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Tim Hortons Suit 'Need Not Have Happened,' Attorney Says

A $500-million lawsuit filed this week by Tim Hortons franchisees in Canada didn’t have to happen, says John Sotos, the attorney at Sotos LLP in Toronto who is pressing the case against Restaurant Brands International, the owner of the coffee-and-donuts chain since December 2014.
June 23, 2017, 1:06 pm

Jani-King's Win 'A Blow' to DOL, Gardere Lawyer Says

A win for Jani-King of Oklahoma in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Labor is “a blow to the government’s overall goal to classify franchisees as employees of their franchisors,” declares Carrie Hoffman, one of the attorneys at Gardere law firm who argued for Jani-King.
June 22, 2017, 3:37 pm

Walking the Streets of NYC at IFE '17

Those of us on the “show circuit” know the various expos can blend together, with a lot of the same usual suspects. This year’s International Franchise Expo in New York City last week was an exception, with many new concepts, cool new startup companies and a diversity that highlights all that’s great in franchising.
June 22, 2017, 1:59 pm

KFC Zinger Heads into Space

For all the Jetsons episodes that glamorized life in the space age, they never mentioned where George, Jane and company would get access to delicious fried chicken. Here on planet Earth, that problem has allegedly been solved as KFC and space flight experts World View announced they are partnering to launch the Zinger chicken sandwich to the edge of space—really.
June 21, 2017, 7:49 am

Boosting Confidence is Job One for FranSelect Hire

Barbara Marshall, a newly hired coach at FranSelect, had inspiring words when I reached her last week, to buck up anyone who has ever struggled in school or any aspiring business owner who could use a confidence boost—in other words, quite a lot of people.
June 13, 2017, 3:54 pm

Sharp Advice on Franchisee Self Promotion

Ryan McEnaney knows how to pitch a good story, and as the PR director for his family’s fifth-generation business and as a franchisee and communications manager for Frenchies Modern Nail Salon, his skills at weaving a personal narrative pay off in real-world benefits for both of his brands.
June 13, 2017, 1:17 pm

DOL Rolls Back Joint Employer Standard a Bit

A short statement by the Department of Labor last week—that Obama-era guidance on joint employer is being rolled back—has franchisors and their attorneys resting more easily. Workers’ advocates, of course, would not be pleased.
June 13, 2017, 11:27 am

Subway's 'Green Room' Aims to Attract Music Festival Crowd

As an attendee of a major camping music festival last summer, there were three big pain points; lack of showers, adequate food and overwhelming heat during the daytime hours. Subway is attempting to tackle at least two of these issues with a summer festival roadshow, offering free mini sandwiches in their air conditioned “Green Room.”
June 9, 2017, 2:56 pm

Franchise Chefs Deserve More Credit

Stealing a phrase from Special Agent Dale Cooper, there’s some “damn fine” food in franchising. I would know, because in my three years as a reporter at Franchise Times, I have been on a competitive eating marathon that has exposed me to some extremely tasty food -- and not just for a franchise.
June 8, 2017, 6:03 pm

NPC In, DavCo Out as Wendy's Puts to Rest 3-Year Dispute

Wendy’s has resolved its three-year battle with DavCo Restaurants, formerly one of its top franchisees that started with the brand in 1976, by buying 140 restaurants from DavCo and selling them to NPC International of Overland Park, Kansas, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing June 1.
June 6, 2017, 4:18 pm

Pet Obsession, Franchising Boosts Pet Supplies Plus

As Pet Supplies Plus CEO Chris Rowland tells it, and as I’ve seen through the increasing number of cats and dogs in family Christmas photos, it’s become an increasing trend for pets to be seen as “members of the family.” He’s has seen the evolution firsthand, through his parents—and his fast-growing retail brand.
June 5, 2017, 2:35 pm

Facebook Diving into Food Delivery

We use it to announce the best and worst news of our lives, to stalk exes and find new love, to read the news of the world and complain about current events—so why shouldn’t Facebook just feed us already? Fear not, socialites, as California-based Facebook has announced plans to add meal delivery to its all-encompassing function set.
June 5, 2017, 2:07 pm
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