Ask growing restaurant chains such as Freshii, Checkers and Straw Hat Pizza where they are expanding, and their collective answers offer a picture of some of the hottest retail markets in the country: Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, San Jose, Calif., Baltimore and Philadelphia. 
 These cities are among the top 10 markets where the climate is healthiest for retailers in 2011, according to the recently released U.S. National Retail Report, a publication by Chain Links Retail ...

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