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October 2014

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In this issue

Development deals for pizza chains, wireless tech

Fast-casual pizza is heating up. Technomic Inc.’s Darren Tristano expects the newer brands as a whole to grow 10 to 15 percent in 2014.

This is not your father’s IFA

The world of franchising is far more global than it was even a short time ago, and that reality has the potential to embrace virtually every franchisor.

Don’t panic over ‘joint employer’ news

Rhoda Olsen, CEO of Great Clips, hasn’t lost touch with the people who truly deliver the “brand promise".

At Firehouse Subs, ready for Obamacare

While most drag their feet on the Affordable Care Act, two front-runners at Firehouse Subs have already implemented their plans.

How to lure high-roller ‘zees

Prying open the fattest wallets takes a strategy, as franchisors who sell stores that cost $1 million or more know well.

Malaysia

Malaysia went from being ranked 16th in ease of doing business by the World Bank in 2013 to 6th in the latest findings.

All about franchising in Malaysia

Forget wining and dining prospects in Malaysia, but expect some business leaders to be workaholics.

How to reach on-the-go customers

Restaurant operators understand the growing influence of consumer reviews. But how to gain the right kind of feedback?

Heads up for accounting tweaks

How to avoid state tax audits

As cash-strapped states look for every penny, they’re more aggressively collecting sales tax. That means they might look to audit your franchise.

Heavy traffic for drive-thru seekers

Drive-thrus can add 30 percent to sales, so it’s no wonder more franchises are pursuing such sites.

RFDC confab facilitates deals

The annual conference has always been about both education and networking, and this year’s event is offering more of both.

These ‘zees step on the gas for better spots

More brands are jumping on the food-truck trend, newcomers and veterans alike

Light goes on for Batteries Plus, leading to sales gains

Batteries Plus decided to rebrand, to make it perfectly clear exactly what was being sold there—batteries and bulbs.

Jimmy John’s, smaller brands rise to fill Quiznos’ void

Jimmy John’s had system sales of $386 million and was No. 142 on our 2008 ranking. These days, it’s a sandwich powerhouse.

New, cheaper model fires up Wienerschnitzel

Wienerschnitzel is known for its quirky, bright red and yellow, A-frame building, where hot dogs and fries are sold from a walk-up window.

Pizza chains taking share from independent shops

The best performance among pizza chains last year belonged to Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza

Fast-casual chains move up as quickly as their name

Fast-casual restaurants have been on the move for years, thanks to their combination of higher-quality food and server-free service.

Buffalo Wild Wings sets the pace in lackluster niche

Buffalo Wild Wings’ is not the fourth largest casual dining chains in the country.

Drinks makers, notably Jamba, re-tool to grow

Jamba Juice is making bold moves to try to rise in the ranks with a comprehensive refranchising effort in the last five years.

Minuteman’s gains prove dire predictions wrong

Minuteman Press is still around—and getting bigger, in fact. The franchise enjoyed a banner year.

‘Otherworldly’ growth for Anytime, and many others

Anytime Fitness was once again the fastest-growing franchise in the country last year, at least among the largest 200.

Budget and mid-scale hotels, especially, fare well

The past year was a good one for the travel industry, and certainly for the 41 hotel and travel franchises on the Franchise Times Top 200.

Around the globe, healthcare firms target the aged

Much has been made of the aging baby boom population and its impact on senior services, which has fueled a boom in healthcare franchises.

As temp workforce grows, so does agency revenue

Go ahead and debate the economic merits of such a large, temporary workforce, but it’s been a boon to the agencies.

Used-versus-new car sales fuel auto sector differently

The used car market has been strong in the post-recessionary environment.

500 Big Brands: Top 200 franchisors

Here’s a whopping number: $590 billion in total sales, the tab achieved by the 200 largest franchise systems on our annual ranking.

Many test ways to re-make corner store

Brew Thru and Growler Guys are just two concepts trying to figure out what customers want in a convenience store, beyond cigarettes and ice.

Dairy Queen’s revival beyond ice cream

Under CEO John Gainor, what was once a treat chain is now a full-fledged QSR concept. That’s helping DQ rediscover growth.

El Pollo Loco roars back from brink

How could El Pollo Loco so precariously close to bankruptcy file to go public, and attract major investor approval?

‘Zees and ‘zors really can work together

Put two franchisors, a franchisee and a consultant on a panel about collaboration, and what do you get? A feisty session.

Must-answer question: Who’s the boss?

Mike and Linda Boyd discovered the hard way they can’t both be in charge of the same thing at Instant Imprints.

Dunkin’ Donuts tries again in MN

With a solid supply chain in place, Dunkin' Donuts is tackling establishing its brand in new areas.

College Nannies tests new app

Joe Keeley expects to roll out his College Nannies app to all franchised units in 2015 to increase revenue and meet customers' needs.

Canvasing the household

All artists have their muse. For Keith Kanouse of Kanouse & Walker in Boca Raton, Florida, it was his tie.

Snap Fitness teams with NASCAR driver, plus more

It may seem as if stock car drivers are pseudo-athletes, but controlling a 3,300-pound car at speeds of up to 200 mph takes strength, stamina and the heart of a marathon runner.
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From the Magazine

Publisher's Column

We’ll always have Paris

Just like most of you, we saw that franchising internationally was accelerating, and it’s why we’ve made investments in that area of coverage.

Loose Ends

40 minutes in the life of a Sport Clips wannabe

I spent most of August reading “Franchise Times Guide to Selecting, Buying and Owning a Franchise” and it rekindled my interest in whether I would make a good franchisee.
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