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To Speak Up or Not? Two PR Pros Weigh In

Two PR pros advise whether franchise execs should take a stand when controversial issues arise, like the new laws passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.
May 4, 2016, 2:13 pm

Feasting With the Sharks

Through reporting, networking and Franchise Times’ own events, I get to see a lot of companies pitch the virtues of their concepts to industry experts, developers and financiers. This morning, I got another taste of that chum as part of a local event modeled (and named) after ABC’s popular Shark Tank show.
May 4, 2016, 1:46 pm

Supreme Court Won't Hear Seattle Case

A group of franchisees and the IFA won’t get their day in the Supreme Court in their lawsuit against the city of Seattle over a mandated minimum wage, now that the high court yesterday refused to take up the case.
May 3, 2016, 9:17 am

Carlson Hotels Sends Radisson & Friends to China

Carlson Hotels Inc., the Minneapolis-based parent company of Radisson, Park Plaza, Quorvus Collection and other hotel flags, has been sold to China’s HNA Tourism Group amid a wave of consolidation in the red-hot hotel industry.
April 29, 2016, 8:36 am

Chipotle Takes It on the Chin

Being a reporter in a restaurant-led industry, there’s no shortage of executives that confess their business model or store ambiance is an awful lot like Chipotle’s. After the burrito colossus reported awful quarterly results in the wake of its many food safety travails this week, I predict those days of endless Chipotle adulation have come to a screeching halt.
April 27, 2016, 8:37 am

Living the High-Up Life

As the supply of single-family homes gets even tighter in most metros, expect to see an increase in the pace of large-scale condo and apartment developments to meet the demand that remains insatiable following the Great Recession.
April 22, 2016, 11:20 am

Bruster’s Brings Real Ice Cream to South Korea With a Cherry on Top

South Koreans like their ice cream. How does Bruster’s Real Ice Cream’s CEO Jim Sahene know that? Well, for one thing, there are about 50 million people residing in the southern part of Korea and 1,200 Baskin-Robbins locations already open.
April 20, 2016, 4:58 pm

Delving Into 'Dogs, One Wienerschnitzel at a Time

The crack edit team at Franchise Times is well into a multi-part investigation these days, delving into the world of hot dogs and rating them from A+ to gross. But one brand we don’t have in our fair twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul is Wienerschnitzel—a pity, because it’s the largest franchised hot dog chain, with 320 locations in 10 states. So I called them up to dish about their dog.
April 20, 2016, 2:56 pm
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