Carrols Restaurant Group has agreed to merge with Cambridge Franchise Holdings in a $238 million deal that will add 166 Burger King locations and 55 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen units to Carrols' portfolio.

Carrols Restaurant Group is the biggest multi-unit franchisee for Burger King.

The merger will bring Carrols' total unit count to 1,070.


Neighborly has acquired Dream Doors, a kitchen makeover and bedroom wardrobe franchisor based in Portsmouth, England. The agreement covers 91 locally owned and operated franchise showrooms of Dream Doors, leaving Neighborly with eight brands and four campuses based in Europe. Dream Doors Founder and Chairman Troy Tappenden is stepping down, and the franchise network will continue to be overseen by Managing Director Philip Carr. The purchase increases Neighborly to 22 service brands, spanning nearly 3,700 franchise owners and more than 850 associates across nine countries.


I Heart Mac & Cheese has reached a 23-store development agreement with franchise group Manor 3. All 23 locations will open in Long Island, N.Y. Plans call for nine locations to open within the first three years; three in 2019, four in 2020 and two in 2021. Manor 3 is led by seasoned restaurant franchise operator Vinny Greco and his partner, Dan Dollard. Greco spent 25 years as the assistant equipment manager with the New York Mets before transitioning his career into the restaurant industry. For the past decade, he has owned and operated two Hurricane Grill and Wings locations in Long Island.


9Round Franchising has finalized plans for future development in the Republic of Ireland with partner Lift Brands. The first location in the country is projected to open in Cork by the end of the year. Lift Brands is the master license holder behind more than 75 international 9Round locations.


Office Evolution has opened a new location in Herndon, Va. Martin Gruszka is the owner of the new 6,400-square-foot center. Office Evolution has more than 60 locations open, with another 80 in various stages of development.


British Swim School has opened two new locations in Maryland, at the Sheraton BWI Airport Hotel and the BWI Marriott Hotel.


Brightway Insurance has opened eight new locations in recent weeks:

* Man Phung, second location at The Phung Agency in Austin, Texas

* Brandon and Jenn Kolk, Brightway, The Kolk Agency in Colorado Springs, Colo.


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