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Facing Calls To Sell, Aaron's Gets Bigger

Facing Calls To Sell, Aaron's Gets Bigger

Aaron's, the Atlanta-based rent-to-own franchise, is buying a furniture financing company as the centerpiece of a reshaping of its business amid a changing retail landscape. The $700 million acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings comes as Aaron's fends off a push from an investor that it should be sold.

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Palm Beach Vapors Founder May Test Pot Sales

Palm Beach Vapors Founder May Test Pot Sales

Chip and Cindy Paul are already wading into controversial territory with their new franchise, Palm Beach Vapors based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The retail stores sell electronic cigarettes, the subject of Food & Drug Administration scrutiny, health officials’ questioning and Big Tobacco...

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Restaurant industry insight, news and analysis
 
April 2014
Lobby Wars

Lobby Wars

“I’m a little guy,” maintains Keith Miller, and as owner of three Subway stores in Sacramento that’s true. But as chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations, Miller has dropped a big bomb. It’s a bill in Maine called the...

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Fee Fix

Higher upfront fees lead to greater franchise success, a new FRANdata study suggests. The reason? More training offered by the franchisor in the early days may reduce the number of lackluster performers. Want a better-performing franchise system? Increase your franchise fee. And, perhaps,...

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Hotel Upgrade

Hotel Upgrade

The second Radisson Blu in the United States and more on the way, plus a re-do to freshen Country Inns & Suites, has operators predicting good times. “We’re getting a lot more buzz,” says a Carlson Rezidor exec.  Buoyed by a solid rebound in the hotel sec-tor,...

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Sandwich lovers, try to name that chain...

Your choices:  Capriotti’s, Cousins, Erbert & Gerbert’s, Firehouse Subs, Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy John’s, Quiznos, Which Wich Click here for the answers  

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Family Business

Family Business

Jennifer Friends, center back wearing purple, and her husband, Barry, third from left, signed a five-unit development deal with Toppers. They’re pictured with seven kids plus one fiance. Jennifer Friends always wanted enough kids so she’d never have to do yardwork....

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April 2014
Global Shoo-in

Global Shoo-in

If ever there was a perfect fit between retail square-footage and a brand, it’s the Middle East and Atlanta-based Flip Flop Shops. “Most just dip their toe in (international), we jumped in with both feet,” says Darin Kraetsch, CEO of the 100-unit retail chain, with...

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Thailand

Thailand

Thailand is the second largest economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, after Indonesia. But if you plan to do business there: Learn wai, a bow with hands pressed together; avoid confrontation; and understand laughter sometimes covers embarrassment. The concept of...

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Social Franchising

Social Franchising

A ewe and her offspring outside a DKT facility in Pakistan were merely wandering by the family-planning clinic. Social-sector franchising takes advantage of franchising’s systems and on-going support to do good in the world. Franchisees in developing...

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India Overview

India Overview

 An outdoor laundry operation in Mumbai underneath an overpass. Amazingly the whites are bright white, even after being washed in cement tubs and slapped against cement walls to get the water out. If you’re into instant international gratification, stay domestic. India is a...

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India

India

Capital: New Delhi Labor force: 482 million (2nd in world) Median age: 26.7 Time difference: UTC+5.5 (10.5 hours ahead of Washington, D.C., during Standard Time) Currency:  Indian rupee (at press time the conversion rate was 1 rupee to .016...

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International Franchise News

Around the world with Nancy, our executive editor
The Vanity of Going International

The Vanity of Going International

Everyone likes amassing all the facts and figures, trends and data when researching a potential overseas market. But when Kurt Ullman, vice president of global development for Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite, suggested the Vanity Index as a way to measure a foreign market’s receptivity...

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Report from Venezuela

Report from Venezuela

Earlier last week, I received a situation report from the Venezuelan Chamber of Franchises on the ongoing problems the country is facing: violence, protests, long lines to buy basic food items and supplies. Two franchises have been affected by looting, they said, one with minor damage and one...

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Development Agreements:Where in the world brands are going

Development Agreements:Where in the world brands are going

Denny’s has gone a long way since it signed its first international agreement in 1966 to open the first restaurant outside the U.S., in Acapulco, Mexico. The full-service dining chain just signed an agreement with Advance Investment LLC, an affiliated entity of Food Quest Restaurant...

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Read This Before You Burn Through Cash Going Overseas

Read This Before You Burn Through Cash Going Overseas

The first two questions international prospects are asked when they express an interest in developing Denny’s in their country are: “Why Denny’s? Why Now?” Doug Wong, senior director, global franchise recruitment, for the 1,700-unit restaurant chain, told the audience...

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2014 Trade Mission Schedule

2014 Trade Mission Schedule

Whether you’re looking to expand your brand thousands of miles away in Southeast Asia or just south of the border, we have a trade mission for you in 2014. This is the third year, Franchise Times, the International Franchise Association and the U.S. Commercial Service have teamed up to...

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2014 Legal Eagles

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In each April issue of Franchise Times, we feature our annual list of the industry's Legal Eagles: Franchise lawyers at the top of their game, the rainmakers, the go-to guys, adversaries and clients alike.