Corporate Operations

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    McDonald's stockholders vote for independent civil rights audit

    The proposal for an independent civil rights audit — which goes against the company's recommendation — won a 52% to 47% vote.

    By May 27, 2022
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    Subway to shift franchisee focus to multi-unit operators

    While Subway has historically worked with single-unit owners, it wants to add well-capitalized, experienced operators to its system to focus on quality over quantity. 

    By May 27, 2022
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    Wendy's largest shareholder proposes to buy company

    Trian Partners and billionaire owner Nelson Peltz told the chain's board of directors Tuesday that Trian would explore an acquisition, merger or other transaction in which it would own the company.

    By May 25, 2022
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    Starbucks to exit Russia and help its workers find new jobs

    While the chain suspended operations at its 130 licensed locations in early March, it said Monday that it would no longer have a presence in Russia. 

    By May 23, 2022
  • How Wingstop is taking control of its poultry supply chain

    The company is considering joint ventures with suppliers, acquiring a poultry complex or building its own plant to secure more predictable food costs.

    By May 18, 2022
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    Brinker CEO to retire in June

    KFC U.S. President and Chief Concept Officer Kevin Hochman will take over for Wyman Roberts, who has been with Brinker for 17 years. 

    By May 17, 2022
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    McDonald's offloads Russian restaurants to licensee for undisclosed price

    Alexander Govor, who operated 25 units in Siberia, will run the locations under a new brand and retain McDonald's employees for at least two years.  

    By Updated May 19, 2022
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    Chipotle CFO doesn't rule out more food inflation despite pause

    Finance chief Jack Hartung said the chain has raised prices about 10% for the 12 months through Q1 compared to 2% in a typical year.

    By Maura Webber Sadovi • May 12, 2022
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    Reef cuts 5% of workforce amid expansion

    The ghost kitchen firm says the layoffs are needed to adapt to disruptions in unspecified sectors, according to an internal memo.

    By May 9, 2022
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    Papa Johns adds ESG incentives to compensation

    The chain will tie corporate bonuses to workforce diversity, clean ingredients and environmental impact metrics following similar announcements from Wendy's, McDonald's, Starbucks and Chipotle.

    By May 5, 2022
  • Denny's preps for growth as it hires Kelli Valade as CEO

    Red Lobster's former CEO will oversee several initiatives, including an $82.5 million acquisition of a Florida breakfast concept, tech upgrades and expansion of ghost kitchens. 

    By May 4, 2022
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    McDonald's: Shuttered Ukraine, Russia restaurants cost $127M in Q1

    Supply chain inventory "that will likely be disposed of" represents $100 million of that sum, while $27 million went toward continued employee salaries, lease and supplier payments.

    By April 29, 2022
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    How Domino's plans to get its US business back on track

    After reporting negative same-store sales during the first quarter, the company is looking to boost menu pricing, lean into third-party call centers and offer delivery drivers more flexibility.

    By April 29, 2022
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    Chipotle CEO: Chain nearly halfway to goal of 7K North American stores

    The fast casual chain continues its expansion tear despite labor shortage challenges, construction delays and inflation, and 80% of new units built in 2022 will feature a Chipotlane. 

    By April 27, 2022
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    Starbucks hires McDonald's alum as CTO

    Deb Hall Lefevre joins the coffee chain on May 2, marking Starbucks' third executive change since Howard Schultz became interim CEO on April 4.

    By April 26, 2022
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    White Castle plans takeout-only unit next to its busiest restaurant

    The new 1,800-square-foot unit in Orlando, Florida, will only offer pickup and delivery for digital orders as off-premise restaurant demand holds steady.

    By April 22, 2022
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    Papa Johns taps Inspire, Domino's alum as chief restaurant officer

    Joe Sieve will oversee the pizza chain's operations for both company-owned and franchised units in North America. 

    By April 20, 2022
  • Denny's CEO to retire amid growing exodus of restaurant chiefs

    The casual chain is currently searching for a replacement for John Miller, who will step down later in 2022 after 11 years. 

    By April 8, 2022
  • Red Lobster CEO resigns after less than a year

    Kelli Valade, who joined the company in August, recruited a new CFO and expanded the executive team with newly created roles of CMO and CIO.

    By April 5, 2022
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    Hardee's, Carl's Jr. parent names ex-Caribou exec as CFO

    CKE is one of the latest QSRs to launch a digital loyalty program, an offering that has emerged as a key area of competition. 

    By Kaishi Chhabra • April 1, 2022
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    Gopuff laying off 3% of its global workforce

    The rapidly expanding company is cutting hundreds of positions as it faces funding challenges and a need to realign as a global business.

    By Jeff Wells • April 1, 2022
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    Papa John's refranchises 90 units in Texas with Sun Holdings

    The move will give Sun Holdings, which will open 100 new Papa John's units in Texas by 2029, the scale to support new restaurant development.

    By March 31, 2022
  • Red Lobster snares restaurant exec for CIO role

    IT veteran Cijoy Olickal joined the company Monday and will report directly to CEO Kelli Valade.

    By Roberto Torres • March 30, 2022
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    Sbarro will open 100-plus units with c-store focus in 2022

    The pizza chain's franchising partnerships will place the brand in Village Pantry, Turkey Hill and KwikShop locations.

    By March 25, 2022
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    Sweetgreen to open first drive-thru in Chicago suburb

    The fast casual's first drive-thru for digital pickup orders, dubbed "Sweetlane," is part of its strategy to test new store concepts and bolster online sales.

    By March 24, 2022