Albany Times Union:

Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc, the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event, is expanding. The company has added seven new franchises this year and currently has 124 franchises in 24 states and projects that gross sales will top $22 million dollars in 2012.

The company’s expansion is part of a national trend of more entrepreneurs seeking out franchise opportunities. The Franchise Business Index predicts the number of franchises will increase 1.6 percent this year and economic output growth will rise 5 percent, and are expected to add 160,000 jobs. In 2011, franchises accounted for $2.1 trillion output in the United States.

Just Between Friends is welcoming new franchises in North Austin, Texas; Olympia, Washington; Salem, Oregon; Des Moines, Iowa; North Little Rock, Arkansas; Lower Buck, Pennsylvania and Bremerton, Washington.