Established in 2017, Woven Brands had been self-funded until now. The company’s software platform helps franchisee operators and multi-unit independent operators more easily manage their staff and operations.
Indianapolis-based Lawn Pride acquired by home-service franchisor
Lawn Pride Inc., which was founded 40 years ago by its CEO, will become the latest franchise brand for Waco, Texas-based Neighborly Inc.Read More
East Coast wing chain planning multiple locations in Indianapolis area
Atomic Wings, a fast-casual chicken wing chain, plans to makes its Midwest debut in Indiana after signing a 10-unit development deal with an Indianapolis-based businessman who is well-acquainted with operating restaurant franchises.Read More
Sonic Drive-In plans three new area locations, beginning in Westfield
The fast-food chain is getting set to add a Hamilton County presence to a local roster that includes existing Sonics in Avon, Camby, Greenwood and Plainfield.Read More
IBJ Podcast: These women wanted a mid-life career change—and bought franchises
The owner of The Human Bean in Indianapolis and Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh in Zionsville tell host Mason King about the biggest hurdles they faced launching a restaurant (think rising labor costs and supply chain troubles) and why they don’t regret their mid-life career changes.Read More
Planned closures on the south side of Indianapolis and in Zionsville will leave Books & Brews with just two locations, down from 10 in 2019.
The Utah-based gourmet cookie franchise arrived in Indiana with five stores in 2021, starting with a Fishers location a year ago.
A Carmel couple intends to open four more learn-to-swim pool facilities, with Avon on deck after Noblesville.
Denver-based RE/MAX LLC and RE/MAX Integrated Regions LLC filed a complaint in federal court last month against James “Jimmy” Dulin and The Hamilton Group Inc., which does business as RE/MAX Ability Plus.
Burbank-based Jinya Ramen Bar said it has signed a deal with a franchisee to open two local restaurants early next year.
The Carmel-based franchisee for the line of sprawling indoor golf and entertainment centers says he’s already looking ahead to additional stores, maybe one in downtown Indianapolis.
This will be the first Indiana location for Pickleman’s, a Missouri-based chain with 24 locations. The local franchisees plan to open a total of four Indianapolis-area stores over the next four years.
This will be Rise’n Roll’s fifth Indianapolis-area location, in addition to stores in Broad Ripple, Fishers, Greenwood and Avon.
Stretch Zone opened its first of three planned new Indiana franchises in Zionsville last month. Fishers resident Ben Smith, who co-owns the franchise with former NFL star Drew Brees, said he’s hoping to eventually open locations across the state.
The Marion County Health Department forced the Baskin-Robbins in Broad Ripple to close last week because of a malfunctioning air conditioner. The shop’s owner said he has no plans to reopen.
The Canada-based hair styling chain specializes in wash and blow-dry services and special-occasion hairstyling. It has more than 100 locations, but none in Indiana so far.
A Fort Wayne-based franchise group that operates 45 Pizza Hut locations, including some in Hamilton and Boone counties, has signed a deal to open 15 Dave’s Hot Chicken locations in Indiana. Most are expected to be in the Indy-area market.
The Fishers shop opens this week, to be followed later this year by locations in Indianapolis, Greenwood, Carmel and Zionsville.
Jeff Meyer is turning the former Boys & Girls Club at 1700 Conner St. into his company’s headquarters. And he plans to keep things rolling by opening another eight to 10 stores by the end of 2023.
The building, which formerly served as the post exchange for soldiers stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison, was offered for sale by the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority this week. Also this week: Tru by Hilton, Culver’s and more.
Detail Garage, a California-based retail chain, will open a franchised store in Plainfield on Friday. It’s the first in Indiana for the fast-growing retail arm of Chemical Guys, which makes a line of car detailing products.
The Human Bean, which opened its first shop in 1998, is coming to Westfield. The local franchisee said he’s scouting Hamilton County for more sites. Also this week: Noble Roman’s, Big Woods and more.
The Beech Grove location’s owner, Fishers-based CMR Partners LLP, has also closed its three other Ponderosa locations since mid-July.
The new franchisee for the 16 Popeyes locations is Cincinnati-based Gilligan Co., which operates convenience stores and quick-service restaurants including Subway and Dunkin Donuts.