Accelerating its previously announced plans to focus solely on its franchisees, Famous Dave’s announced it is refranchising its remaining 33 company-owned restaurants during the next two years.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, KFC has cooked up something special: its first romance novella titled “Tender Wings of Desire” as a thank-you to all the moms. Paired with its $20 Fill Up deal or as a free e-book download on Amazon, this is a legitimately unique marketing ploy that I fully support.
“When it comes to copyright law there is a profound amount of ignorance,” declared Mark Anfinson, a media law attorney in the Twin Cities in a talk last week before magazine editors and writers. Anyone who posts or publishes content—in other words, just about everyone—should pay attention to his advice.
Restaurants and other food sellers had until this Friday, May 5, to disclose calories on their menus, but heavy last-minute lobbying by grocery stores, convenience stores and pizza chains caused the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to delay enforcement—until next year, May 7, 2018, says a Gray Plant Mooty alert.
Product and ingredient innovation are at the forefront of the new menu that Perkins Restaurant & Bakery will roll out system-wide on May 1, 2017.
When Shane Evans, co-founder and president, left her hard-charging sales training in the past and began focusing on the culture at Massage Heights and the health of its franchisees, unit count began to rise and this year should hit 180. The complicated part? Getting husband, mom, two younger brothers and now the founder of another brand, The Gents Place, on board at this quintessential family-owned franchise.
Teach a man to shave and he’ll end up buying a cheap eight-pack of Bic razors to use at his bathroom sink. But give a man a straight-razor shave, and you’ll have him all lathered up—and in your barber chair for a lifetime.
Well-known franchisee attorney J. Michael Dady and his law firm, Dady & Gardner in Minneapolis, are being sued for alleged malpractice by a group of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf franchisees.
As its franchisees age, this 40-year-old brand is creating an ownership path for employees. Mentorship, operations training and finance assistance are all in the mix, creating a rich stew of opportunity.
A flexible footprint for Bar Louie, plus a vow to make each location different, means second-generation spaces often do the trick for operators. But beware jumping on a recycled spot without due diligence, or you may find unhappy surprises.
Call it an exit, a liquidity event, retirement or some yacht money—selling a business can be a major life-changing moment. And like other big life moments, it takes a lot of planning.
Big name retailers have been dominating headlines in recent months with a fresh wave of store closings and bankruptcies. National retail chains closed an estimated 4,000 stores across the U.S. in 2016 and that number is expected to grow by another 5,000 stores this year, according to Cushman & Wakefield.
A long-standing relationship with Larry Wilson, founder of CoreLife Eatery, convinced Stevensville, Michigan-based operator Joyce Lunsford to sign on as the healthy restaurant brand’s first franchisee—that and a taste of beet lemonade, something Lunsford thought she’d hate.
Staying even is not OK for Shannon Strunk, who with his wife, Cynthia, operates more than 60 units of three brands in the Gulf Coast. He believes in owning real estate, too, because ‘cash disappears quick.’
As soon as an Anytime Fitness franchisee signs on the dotted line, Maddy and Paul jump into action. That’s Maddy Vaith and Paul Bosneag, the dynamic duo at the Woodbury, Minnesota-based fitness club franchise, who have now taken more than 1,000 franchisees through base camp training all the way through their first year in business.
The eyes may be the window to our souls, but our feet have souls as well. In the Indian culture touching an elder’s foot is a sign of respect and deference. Foot-binding in the Chinese culture was not only a way for women to show off their family’s wealth and thus marry better, but the tiny, deformed feet were seen by some as erotic. And, foot-washing in the Bible, especially when done by Jesus, is sacred.
You’ve heard of farm-to-table, but a new franchised seafood player has coined the term “boat-to-plate” to describe its responsibly sourced, seasonally shifting menu that’s designed to get Americans eating more seafood without harming global fisheries.
You hear a lot about mediation in franchising, but not meditation.(What a difference a “t” makes, especially if it’s herbal.) But thanks to a group of Massage Envy, European Wax and Amazing Lash Studio franchisees that’s about to change.
Well, you can’t say Eric Keshin lacks chutzpah, as the president of Great Harvest Bread Co. sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission this week requesting it and the Justice Department look into the purchase of Panera Bread by JAB Holding Co. and examine it on anti-competitive grounds.
The Greene Turtle has opened its first casino-based restaurant at the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Maryland, along with a new, 24-hour fast-casual eatery called Greene Turtle Express. Tom Finn believes the firsts for the company hold promise for more such expansion.
Beer offerings, menu changes and a new prototype are fueling growth for companies under the Craftworks umbrella, especially Old Chicago. CEO Srini Kumar describes his goal of ‘winning market share, not growing market share.’
Two fast-growing driving schools are looking to drastically improve the driver’s ed status quo. No more ‘sketchy guys in beat-up Camrys,’ vows the CEO of Fresh Green Light. 911 Driving uses cops as instructors to set it apart.
Have you been outside your news bubble today? I ask because that’s what New York Times columnist Frank Bruni challenged us all to do, in a recent talk he gave in Minneapolis called “Media in the Age of Misinformation.”
You’ve read it here, and certainly heard it elsewhere: Fancy millennials don’t care for the suburbs they grew up in and are willing to pay dearly to raise their heritage-breed chickens in peace—as close to downtown as possible. Futurists and demographers have doggedly predicted how this urban migration will hollow out the ‘burbs and revamp rusty cityscapes.
Three days, 45-plus presentations, numerous lenders and financiers and one Dealmakers awards luncheon comprised the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in March. Our reporters were there in force, and present these brand snapshots for anyone who missed them.
New franchise partner Grupo Iberfood will start by developing the Hooters brand in Spain, where it says competitors are few and the locals ‘love sports, tasty food and beer’—not to mention the servers in orange hotpants.
The CEOs of Harri and Hireology share some valuable insight on what everyone’s doing wrong, and how innovation is leading to a smarter hiring process that can dramatically reduce the amount of time and money wasted on attracting sub-par candidates.
Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) expects to add more than 10,000 new in-cafe and delivery driver jobs system-wide by the end of 2017 as it expands delivery service to 35-40 percent of its cafes by year-end.
The coat of arms on the hoist side of the yellow band is quartered to display the emblems of the traditional kingdoms of Spain (clockwise from upper left: Castile, Leon, Navarre, and Aragon), while the stylized pomegranate at the bottom of the shield represents Granada.
Spray-Net uses big data. Watermill Express relies on a tiny footprint. And New York-centric Blink Fitness figures if they can make it there, they’ll make it anywhere. Our three Living Large franchisors go beyond location, location, location to tell what makes a good site.
I was excited as I stepped to the registration desk at the British Franchise Association’s International Symposium on Franchising in March. The symposium was intended to give attendees a tutorial on global expansion by franchise companies, and in particular, the variety of factors a franchisor must consider when expanding beyond its current country of operation.
When legendary ad man Keith Reinhard launched “You deserve a break today” for McDonald’s in 1970, he couldn’t have anticipated its impact. The jingle drove millions of Americans to the doors of the burger giant, with catchy lines and a lively dance number.
Asked if Utah is a good state to do business in, Del Taco franchisee Paul Hitzelberger stage-whispers “Oh, it’s a terrible place,” as if he intends to keep rivals away. “Just kidding,” he adds a moment later, chuckling. “I enjoy doing business here.”
For a brand that’s nearly 80 years old, Minneapolis-based Dairy Queen is growing at a snappy clip, exceeding many of its QSR competitors. As part of the lead-up to brand owner Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, DQ provided a quick update of its recent progress. The numbers are impressive, and not just for a brand that’s as old as Tina Turner, Chuck Norris and Sir Ian McKellen.
When my kids were in grade school, my neighbor across the street home-schooled her kids. I couldn’t even begin to fathom it. First and most obviously, I worked full-time outside the home. Secondly, and probably most importantly, my kids and I couldn’t have done it. Seriously, I think we would have killed each other.
Tim Hicks has joined Elevated Brands as senior vice president of franchise operations and development. Rave Restaurant Group named Judy Messenger as its new vice president of real estate.
Who cares about the comps when multiples like this are flying around? Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen pulled in 10.4 times 2016 EBITDA (also known as gross earnings), Popeyes got 19.6 times (a 27 percent premium to trading levels) and Panera got 19.4 times 2016 EBITDA, a 20 percent premium to its stock price.
If you’ve ever gone to Bermuda and come back with an earworm, you’ll know the kind of pain I was in after my recent vacation near the capital city of Hamilton. I wanted so badly to start the blog I did for tax purposes: “Hey, why aren’t you people rapping? You’re in Hamilton, aren’t you?” See what I mean? There’s a good joke in there somewhere thanks to the Broadway play, but I just couldn’t make it work.
The trials and tribulations of multi-tasking as an intellectual properties litigator brought Hamid Jabbar to the mat, first as a yoga instructor and then as a meditation guide. The 37-year-old is one of the instructors at a new franchise, Current Meditation, in Phoenix.
There’s no denying the trend of active and retired athletes getting into franchising. Former NFL player Donnell Thompson is the latest with the announcement that he signed a development agreement to build five new Del Taco locations on the east side of Atlanta, further supporting the brand’s recently announced expansion plans in the Southeast U.S.
“Work transition, particularly when it is unexpected, brings with it a range of emotions, the primary one being a sense of loss,” writes Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen until it was sold March 27 and she lost her job, as she put it, in an unusually candid and insightful blog post that might buoy others in her shoes.
A sad statistic—only 2 percent of customers had used more than one of the 13 service franchises owned by The Dwyer Group—has led to the launch of a new umbrella company, called Neighborly.
There’s a lot of hand-wringing about what can get millennials off the couch (or their phones) and into stores. As many legacy retailers close locations by the dozen or hundreds, let’s concede that most retail is in for a bumpy ride. That doesn’t guarantee the end of malls. Focus on what people actually need in a given week and move forward. Franchising can be a big part of this next phase of indoor shopping centers.
Domino's Pizza is celebrating the grand opening of its 14,000th store in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, outside of the nation's capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Wyndham’s Baymont Inn & Suites recently completed a subtle rebranding that included adding new Hometown Host positions to bring local flavor and welcoming faces into its hotels to make its guest experiences more memorable. Taking the concept a step further, Baymont partnered with workforce development firm The Arc@Work to allow people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fill some of the Hometown Host roles.
A Zerorez franchisee in Minnesota who took on the U.S. Olympic Committee over free speech rights has had his day in court—and lost. “Unfortunately, the court decided on Tuesday, April 4, to dismiss our case,” said his lawyer, Aaron Hall of JUX law firm in Minneapolis, via email.
Last September, CEO Bruce Rosenthal told Franchise Times he expected to exit the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization process for Submarina, the Houston-based sandwich chain he owns, by the end of that month. Reached today by phone, he’s still waiting, with his plans to again start growing the company on indefinite hold.
Technological advances in the restaurant industry can help owners increase sales, make their restaurants more productive, and give their business a competitive edge. Unfortunately, most hardware-based systems are expensive and tricky to set up.
It's not easy to expand a restaurant through franchising in a chosen market. Every time a new market opens up in Texas, you’ll have a prospective franchisee say, “How about Virginia?”