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Wendy’s Flush After Selling Inspire Brands Stake

Wendy’s has quite a windfall in the bank after selling its ownership stake in Inspire Brands.
August 17, 2018, 1:00 pm

Red Roof Launches Extended-Stay HomeTowne Studios

As the good times keep rolling in the hospitality world, after nearly a decade of rising sales, occupancy and new property construction, Red Roof is launching its new HomeTowne Studios, an extended-stay brand designed to provide travelers with comfortable, cost-effective longer-term accommodations.
August 17, 2018, 8:38 am

More Beer and Brats as King’s Bierhaus Signs First Franchisee

King’s Bierhaus, the elaborate German-themed restaurant concept complete with outdoor biergarten, is expanding in its home market of Houston, Texas. Founders Hans and Philipp Sitter inked their first franchise deal with Chung Hui to add three more locations.
August 16, 2018, 11:47 am

Mosquito Joe Is Latest Brand on Dwyer’s Speed-Dial

Mosquito Joe is the Dwyer Group's newest home service brand, the 288-territory pest control business based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
August 16, 2018, 9:32 am

For Wingstop Star, Pizza Patron Growth a Struggle

Charles Loflin, the largest Wingstop operator and the CEO of Pizza Patron, is learning how difficult it is to build a franchise.
August 16, 2018, 9:23 am

Getting along to go along – managing franchisee relationships

Most franchisors have a large and varied collection of franchisees. No two relationships are the same, or at the same points in the lifecycle. Different segments or geographies can change the temperature of a partnership.
August 15, 2018, 2:31 pm

At Hounds Town USA It's Dogs First, People Second

By caring about dogs first and people second, former head of the NYPD canine unit Mike Gould has been able to grow his doggy day care franchise Hounds Town USA. With seven locations open and more to come soon, Gould’s unique yet simple business model is what he thinks sets him apart from other pet care companies.
August 13, 2018, 1:14 pm

PE Firm Trilantic, Planet Fitness ‘Zee Partner for Growth

Private equity firm Trilantic North America acquired a majority interest in Planet Fitness franchisee Taymax with an eye toward more acquisitions.
August 10, 2018, 8:26 am

Get Your Piece of Booming U.S. Cities

None of us know how long this unprecedented economic expansion will last, but American cities are still booming. During the last decade, this growth of U.S. cities has been nearly universal, with metropolises large and small, old and new growing at rates we haven’t seen any time in recent memory.
August 9, 2018, 3:29 pm

Take 5 Veep Thinks Franchise Rollouts Go Better With Money

Ted Rippey’s family built the 1-800 Radiator franchise from “this rinky-dink, two-unit parts warehouse” into a 230-unit auto parts company they sold to Driven Brands in 2015. Now, Rippey heads franchising for another Driven-purchased brand, Take 5 Oil Change, and he’s enjoying the well-capitalized rollout of the franchise effort.
August 9, 2018, 3:28 pm

Tired or Opportunistic, Big ‘Zees Sell Out

It’s hard to find new ways to say just how hot the restaurant M&A market is.
August 9, 2018, 3:02 pm

Mutts Cantina Gives Pets and Parents an ‘Oasis’ With Cocktails

The urban pet owner experience looks kind of sad to me, a former farm girl, so a newly franchised concept called Mutts Canine Cantina sounds genius.
August 9, 2018, 2:49 pm
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