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BurgerFi Jets into First Airport Location

Non-traditional is the new black in franchising, as more restaurant and retail brands are finding new places with guaranteed foot traffic: transit stations, airports, stadiums and college campuses to name a few. BurgerFi is the latest to hop on this train with the upcoming opening of its first-non-traditional location at Terminal One at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.
March 23, 2017, 10:41 am

Sears Fades While Retail, Restaurants Retreat

Last year’s talk of a restaurant recession has morphed into broader, more sustained hard times for many of the best known retail and restaurant brands, led today by the apparent demise of Sears that’s been a very long time coming. The “Trump bump” appears over, oil prices are back in the toilet, mortgage applications are falling, interest rates are rising, institutional investors fear U.S. stocks are overvalued and we have officially entered a new wave of economic uncertainty.
March 22, 2017, 8:46 am

In Boardroom Shuffle, Puzder Exits CKE, KFC’s Marker Takes Over

Marker will take over as CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings, replacing Andrew Puzder, who served at the head of the company since 2000. Puzder, who served through the Great Recession, plotting a new course for growth and becoming a household name as President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee.
March 22, 2017, 8:43 am

Former Wingstop Execs Look to ‘Strike Gold’ With Huey Magoo’s

Andy Howard, along with fellow former Wingstop execs Michael Sutter, Wes Jablonski and Bill Knight, bought Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders in November 2016 because, as Howard said, “the sky’s the limit of what we can do with this little brand.”
March 15, 2017, 2:31 pm

Converting Consumers from 'Buds' to Craft Suds

No matter the region or the demographic, craft beer is growing. By the end of the year, there will be a projected 6,000 breweries providing more than 100,000 types of beer.
March 15, 2017, 2:27 pm

Wendy’s Innovates on Real Estate

Showing off gleaming, modern pictures of its reimaged store concepts, Wendy’s director Angela Coppler said the prohibitive cost of building new restaurants has led the brand to convert former Burger Kings, retail storefronts and even banks as it seeks to add new locations without breaking the piggy bank of the third-largest QSR hamburger player or its franchisees.
March 15, 2017, 12:16 pm

Where's Wahlberg? Celebrity Cache Found on Big Screen at FFGC

The celebrity Wahlberg brothers, who also star in a reality show about the behind-the-scene antics at Wahlburgers, are the star power behind the brand that prides itself on serving chef-driven food on a bun.
March 14, 2017, 7:19 pm

Jimmy John's Leads List of Franchise Times Dealmakers Winners

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches today received the Franchise Times Deal of the Year award, for attracting Roark Capital as a majority investor and cashing out Weston Presidio, its original private equity partner, for a handsome return in a more than $2-billion transaction.
March 14, 2017, 4:00 pm

Batteries+Bulbs Highlights the Value of Investing in Retail at FFGC

In an agenda dominated by food brands, Russ Reynolds, CEO of Batteries +Bulbs, shed some light on why his retail brand is a good financing fit for the lenders attending the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference at the Encore in Las Vegas, March 13-15, 2017.
March 14, 2017, 1:13 pm

Moe's Digital Drive-thrus Pushed by Off-premise Growth

Historically, QSR has gotten the bulk of off-premise dollars via the drive-thru. But fast casual is catching up with new technology.
March 14, 2017, 1:06 pm

Amid Slump, Ruby Tuesday Explores All Options

Times are tough in the casual dining segment, as evidenced by slumping same-store sales by many restaurants, changing consumer habits and a massive onslaught of fast-casual competitors. The latest player in this category to struggle is Ruby Tuesday, which announced it is “exploring strategic alternatives in order to maximize shareholder value,” including a potential sale or merger.
March 14, 2017, 11:32 am

Marco’s Pizza Sets Sight on 200 More Stores Over 2 Years

Speaking Monday, March 13, during the first day of the Franchise Times Finance and Growth Conference in Las Vegas, President Bryon Stephens noted Marco’s Pizza has more than doubled its store count since 2012, to 815 locations in dozens of states. And more growth is in sight.
March 14, 2017, 10:03 am
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The CosmopolitanFranchise Times Finance & Growth Conference
March 13-15, 2017
Encore Hotel, Las Vegas

Franchising's premier investment event brings together lenders, investors, franchisors and multi-unit franchisees.

Cosmopolitan HotelRestaurant Finance & Development Conference
November 13-15, 2017
Cosmopolitan​, Las Vegas
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The news on the street may be that money is getting harder and harder to find, but that does't mean finance sources are. Take a look at our list of specialized lenders and pick up the phone and start the relationship.

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Looking for an attorney who specializes in either franchisor or franchisee issues? New to franchising and need some legal advice? Then check out our listing of lawyers nominated by their peers and clients.