Bob Evans expects to remodel 90 restaurants in fiscal 2012 and 150-160 in fiscal 2013.
Buca di Beppo and General Growth Properties announced the scheduled opening of 10 Buca restaurants at malls owned by GGP during the summer of 2012.
Buffalo Wild Wings has selected eSite to provide support as the chain works toward a goal of having more than 1,000 restaurants by 2013.
Chick-fil-A plans to open 92 new locations in 2012 and remodel more than 300 existing locations.
CiCi’s Pizza plans to add 500 new restaurants by 2020; the company is actively seeking qualified multi-unit and single-unit operators to help grow the brand in Southern CA, the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and South FL, as well as select cities in TX and other regions across the nation
Corner Bakery Cafe reported that the following are key markets for expansion: the New York Metro area, Northern CA, Central and Northern FL, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Louisville, Columbus, Charlotte and Nashville.
Del Taco plans to open 60 restaurants in the metro Atlanta market.
Dunkin’ Donuts plans to add 11 stores in the Denver area and eight n El Paso, with the first opening as early as this year.
Energy Kitchen plans to open 21 new stores this year.
Famous Dave’s of America plans to open 15 units in 2012, including its first international location in Canada.
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill announced a partnership with Gemini Investors to grow the chain.
Hurricane Grill & Wings announced that it has signed up its first MN franchisee with plans to open its inaugural restaurant here in October.
Jack in the Box will makes its Ohio debut sometime this summer in the Cincinnati market; the chain plans to open 25 to 30 this year.
Panera Bread announced the opening of its 1,500th bakery-cafe and its first in Manhattan; the company plans to open 115-120 new units systemwide in 2012.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers expects to open 13-15 company-owned restaurants in 2012.
Schlotzsky’s is partnering with the Sac-N-Pac convenience store chain to open locations inside the stores; Schlotzsky’s plans to open 50-60 stores this year.
Sizzler announced a deal to develop five new restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and upgrade and remodel existing locations in Sacramento, Auburn, Pinole, Hayword and Santa Clara. Sizzler looks to continue its development in California and across the nation in a strategic expansion plan also targeting Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis.
The Briad Group announced a licensing agreement with Fox Restaurant Concepts to develop Zinburger locations in all 23 states east of the Mississippi.
Yard House expects to open five locations this year.


Belk Inc. plans to remodel approximately 30 stores in 2012. Belk will relocate two stores, one in WaynesvilleNC, and one in PensacolaFL, expand four locations, remodel 13 stores and partially remodel 10 more.

Cabela’s is unveiling expansion plans, including a new retail concept called Cabela’s Outpost. The first store with the new format is expected to open this fall in Union Gap, WA. The new stores are smaller, about 40,000 sq. ft., and will be built in currently underserved markets. The company is also expanding its next-generation stores, with five set to open in 2012, and with three scheduled to open in 2013: ColumbusOHGrandvilleMI, and LouisvilleKY.  The company will open a new store in TulalipWA, on April 19.

Converse Inc., a subsidiary of NIKE Inc., announced the opening of its first West Coast specialty retail store in Santa MonicaCA. The 7,000 sq. ft. location allows customers to design one-of-a-kind footwear, apparel and accessories.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. opened three new stores located in OhioFlorida and Utah, on March 7. The Ohio location is a relocated store, and is set to open at Applewood Commons. The Florida store will be located at Regions Bank Plaza in Fort Lauderdale. The Utah store will be located in St. George at Red Rock Commons.

J. Crew Group Inc. plans to open three new Canada stores. Two of the planned stores will open in spring 2012: a Vancouver store located at 1088 Robson St., and a second location in West Edmonton Mall. The third store will open in fall 2012 at the Eaton Centre in Toronto.

Gordman’s will open 3 new stores in Utah.

Neiman Marcus is opening in Long IslandNY. The new 100,000 sq. ft. building will be completed in 2015 at Garden City’s Roosevelt Field Mall.

Nordstrom Inc. recently announced plans to open 15 new stores in 2012. The first new store will be a full-line store that will open in Salt Lake CityUT on March 22. The 14 other stores will open under the retailer’s Nordstrom Rack banner in Seattle, WA; Boise, ID; Alpharetta, GA.; Farmington, CT.; Willow Grove, PA.; Long Island, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Manchester, MO; Orange, Temecula, and Huntington Beach, CA; San Diego, CA; Warwick, RI; and Tysons Corner, VA.

Rag & Bone opened it’s first-ever Boston store. Located at 111 Newbury St., the 2,300 sq. ft. space occupies three floors. Currently, Rag & Bone is searching for space in Los AngelesCA and has stores planned for New York’s Madison Avenue and London

Sears Canada Inc. plans to close three Sears locations by Oct. 31. The stores are located in Vancouver Pacific Centre in VancouverCalgary Chinook Centre in Calgary; and Ottawa Rideau Centre in Ottawa.

Stein Mart Inc. will open three new stores on March 15. The new stores will be located in IrvineCASuwaneeGA, and Sunset HillsMO. The Irvine store is a relocation of another store, and is part of The Market Place II shopping center. The Georgia store is located in the Johns Creek Town Center, and the Missouri store is part of The Plaza at Sunset Hills.

T.J.Maxx opened its first Marin County store in the 32,000 sq. ft. space that Borders occupied in San RafaelCA before closing last year.

UGG Australia plans to open its first men’s-only store on Madison Avenue 800-square-foot shop for men adjacent to its flagship store at 600 Madison Ave. in June.