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Roark Starts New Year with Bigger War Chest

Roark Starts New Year with Bigger War Chest

Roark Capital Group in Atlanta has a big, new war chest to acquire companies—it raised $2.5 billion to close its Fund IV at the end of 2014.

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IFA’s Cresanti: Joint-Employer “Existential Threat” to Franchising

IFA’s Cresanti: Joint-Employer “Existential Threat” to Franchising

Franchise Times spoke with Robert Cresanti, executive vice president of government relations and public policy at the International Franchise Association (IFA) about the latest news in the joint-employer saga. He and his colleagues have begun a massive effort to lobby members of Congress, including organizing direct meetings between representatives and franchise constituents in their districts.

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Franchise Indicators to Watch in 2015

Franchise Indicators to Watch in 2015

From the price of kiwis to tonnage of crude coming into port from the North Sea, there are countless economic indicators for the savvy businessperson to watch. As everybody will be talking about oil prices and the unemployment rate, here are a few indicators I think will have the biggest impact on franchisors of all stripes throughout 2015.

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Newk's COO, Backed by Sentinel Investment, Aims for Next Level

Newk's COO, Backed by Sentinel Investment, Aims for Next Level

Execs at Newk's Eatery are working to bring the fast-casual chain to the next level, after Sentinel Capital bought a majority stake last spring, said Jim Greco, COO, in a new video interview with Franchise Times.

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CEO Hopes Pizza Inn Watchers Rave about Name Change

CEO Hopes Pizza Inn Watchers Rave about Name Change

“Names are important. Names communicate to people what you’re about, what your aspirations are,” said Randy Gier, CEO of the former Pizza Inn Holdings. “We’re no longer tired, old, sleepy Pizza Inn. The company changed names today to Rave Restaurant Group, with the Nasdaq stock symbol RAVE.

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IFA Predicts Franchising Will Again Outpace Economy in 2015

IFA Predicts Franchising Will Again Outpace Economy in 2015

The International Franchise Association joined the chorus of this week's good news: franchise businesses are projected to once again grow faster than the rest of the economy in 2015.

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Private-Sector Franchise Businesses Add 38K Jobs in December

Private-Sector Franchise Businesses Add 38K Jobs in December

According to ADP, U.S. private-sector franchise businesses created 38,000 new jobs in December.

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CIT Group: 'Absolutely Great Time' to Sell your Restaurant

CIT Group: 'Absolutely Great Time' to Sell your Restaurant

"It's a great time, an absolutely great time, to sell your restaurant," says Bob Bielinski, The CIT Group, in a new video interview with Franchise Times.

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Chain Restaurants End Year with 'Record' M&A Pace

Chain Restaurants End Year with 'Record' M&A Pace

Mergers and acquisitions are hot in the restaurant space, says Kevin Burke, Trinity Capital, in a new video interview with Franchise Times.

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Exclusive Q&A: Erik Wulff on the Cuba Policy Shift

Exclusive Q&A: Erik Wulff on the Cuba Policy Shift

Franchise Times spoke with Legal Eagle Erik Wulff, lawyer and partner with DLA Piper, Washington DC, for his take on the significance of last week's historic Cuban announcement.

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NLRB: McDonald’s Joint Employer of Franchise Employees

NLRB: McDonald’s Joint Employer of Franchise Employees

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel on December 19 cemented its plan to hold McDonald’s liable as a joint employer.

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Q&A: IHG’s Acquisition of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Q&A: IHG’s Acquisition of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

InterContinental Hotels Group, the world’s largest hotel operator in terms of number of rooms, purchased Kimpton to create the world’s largest boutique hotel group.

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Cuba: Land of Opportunity?

Cuba: Land of Opportunity?

A possible end to the Cuba embargo could be one of the biggest North American business stories of the decade, and franchisors could a primary beneficiary.

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Labor Shortages On the Horizon?

Labor Shortages On the Horizon?

Thanks to a healthy economy, auto repair shops, manufacturers, restaurants and retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to find high quality workers to fill open positions.

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RadioShack Again Warns of Bankruptcy in Amended Report

RadioShack Again Warns of Bankruptcy in Amended Report

The holiday season looks ugly at RadioShack, causing the electronics retailer to file an amended annual report again warning it may be heading to bankruptcy court.

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The Social Science Behind Office Holiday Parties

The Social Science Behind Office Holiday Parties

Our Exit Interview reporter gives cutting-edge advice on the pros and cons of bad behavior at office holiday parties.

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Financier Looks Beyond Legacy Brands for Lending Candidates

Financier Looks Beyond Legacy Brands for Lending Candidates

Even the largest players in franchise finance are looking beyond the tried-and-true brands as potential funding candidates, says Cristin O'Hara, who heads the restaurant finance group for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Boston.

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Out with Trays, in with People at La Madeleine

Out with Trays, in with People at La Madeleine

A new service model is proving to be popular at La Madeleine, which calls itself the country French cafe, said Paul Carolan, chief development officer, in a new video interview with Franchise Times.

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Dogging the ADA system

Dogging the ADA system

We all know—or should know—not to pet a service animal on duty, but did you know service animals aren’t just golden retrievers wearing vests? They also might be that cute purse dog or a miniature horse. And they’re not required to be in uniform when on duty.

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GE Capital Finance Pro Talks Money, and Plenty of It

GE Capital Finance Pro Talks Money, and Plenty of It

In a new video, Trey Brown of GE Capital, Franchise Finance outlines the state of the capital markets for franchise operators, in a discussion with Franchise Times managing editor Beth Ewen.

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Tom KaiserTom Kaiser is associate editor of Franchise Times. He can be reached at 612.767.3209, or send story ideas to tkaiser@franchisetimes.com.
 
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