Chem-Dry executives have signed a master franchise agreement with an Indian entrepreneur based in the southeastern city of Chennai as it looks to gain a foothold in the world's second-most populous country. The company also is working to hook up with regional franchisees across the country.
The Gulch-based parent company of the Chem-Dry and N-Hance home repair brands posted some nice growth numbers in 2013. Harris Research brought on board more than 100 new Chem-Dry franchisees, the most in six years, and 86 N-Hance franchisees — the latter equating to 30-plus percent year-over-year growth. Company execs are especially pleased that more than 40 percent of new deals came from existing franchisees.
The operators of an ambitious fast-casual pizza restaurant chain based in Athens, Ga., want to open more than 80 restaurants across the Southeast in the next two years and say Middle Tennessee is a big part of those plans. Your Pie, which opened its first location in 2008, this summer received an equity investment from Georgia Oak Partners — looks like it was $1.5 million — and is targeting Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, Tampa and Birmingham for growth. The company already runs a restaurant on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro.
Of significance to potential single-unit operators is that Your Pie can accommodate smaller real estate sites due to its pizza oven being the only major piece of equipment, French said. The chain is starting to attract more attention from shopping center developers, who are beginning to understand fast-casual pizza more, he added.
Gulch-based cleaning services company Chem-Dry has signed agreements to expand its franchise network into Costa Rica and Ghana. The deals will take Chem-Dry into its 41st and 42nd countries around the world.
An Arizona-based franchisor of small chiropractic clinics has opened its first Middle Tennessee location in the Target-anchored shopping center on Old Hickory Boulevard at Interstate 65 in Brentwood. Owner Vince Grande and manager Chris Kemper plan to open another half dozen stores around the region.
The Joint provides convenient and affordable chiropractic care and offers unique monthly membership plans. The clinics are designed to allow patients to stop in, receive an adjustment by a certified chiropractor, and be out the door in about 10 minutes. Members of The Joint can receive these services at all of its nationwide locations.
Captain D's franchisee Bill Townsend, who runs a location in Murfreesboro and two in Alabama, has signed up to open four more locations for the growing restaurant chain in the next five years, including in Murfreesboro. Townsend, whose family has been in the restaurant business for three generations, has been in the Captain D’s system for 11 years and is a part of the company's President’s Advisory Council.