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    Pretzelmaker opens first drive-thru

    The Mason City, Iowa unit will include the chain’s Fresh Twist brand menu, which launched in 2018 to meet demand for breakfast and late-night options. 

    By March 21, 2023
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    Survey: 66% of franchisees feel optimistic about business

    Changing consumer preferences may push franchisees to invest in store remodels and digital ordering and delivery systems, TD Bank found in a survey.

    By March 21, 2023
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    Rise and shine: Why breakfast chains are booming

    Early bird foot traffic from remote and hybrid workers is boosting same-store sales growth at A.M. eateries, fueling sizable expansion pipelines.

    By March 21, 2023
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    McDonald’s franchisee declares bankruptcy following rape lawsuit

    Rice Enterprises filed for Chapter 11 protections over a year after it was sued over an alleged rape of a 14-year-old employee by a manager. 

    By March 20, 2023
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    Steele Brands’ 250-unit pipeline will take it nationwide

    After consumer interest in health food boomed following the COVID-19 pandemic, the holding company accelerated franchising of its Crisp & Green concept, which will soon operate in 25 states.

    By March 17, 2023
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    Popeyes franchisee files for bankruptcy following founder’s death

    Premier Cajun Kings marks the third franchisee within the Restaurant Brands International’s system to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this year.

    By March 16, 2023
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    Hawaiian Bros signs first multi-unit franchise deal for 75 units

    The roughly 30-unit fast casual chain will more than double its unit count in a deal with Stine Enterprises to open restaurants in Arizona and North Texas.

    By Updated March 15, 2023
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    Potbelly secures first refranchising agreement

    The deal with United One Group, which includes eight refranchised units, will add another 13 new restaurants to New York City by 2031.

    By March 13, 2023
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    How Dave’s Hot Chicken grew from 2 units to 118 in just 3 years

    The chicken brand’s meteoric rise is driven by a national supply chain deal, an emphasis on recruiting highly experienced operators and strong word of mouth.

    By March 10, 2023
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    Second major Burger King franchisee declares bankruptcy

    Meridian Restaurants Unlimited, which operates over 115 Burger Kings in nine states, cited rising costs and decreased foot traffic as the main drivers of profitability and cash flow trouble.

    By March 9, 2023
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    How Applebee’s new president plans to revive franchisee development

    With high costs hurting potential ROI on new builds, Tony Moralejo wants to save with a new kitchen prototype and franchisee incentives.

    By March 7, 2023
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    Restaurant unit counts up 18K compared to 2020

    Despite the growth noted by NPD Group, only about one-third of QSRs and fast casual operators are likely to open new units this year, NRA research finds. 

    By March 6, 2023
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    Wendy’s offers franchisees reduced royalty rate, slashes fees on new restaurants

    The Pacesetter program, which waives a $50,000 technical assistance fee and offers discounts on royalty and marketing contributions, will shorten the amount of time it takes operators to make back their investments.

    By March 3, 2023
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    Bonchon to double US presence within 5 years

    The Korean fried chicken chain, which has over 120 domestic units, has a pipeline of 100 units. 

    By March 3, 2023
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    How Wetzel’s Pretzels built a pipeline to reach 400 units this year

    CEO Jennifer Schuler discusses the chain’s strategy of opening units inside c-stores and large retailers like Walmart and Macy’s.

    By March 1, 2023
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    Tijuana Flats halves franchise fee, targets 50 openings by 2025

    The Tex-Mex chain will offer royalty fees starting at 1% that ramp up in subsequent years as it seeks multi-unit operators and growth in the Southeast. 

    By March 1, 2023
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    Chicken Salad Chick targets 35 openings in 2023

    The fast casual chain, which reported a 20% jump in systemwide sales, saw a 10% increase in unit count last year. 

    By Feb. 28, 2023
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    Twin Peaks hires VP to support franchise development

    Ray Bodnar, formerly of Captain D’s and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, will oversee franchising efforts as Twin Peaks looks to boost U.S. and international growth.

    By Feb. 27, 2023
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    Little Caesars signs 10-unit NYC franchise deal

    The pizza chain is seeking multi-unit operators as it targets growth in the New York City area over the next few years. 

    By Feb. 24, 2023
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    Rush Bowls to triple store count with 100-unit pipeline

    The healthy food brand, which has over 30 locations, will focus on organic growth and expansion within its existing markets. 

    By Feb. 24, 2023
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    CA bill would establish joint franchisor-franchisee liability for QSRs

    AB 1228 reopens the legislative fight between fast food groups and organized labor as both prepare for a protracted referendum campaign. 

    By Feb. 22, 2023
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    How Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe grew from a craving to an expanding chain

    Co-founders Allison and Ivan Chavez aim to scale the restaurant company from 12 to 100 U.S. locations by 2031.

    By Feb. 17, 2023
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    Burger King is fighting to boost sales, restaurant margins

    The chain says its $400 million Reclaim The Flame brand overhaul is improving sales and profits despite franchisee difficulties.

    By Feb. 15, 2023
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    Taco Cabana promotes COO to president, looks to relaunch franchising

    Ulyses Camacho, who has worked at the chain for 15 years, will oversee all aspects of its operations and retain his COO responsibilities.

    By Feb. 10, 2023
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    Jeremiah’s Italian Ice plans to triple its units through franchising

    After hitting 100 units in 2022, the company will open 45 stores this year as it aims to reach 300 locations.

    By Feb. 10, 2023