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Food Halls: The Big Retail Trend of ‘17

With as many as 150 new food halls predicted to open in the next few years, these modern day food courts with higher-end food offerings are the bright spots offsetting tough times in the retail scene as many big-name brands are facing what may be their darkest year in business.
February 21, 2017, 9:27 am

SBA Tweaks Lending Rule, Relieving Some Franchisors

The Small Business Administration temporarily tweaked its new procedures governing lending to franchisees, to the relief of many franchisors and bankers who maintained the new rules would chill franchise lending.
February 16, 2017, 10:47 am

Puzder's Withdrawal Pains Franchise Supporters, but Cheers Workers' Group

Just one day before his long-awaited confirmation hearing for secretary of labor, Andrew Puzder became the lone cabinet nominee to date to not get the nod, a blow to his many supporters in the franchising community who hoped the CEO of CKE Restaurants would set the department on a pro-business track. But at least one workers' group cheered.
February 15, 2017, 4:16 pm

New Stats on Women in Franchising

I’m all about encouraging diversity in franchising, and was pleased to see some new statistics on women in franchising from Franchise Business Review. On the whole, FBR’s numbers point to a clear majority enjoying operating the business, while barely more than half feel their work/life is balanced.
February 14, 2017, 11:00 am

Additional 30,000 Temps Power Valentine’s Day Surge at Edible Arrangements

At Edible Arrangements, Valentine’s Day is the single biggest day of the year.
February 14, 2017, 9:47 am

A&W Getting Back in the Game

With fond memories of A&W root beer floats with my parents and brother when I was a kid, I’m happy to hear the news that the brand is back on the gas five years after its sale by Yum. For the first time in more than 10 years, A&W is reporting systemwide revenue and store count growth, as it kicks off a new franchise sales initiative.
February 13, 2017, 3:04 pm

Noodles & Company Plans to Shed 55 Restaurants in Next Few Months

Noodles & Company, the fast casual concept struggling with declining sales for better parts of the last year, has announced plans to close approximately 55 “underperforming” restaurants in the coming months.
February 13, 2017, 2:29 pm

Training New Drivers When Schools Won't

Things have changed since most of us received our driver education training during our teenage years. What used to be within the purview of brave school teachers has now been passed off to the private sector as many school systems have cut funding for in-school driver’s ed courses. As this trend spread throughout the United States, Washington-based 911 Driving School has profited and expanded to fill the void.
February 10, 2017, 8:48 am

Franchise Exec Takes Unexpected Medical Detour While On the Road

One of the best decisions Marc Mushkin made in his lengthy career in international franchising is not putting the 'Do Not Disturb' sign on his hotel door in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
February 9, 2017, 4:59 pm

Domino’s Introduces Pizza Wedding Registry

Just weeks after my Franchise Times cover story on Domino's, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based pizza giant has outdone itself with a pizza wedding registry. Seriously.
February 8, 2017, 10:15 am

Following big gains, Captain D’s expects strong 2017

It was another terrific year for seafood franchising giant Captain D’s, as the company obtained a record-high systemwide AUV in 2016. It saw fourth quarter system wide sales increase 1.3 percent, along with a 2.3 percent systemwide same-store sales increase over the year. This marks six consecutive years of sales growth for the Nashville-based company.
February 7, 2017, 3:34 pm

Diversity on Display at IFA

Two days into my third trip to the IFA annual convention in Las Vegas, I’ve once again seen the remarkable diversity representative of the amazing, global shifts underway in franchising. And I’m not just saying that because it was part of my presentation on the first day.
January 31, 2017, 5:00 pm
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