Home Franchise Concepts has opened a new headquarters in Irvine, Calif. The space is designed for continued growth of its franchise brands, including Budget Blinds, Concrete Craft and Tailored Living.

The more than 38,000-square-foot location offers more space for training, support and education facilities. The Home Franchise Concepts franchise network involves 1,400 franchisees operating in 10,000 cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

McDonald's restaurants in the UK and Ireland are planning to transition completely to paper straws in 2019. This move supports McDonald's goal to source 100 percent of packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025 and to have recycling in all restaurants globally.

UFC Gym is partnering with NF Fitness to bring 15 UFC Gym locations to Singapore, beginning in 2019. The 15 locations will be a mix of the traditional UFC Gym concepts and Class by UFC Gym studios, the brand's new boutique fitness concept.

Tim Hortons is expanding and modernizing its Canadian distribution network as part of a long-term multiyear plan. The plan includes the construction of two new warehouse facilities--one in Alberta and one in British Columbia--and the significant expansion of an existing warehouse in Debert, Nova Scotia.

MITcon, IFA's annual Franchise Marketing Innovation & Technology Conference, is set for Oct. 17-19 in Austin, Texas. The event, formerly known as FranTech, still has the same goal of teaching franchise professionals how to elevate their business through technology. Learn more at

OXXO Care Cleaners is expanding operations in Orlando, Fla. Orlando franchise owner Reny Balsa, a food industry professional from Venezuela, said that when...

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