Franchising: Page 3


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    What’s behind Del Taco’s franchising surge

    The Mexican QSR chain signed over 138 franchise commitments in fiscal 2023 and plans to be over 90% franchised by 2026, said Van Ingram, Del Taco’s VP of franchise development.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    17-unit Popeyes franchisee files for bankruptcy

    RRG said losses at three of its units made it impossible to sustain timely lease payments at its remaining stores, pushing the operator to seek Chapter 11 protections.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    McDonald’s franchisee settles rape case for $4.35M

    McDonald’s franchisee Rice Enterprises will sell its restaurants to fund a $4.35M settlement with a minor who was sexually assaulted by a manger.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Ascent Hospitality bolsters C-suite with CTO, Perkins president hires

    Toni Ronayne will lead Perkins after serving as managing director, Canada at Little Caesars, while Steven Roach becomes chief technology officer after working at Focus Brands.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    Subway sells 3.5M Sidekick snack items within 2 weeks of launch

    The chain’s Footlong Cookies have been so popular that it temporarily removed them from digital ordering platforms to better manage demand. 

    By Feb. 2, 2024
  • Jason Maceda, Inspire Brands' new chief development officer, smiles in front of some branded items.
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    Inspire Brands promotes Jason Maceda to development chief

    Maceda will oversee the restaurant company’s franchise growth as part of a reorganization of its corporate structure.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Cost pressures may drive restaurant franchisee bankruptcies in 2024

    Issues with margins or cash flow due to supply shocks, labor shortages and other disruptions can push operators into covenant default over their debts, experts said.

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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    Boston Market’s fee-free growth push raises questions

    The beleaguered chicken chain, which has faced hundreds of closures and numerous lawsuits, wants to expand into non-traditional locations with no buy-in requirements for operators. 

    By Jan. 26, 2024
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    Potbelly has signed 192 development agreements in 16 months

    The signings are part of Potbelly’s Franchise Growth Acceleration initiative, which launched in 2022, to become 85% franchised and reach 2,000 units. 

    By Jan. 25, 2024
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    Doherty Enterprises buys 21 Applebee’s restaurants

    The acquisition will expand the franchisee’s territory to include the Five Boroughs of New York City and Westchester County. 

    By Jan. 19, 2024
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    Restaurants are cranking up value in 2024 — but traffic may not follow

    Chains from Taco Bell to Popeyes are pushing more promotions for low-priced items, but analysts said they expect few improvements to traffic and margins.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
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    Wendy’s hires Yum exec to lead US development

    Tatiana Lambert will lead the company’s domestic expansion as it looks to grow its franchisee base and build new restaurant formats.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    House votes to overturn NLRB’s joint employer rule

    The House may disapprove of joint employer, which would increase restaurant franchisor liability for employees, but Senate maneuvering will determine the fate of the rule.

    By Updated Jan. 12, 2024
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    How Qdoba is plotting growth in Chipotle’s shadow

    Chipotle’s company-owned business model has left a franchised-shape hole in the Mexican fast casual sector. Qdoba wants to fill it.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    How Papa Johns plans to boost margins, store-level profitability

    The second phase of the pizza chain’s Back to Better initiative will focus on a new nationwide marketing strategy, development incentives for franchisees and supply chain improvements in North America.

    By Jan. 10, 2024
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    The biggest franchise agreements of 2023

    From Caribou Coffee to Hawaiian Bros, several chains signed large multi-unit deals as part of their aggressive growth strategies. 

    By Dec. 22, 2023
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    FSC Franchising buys Newk’s Eatery

    The owner of The Brass Tap and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, plans to add 10 to 15 units annually to Newk’s system. 

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    Rock N Roll Sushi hires experienced franchise exec as CEO

    Craig LeMieux, who has decades of franchising experience, will lead the chain as its top executive. Terri Jessen was appointed VP of operations. 

    By Dec. 7, 2023
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    Huddle House hires former Long John Silver’s CEO as brand president

    Blain Shortreed, who has over 30 years of restaurant experience, will oversee company operations, franchising, marketing and culinary innovation.

    By Dec. 4, 2023
  • Justin Murakami was promoted to COO of Sprinkles in Nov. 2023.
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    Sprinkles promotes new COO

    Justin Murakami will lead operations as the company prepares to expand its network of production and pantry bakeries, as well as its cupcake “ATMs.”

    By Dec. 1, 2023
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    From the archives

    A look back at 8 major franchisee bankruptcies in 2023

    Burger King, Popeyes, McDonald’s and more saw multi-unit operators go belly-up due to struggles with inflation, low traffic and rising costs.

    By Dec. 1, 2023
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    Coffee, tea QSRs report traffic bump from return to office

    Category operators opened 3,500 new units as of March 2023 compared to March 2022 following a spike in consumer demand, according to Circana data.

    By Nov. 27, 2023
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    Why QSRs are doubling down on kiosks

    Burger King, Taco Bell and Shake Shack are among the chains adding this technology to boost check and reduce labor pressure.

    By Nov. 27, 2023
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    Sprouts expands partnership with Phoenix coffee chain

    Following a successful pilot, the grocer has opened a Press Coffee bar in a store in Scottsdale, Arizona, and plans to bring the concept to three more locations in the city during the coming weeks.

    By Peyton Bigora • Nov. 21, 2023
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    Bar Louie offers 50% franchise fee discount for first-time operators

    The casual chain also developed a contemporary, flexible design as part of its strategy to accelerate franchise growth. 

    By Nov. 17, 2023