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China, Saudi Arabia Up Next as Sylvan Learning Expands Overseas

Sylvan Learning is taking its tutoring programs to China, where the franchise has plans to develop 200 locations over the next 10 years. In Saudi Arabia, franchisee Haitham Ahmed is set to open his first Sylvan location this month, with a goal to open at least 10 total.
April 20, 2018, 3:47 pm

Who Will Do Our Stuff For Us?

As more of our economy is digitized and desk based, American consumers increasingly rely on the manual labor of others to enable our cushy lifestyles. With almost-crippling labor shortages in everything from quick-service restaurants to handyman-style companies that clean, care, repair and renovate, who’s going to actually do this work as the labor pool shrinks even more?
April 20, 2018, 2:36 pm

Marco’s Opens 900th Location in Puerto Rico

It’s truly hard to imagine what life is like for our fellow Americans down in Puerto Rico, who are still grinding their way through many lingering aftereffects of Hurricane Maria’s devastation. On a brighter note, Marco’s Pizza has announced that its 900th location has opened in the island city of Bayamόn—a minuscule piece of good news on an island that was already in dire straits before the hurricane ever made landfall.
April 20, 2018, 1:44 pm

Restaurants Expect High Traffic for 4/20 Offers

A lot of hungry, funny smelling people are out and about today and restaurants are taking full advantage.
April 20, 2018, 10:49 am

Relationships First, Then Advocacy, Believes Primrose CEO

Jo Kirchner, CEO of Primrose Schools, believes effective advocacy starts long before a leader pushes to get something done. “The key is building trusted relationships, and before they’re needed,” she told Franchise Times. Kirchner received the Bonnie LeVine Award from the International Franchise Association.
April 20, 2018, 10:42 am

A Traffic-Driving Veggie Burger: ‘Impossible’

The days of veggie loaf, bean patties and cardboard with corn are coming to an end.
April 19, 2018, 2:16 pm

Clean Juice Is ‘First and Only,’ as Founder Will Tell FFGC

Different is good for Landon Eckles, co-founder of Clean Juice, who will present his brand’s story at the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference, May 7-9 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
April 18, 2018, 4:10 pm

With ‘Hotspots’ Launch, Domino’s Delivers to Parks, Beaches

With its announcement Monday of the launch of Domino’s Hotspots, the pizza chain will now deliver to more than 150,000 outdoor locations that don’t have a traditional addresses—parks, beaches, sports fields and landmarks such as the Las Vegas welcome sign or the Atlantic City boardwalk.
April 17, 2018, 1:15 pm

Court Speaks: 7-Eleven Operators Are Not Employees

A U.S. District Court judge for central California rejected a claim that 7-Eleven’s franchisees are actually employees, dismissing Haitayan et al. v 7-Eleven Inc. with prejudice, meaning the suit cannot be brought to trial again.
April 13, 2018, 12:36 pm

KFC Offers Personal Financial Program to Employees

KFC has been in the news recently for its out-there ads, but the brand recently launched a program to help its employees with personal financial planning that sounds even crispier to this reporter. The KFC Foundation, an independent non-profit organization funded by KFC franchisees, is partnering with MyChange, a charitable offering for employees at participating U.S. restaurants.
April 12, 2018, 3:50 pm

Middle America Stars in Hardee’s ‘Re-Launch’

In a new ad campaign, Hardee’s is being “re-launched” with messaging directed right at the brand’s Middle America niche.
April 12, 2018, 3:42 pm

Nominations Open for Franchising Gives Back Awards

Now in its fourth year, the IFA and its Educational Foundation are seeking nominations that highlight the charitable efforts of franchisors, franchisees and industry suppliers. One winner in each of five categories will receive a Gold award presented on stage during the Franchising Gives Back Celebration and Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on September 10.
April 12, 2018, 11:46 am
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