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Vancouver, Washington-Take-and-bake pizza chain PapaMurphy's has tapped Grey Worldwide to launch a brandingcampaign for the company in tandem with plans to open 100 newstores by year's end. Grey Worldwide/San Francisco will be theagency of record for the pizza chain, which currently includes 650franchised and company-owned stores. -The Business Journalof Portland

St. Petersburg, Florida-Payless Car Rental System Inc.announced it had signed contracts for more than 10 new franchiselocations in the United States. The franchise openings in Miami;Miami Beach, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Chicago; Detroit;Nashville, Tennessee; and Puerto Rico are part of Payless' planto double its number of worldwide locations by the end of 2002.-The Business Journal of Portland

Denver-Family restaurant chain Village Inn announced thelaunch of the first phase of the most aggressive expansion plan inthe company's 43-year history. Experienced operators in therestaurant, hospitality and convenience store sectors are beingsought to help introduce the concept to select markets, includingthe District of Columbia, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina,Pennsylvania and Virginia. The chain plans to fully develop each ofthese markets within the next five to seven years. -Nichol& Company LTD.

Dallas-Aviation-themed chicken wing chain WingstopRestaurants has inked a development deal in Orlando, Florida. Thefranchisee, whose name has not yet been released by the company,hopes to open a store this fall. -Orlando BusinessJournal

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