Franchising


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    Captain D’s signs its largest development deal to date

    The seafood chain’s 26-unit deal with Amazing Food Concepts marks a meaningful shift in the composition of its store base toward franchised units.

    By May 29, 2024
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    Naf Naf grows partnership with Love’s

    After debuting the Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant in 2020, Love’s will have six locations across travel stops in five states by the end of this year.

    By Brett Dworski • May 29, 2024
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    Fuzzy’s Taco Shop signs 2 deals for 40 stores in the Southwest

    After shrinking the brand’s footprint following its acquisition, Dine Brands is returning Fuzzy’s to growth through franchising.

    By May 24, 2024
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    Brix plots expansion for newly acquired Clean Juice

    The restaurant company plans to improve Clean Juice’s operations, update the menu and add as many as 25 new units by 2025.

    By May 22, 2024
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    Top 500 restaurant chains grew 2023 sales 7.5% despite traffic declines

    Emerging concept 7 Brew was the fastest-growing chain, increasing its unit count over 373% last year, according to a Datassential report.

    By May 20, 2024
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    BurgerFi’s sales fell 10% in Q1

    The chain attributed some of its difficulties to a consumer pullback, but said weather accounted for its exceptionally poor performance.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Fat Brands files for Twin Peaks IPO

    Fat plans to use the proceeds of an IPO to deleverage its balance sheet, which includes over $1 billion in debt taken on in a flurry of recent acquisitions. 

    By May 14, 2024
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    McDonald’s to focus on digital marketing with new fund

    The fund, which will be paid with existing contributions, will allow the chain to market more effectively to customers within its app. 

    By May 10, 2024
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    Potbelly unveils smaller, digital-centric prototype

    The 1,800-square-foot design is 500 square feet smaller than a traditional Potbelly store, which CEO Robert Wright said will help lower construction and lease costs.

    By May 9, 2024
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    Smoothie King hires Yum Brands exec as CFO

    Gavin Felder, who most recently served as chief strategy officer at Yum Brands, joins the chain as it continues an aggressive growth push with positive same-store sales momentum. 

    By May 9, 2024
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    NLRB appeals joint employer ruling to 5th Circuit

    A federal judge vacated the Board’s joint employer final rule in March, holding that it was “contrary to law” and “arbitrary and capricious.”

    By Ryan Golden • May 7, 2024
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    El Pollo Loco’s new CEO unveils 5-part operations overhaul

    From digital investments to incentivizing franchisees to bolster growth, Liz Williams laid out a path she expects will drive sales while decreasing costs.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Biden vetoes bill against joint employer rule

    The president scotched Congressional efforts to block a broadened definition of joint employment, though court decisions may yet kill the rule.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Wingstop accelerates growth trajectory amid record-breaking Q1

    The company, which now expects to open up to 25 more net new units than initially planned, reported 21.6% same-store sales growth.

    By May 1, 2024
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    Yum’s digital sales mix tops 50% systemwide

    Following several quarters of kiosk and e-commerce deployment, digital is on track to generate $30 billion in annualized sales. 

    By May 1, 2024
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    Brix Holdings to buy Clean Juice

    The Christian juice chain, which lost dozens of franchise locations over changes to its business model, sold itself for undisclosed terms.

    By April 29, 2024
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    Chicken tender chain Sticky’s Finger Joint files for Chapter 11

    Low foot traffic in Manhattan, exacerbated by high prices for chicken and potatoes, left 12-unit Sticky’s in a weak position.

    By April 26, 2024
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    Flynn Group buys 26 Applebee’s units, will build 25 more

    Applebee’s is trying to turn around sliding sales and a shrinking footprint through franchising initiatives and traffic-oriented marketing moves.

    By April 23, 2024
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    Papa Johns franchisees accelerating growth this year in light of incentives

    Operators who open new units in 2024 don’t have to pay a national ad contribution for five years, which could save $330,000 in development costs, per a BTIG report. 

    By April 22, 2024
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    6 restaurants that plotted international growth during Q1

    Chains like Fazoli’s, Marco’s Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese secured deals to enter new countries as part of ongoing global expansion plans.

    By April 19, 2024
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    Little Caesars signs multi-unit deals in 7 states

    The chain returned to net unit growth in 2023 and is looking to build on that momentum this year in markets including California, Tennessee and Texas. 

    By April 17, 2024
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    Bojangles to enter Los Angeles market in 2025

    California’s recent wage hike hasn’t stopped the chicken chain from committing to open 30 units in the Golden State, continuing its national expansion.

    By April 16, 2024
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    Q&A

    Ask an expert: How can brands protect struggling franchisees from bankruptcy?

    A bad franchisee can do “irreparable harm” to its parent chain, but early intervention can help avoid sales shortfalls and covenant defaults, said Chris Desiderio of Nixon Peabody.

    By April 15, 2024
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    Noodles & Company bets menu innovation will help drive traffic

    As part of a five-point overhaul plan, the chain will use digital capabilities, expanded catering and improved operations to reverse sales declines.

    By April 12, 2024
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    Buffalo Wild Wings opens 100th to-go concept, with 600 more planned

    This year, the chain expects to reach 150 Buffalo Wild Wings Go units as it sees ongoing interest from new and existing franchisees.

    By April 11, 2024