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The Melting Pot goes global with Indonesia location

BY Dan Berthiaume

Tampa, Fla. – The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. has opened its first restaurant outside of North America in Jakarta, Indonesia. The latest opening comes on the heels of the company announcing its plans for continued international expansion.

The Melting Pot is on track to open its first restaurants in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia later in 2015, as well as its fourth location in Mexico City, Mexico.

The Jakarta restaurant is one of five restaurants to be built in Indonesia by Ramon Liando. The second restaurant is also slated to open in Jakarta by 2016.

As part of its international development, The Melting Pot is focusing its expansion efforts in target markets such as Hong Kong and cities throughout Brazil, Canada, India, Japan and South Korea. Domestically, the company is seeking new franchisees in markets, including Anchorage, Alaska; Dallas; Hartford, Connecticut; and Los Angeles, Memphis and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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McAlister’s Deli sees rising Phoenix franchise opportunity

BY Dan Berthiaume

Alpharetta, Ga. – McAlister's Deli is targeting Phoenix for franchise growth. The fast-casual dining chain is seeking experienced multi-unit restaurant operators to help expand McAlister's presence in the market through multi-unit development agreements in areas such as Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale and Goodyear.

McAlister's experienced strong franchise growth in 2014, opening 19 new restaurants and expanding to several new markets, including Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Evansville, Indiana; Pooler, Georgia; and The Villages, Florida. In addition to Phoenix, McAlister's is currently seeking qualified franchisees to expand the brand in states such as New York; Pennsylvania; Ohio; Virginia; Michigan; Illinois; Minnesota; Iowa; Wisconsin; Florida and Georgia.

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Pirch enters the Northeast, opens 20,000-sq.-ft. store at Garden State Plaza

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — High-end home appliances and outfitting retailer Pirch will open its first store in the Northeast, at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, on March 28.

The 20,000-sq.-ft. store, the company’s eighth to date, allows shoppers to "test-drive" a carefully-curated collection of premier kitchen, bath, laundry, and outdoor living brands in a highly interactive and sensory environment.

As it has on previous locations, Pirch collaborated with Fitch on the interior architecture and design of the Paramus location. The space will echo Pirch’s previous stores with its signature "try before you buy" concept that features functional vignettes with live cooktops, ovens, refrigerators and grills, as well as working showers, sinks and baths – all presented in a warm and welcoming space.

"We are thrilled to welcome the first Pirch store in the North East to Westfield Garden State Plaza," said Greg Miles, Westfield's U.S. chief operating officer. "This innovative and creative new kitchen, bath and outdoor home concept enhances and personalizes the shopping experience for all customers with its interactive showrooms, affording greater access and product information for the professional and consumer alike.”

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