Corporate Operations


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    Starbucks, Amazon Go open cashierless store concept in NYC

    The two plan to open additional stores in 2022, as more retailers experiment with grab-and-go technology. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Nov. 19, 2021
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    Sweetgreen goes public with $364M IPO

    The fast casual company, which isn't yet profitable, plans to use technology to increase restaurant-level margins and average unit volumes.

    By Nov. 18, 2021
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    McDonald's duets with Mariah Carey to celebrate the holidays

    In a tie-up with the "All I Want For Christmas Is You" singer, the chain will supercharge its celebrity-powered efforts through 12 days of free items.

    By Chris Kelly • Nov. 12, 2021
  • Panera Brands plans to go public

    Danny Meyer's special purpose acquisition company, USHG Acquisition Corp., will become a cornerstone investor in Panera Brands and Meyer will invest directly in the company once it goes public. 

    By Nov. 9, 2021
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    P.F. Chang's wants to offer self-delivery nationwide by 2023

    Candice Barnett, VP of off-premise dining, discusses how the service is performing and why staffing a delivery fleet is worth it despite labor pressures. 

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    McDonald's powers up 'Friendsgaming' livestream with FaZe Clan to unite gamers

    As part of the event riffing on the Friendsgiving concept, the duo created a merchandise pack of co-branded gaming gear and DoorDash delivery codes.

    By Peter Adams • Nov. 2, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Why franchisors are targeting Texas and Florida

    A friendly business environment, strong population growth and lax COVID-19 restrictions have made the two states popular for franchise expansion.

    By Nov. 1, 2021
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    Emerging technologies call for robust data network

    Data-driven decisions will expand beyond sales and staffing applications to guest services, supply-chain logistics and menu development, allowing restaurants to adapt what to sell in real-time as demand dictates.

    Nov. 1, 2021
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    KFC scores new CMO with Nintendo's Nick Chavez

    With more than 11 years at Nintendo of America, the executive has deep industry knowledge that reflects the growing importance of gaming and digital to consumer-facing brands.

    By Chantal Tode • Oct. 29, 2021
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    McDonald's workers strike in protest of alleged sexual harassment

    The fast food chain has been embroiled in controversy regarding its culture for some time.

    By Kathryn Moody • Oct. 28, 2021
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    Starbucks will raise hourly wage floor to $15 a year ahead of schedule

    The coffee chain's U.S. workers will be paid $15 to $23 an hour next summer, with an average of nearly $17. 

    By Oct. 28, 2021
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    Q&A

    How McAlister's plans to become a $1B brand by 2024

    Chief Brand Officer Mike Freeman discusses how franchisees are supporting the deli chain's growth goal to reach over 650 units.

    By Oct. 28, 2021
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    Dig raises $65M to fuel expansion, employee benefits

    The vegetable-centric restaurant plans to use the funding to reopen units closed during the pandemic and add locations in new markets, growing from 30 to 60 units in the next three years. 

    By Oct. 27, 2021
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    Zaxby's taps former El Pollo Loco chief as CEO

    Bernard Acoca will take the helm of the chicken chain in January, and co-founder and current CEO Zach McLeroy will transition to chairman.

    By Oct. 26, 2021
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    Sweetgreen expects to double its footprint as a public company

    The fast casual chain, which had 140 locations as of the end of September, expects to diversify its real estate with drive-thru and pickup only locations. 

    By Oct. 26, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Franchisees are flocking to fast casuals to grow. Here's why.

    As the segment shows greater resiliency compared to casual dining, restaurant operators are making deals for expansion, taking advantage of a real estate surplus and rebounding traffic.

    By Oct. 25, 2021
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    Portillo's eyes 600 units following its $405M IPO

    CEO Michael Osanloo said the Chicago-based chain's new capital structure allows it to pay off significant debt, and it expects to open locations in nearby Midwestern states and the Sunbelt.

    By Oct. 22, 2021
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    Panera aims to be carbon negative by 2050

    The chain also unveiled a slate of sustainability goals for 2025, including more reusable packaging and renewable energy.

    By Oct. 20, 2021
  • McDonald's US corporate stores reach gender pay parity

    The burger giant currently pays women globally 99.85 cents on the dollar for similar work completed by men, but expects to hit pay parity worldwide in 2022.

    By Oct. 19, 2021
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    Restaurants are plotting aggressive franchise expansion. Here's where — and why.

    Surging diner demand, strong franchising sales and second-generation real estate left by shuttered eateries have created a market primed for expansion, with chains targeting Southern states with lax COVID-19 rules.

    By Oct. 18, 2021
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    El Pollo Loco CEO resigns

    Bernard Acoca leaves his position after three and a half years, during which time he oversaw a rebrand, two restaurant redesigns and a push into digital platforms and innovations.

    By Oct. 15, 2021
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    Chick-fil-A customers sue chain over 'deceitful' delivery costs

    The proposed class action lawsuit claims that though the QSR promised a flat, low-price delivery fee of $2.99 to $3.99, it charged 25% to 30% more for food ordered online for delivery than food ordered in-store or for pickup. 

    By Oct. 13, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    Can QSRs meet marketing's new imperatives without alienating franchisees?

    National brand building is often in conflict with the needs of local operators — a dichotomy that has only become more apparent in the past 18 months.

    By Chris Kelly • Oct. 12, 2021
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    Chipotle agrees to $8M settlement in manager trainee classification suit

    If approved by a court, the agreement — the latest in a string of labor-related settlements at the chain — will end nine years of litigation.

    By Kate Tornone • Oct. 7, 2021
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    Half of Raising Cane's corporate staff will work in restaurants to fight labor shortage

    Office workers will also help with store-level recruitment as the chicken chain aims to hire 10,000 hourly employees in the next 50 days.

    By Updated Oct. 6, 2021