pizza Goes All-In for Texas

Seattle-based fast-casual MOD Pizza is slated to open a total of four Dallas-Fort Worth area stores by the end of 2018. MOD currently has more than 40 locations across Texas. The DFW locations will cover roughly 2,800 square feet each and will include outdoor patios.

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