Amidst a ground swell of employers who grumble about health care costs and minimum wage hikes, one restaurant owner put his money where his mouth was.
An activist investor is pushing Darden Restaurants to franchise casual dining brands Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse. The investor, Starboard Value, believes doing so will improve the company's growth and profitability.
John Leonesio, the man who started Massage Envy then turned his attention to The Joint, is now working to bring enviable eyelashes to women via a young franchise called Amazing Lash Studio.
The Florida stockbroker turned Pinkberry franchisee is getting personal in his claims against the frozen-yogurt franchisor, naming the CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and the CEO of Pinkberry, Ron Graves, in a lawsuit.
Convincing employees to be as passionate as the owner about their brand is a challenge, and Tim Lightner, a Two Men and a Truck franchisee in Wisconsin, explained how he does it--through the data.
When your last name is Olsen, rather than the more common Olson, you're used to a lot of misspellings, and that's the case for Great Clips' CEO, whose problems extend to her first name, too.
Two of the more unusual franchises the Franchise Trade Mission encountered at the Franchise Asia Expo in the Philippines in July were VIBES and Well Family Clinics.
Franchising embraced the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and although the videos on Facebook of various franchise executives dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads didn’t have the page views as the celebrities, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Governor Chris Christie, there were no shortage of franchise challenges.
SB 610, known as the California Fair Franchising act, passed the California Senate last week by a 23-9 vote, and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown seeking a signature.
MikLin Enterprises, which owns 10 Jimmy John's stores in the Minneapolis area, wronged its employees' union-organizing rights when firing six people who protested their lack of sick leave, according to an NLRB ruling.
Steve Schwanz, managing director of Franchise Capital Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm focusing on restaurants, recently received the Jim Hall Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.
There’s always much more to a trade mission than can fit in an article in Franchise Times. Here's more stories from the Franchise Times/IFA/U.S. Commercial Service Franchise Trade Mission to the Philippines.
The nearly 500 employees of The Dwyer Group will get a nice bonus in their paychecks this Friday, when the franchisor splits $1 million included in the price of its sale this week to The Riverside Co.
From the file of questionable experiments comes this news: Unique Pizza and Subs says it's looking into developing a new pizza product with marijuana infused into it, as well as a cannabis-laced pizza sauce.
Franchisors who want to attract multi-unit franchisees should beef up their field staff, according to Aziz Hashim, CEO of NRD Holdings and a speaker at the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit in Minneapolis.
Gale Premer, former CEO of S.S. of Kansas Inc., the 16-unit franchisee of Sirloin Stockade, is now a happy retire after Aethlon Capital in Minneapolis handled the sale of his company to Kelly Capital in San Diego.
Heidi Ganahl scored a huge payday this week when she closed the purchase of Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest franchisor of dog day and overnight care centers, by VCA Inc.
Of all the advisories put out by lawyers since the NLRB's bombshell "joint employer" ruling last week, our favorite was from PlaveKoch, which offered practical tips but advised against panic.
Richard Greenstein is the new chair of DLA Piper's franchise and distribution practice, succeeding Dennis Weiczorek, who died July 13.
The private sector economy continued to add jobs in July, according to the latest report from the human resources firm ADP. But the growth in franchise jobs slowed, according to the firm's National Franchise Report.
The National Labor Relations Board notified McDonald's this week it can be named a "joint employer" for workers in its franchisee-owned restaurants, dealing a blow to the business model of franchising.
It's national hot dog day (duh) so it's time to try something new: here are the 10 most outrageous toppings as compiled by JJ's Red Hots, a small hot dog chain out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dunkin' Brands Group launched a new initiative with the NAACP aimed at increasing the number of African-American-owned franchise businesses in the United States.
A first-time licensee but experienced retail operations exec, Bill Noble, has signed on to take over 10 corporate-owned Pearle Vision stores in Ohio.
"We have lost a giant and a gentleman," wrote Ron Gardner, attorney at Dady & Gardner in Minneapolis, about the death July 11 of prominent franchise attorney Dennis Wieczorek, DLA Piper.
Dippin' Dots Franchising scooped up gourmet popcorn franchisor Doc Popcorn this week, and the co-founder of the latter believes each will boost sales of the other.
When OsteoStrong's CEO realized he had appointments pilling up for nine regional developers, he decided to make like a pro sports team and host a National Signing Day.
Franchises continued their remarkable rate of employment growth in June, according to the ADP National Franchise Report. Leading the way: auto parts dealers, which added more than 10,000 jobs last month.
Samples at the International Franchise Expo in New York earlier in June were of biblical proportions—they just kept feeding the masses.
Arby's, the Atlanta-based chain that is about to start a major remodeling program, took care of a key part of that effort: financing. The sandwich chain today announced an agreement with Element Financial Corp to make loans to franchisees to fund the remodels.
The new sign was flapping in the wind at the 7th Street Tavern in St. Paul, Minnesota, formerly a Champps until its new owner since February told franchisees to stop using the brand.
MFV, organizers of franchise trade shows, threw a surprise party at the International Franchise Expo’s exhibitors’ party to celebrate Greg Tanner’s retirement from Aaron’s.
If you can make it in Germany, you can make it anywhere in Europe. Which doesn’t mean Germany is an easy market for franchises: It’s not.
The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance will present its Cultural Intelligence Conference June 25-26 at Bob Evans Farms in New Albany, Ohio.
A test of a drive-thru at Which Wich is a hit, so much so that the sandwich chain is looking to add two more drib-thru locations this year and more after that.
Genghis Grill staffers in Henderson, Nevada, were reeling after a tragedy at a Las Vegas Walmart June 8, and found a measure of piece this week by holding a fundraiser for shooting victim Joseph Wilcox.
The franchise sector is expected to grow at its fastest rate in five years, according to a pair of reports released today by the franchise information firm Frandata and IHS Global Insight. The primary reason: an improved lending environment.
Job growth may be frustratingly slow, but franchises are doing fine. The franchise sector added 22,020 jobs in May, according to the latest ADP National Franchise Report. The job growth was above the sector's 12-month growth rate.
How does a hotel chain know when it's reached critical mass in an overseas market? When it needs to launch a Turkish-language website to support its rapid expansion in Western Asia.
Many franchises are expanding internationally. See where your favorite franchises are going.