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Gearing Up to Explore NOLA

Gearing Up to Explore NOLA

Mother Nature didn’t cooperate the last time I visited New Orleans. It didn’t just rain, it poured, seemingly every time I left my hotel to explore the city. Even so, I still got a taste for the signature food, architecture and history of this amazing city. I also had the chance to pilot speedboats on the bayou and eat frogmore stew with Phil Robertson of transgender bathroom backlash fame—but that’s another story altogether.

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ERA Focusing on 18-Hour Cities

ERA Focusing on 18-Hour Cities

ERA Real Estate CEO Charlie Young was recently chatting with a friend who floated an investment idea his way. Specifically, she asked him about investing in real estate in some college towns throughout the Southeastern U.S.

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Where Would We Be Without our Mothers?

Where Would We Be Without our Mothers?

We’ve been paying so much attention to Mother’s Day at Franchise Times you’d think we were Hallmark. But when we remembered all the things our mothers have done for us—and often to us—it's a complicated relationship that deserves more than just a $172 gift (the average spend per person on Mother’s Day). After all, our mothers helped set our moral compass and gave us half our journalistic DNA.

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To Speak Up or Not? Two PR Pros Weigh In

To Speak Up or Not? Two PR Pros Weigh In

Two PR pros advise whether franchise execs should take a stand when controversial issues arise, like the new laws passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.

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Feasting With the Sharks

Feasting With the Sharks

Through reporting, networking and Franchise Times’ own events, I get to see a lot of companies pitch the virtues of their concepts to industry experts, developers and financiers. This morning, I got another taste of that chum as part of a local event modeled (and named) after ABC’s popular Shark Tank show.

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Seattle Case

Supreme Court Won't Hear Seattle Case

A group of franchisees and the IFA won’t get their day in the Supreme Court in their lawsuit against the City of Seattle over a mandated minimum wage, now that the high court yesterday refused to take up the case.

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Carlson Hotels Sends Radisson & Friends to China

Carlson Hotels Sends Radisson & Friends to China

Carlson Hotels Inc., the Minneapolis-based parent company of Radisson, Park Plaza, Quorvus Collection and other hotel flags, has been sold to China’s HNA Tourism Group amid a wave of consolidation in the red-hot hotel industry.

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Chipotle Takes It on the Chin

Chipotle Takes It on the Chin

Being a reporter in a restaurant-led industry, there’s no shortage of executives that confess their business model or store ambiance is an awful lot like Chipotle’s. After the burrito colossus reported awful quarterly results in the wake of its many food safety travails this week, I predict those days of endless Chipotle adulation have come to a screeching halt.

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Living the High-Up Life

Living the High-Up Life

As the supply of single-family homes gets even tighter in most metros, expect to see an increase in the pace of large-scale condo and apartment developments to meet the demand that remains insatiable following the Great Recession.

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Bruster’s Brings Real Ice Cream to South Korea With a Cherry on Top

Bruster’s Brings Real Ice Cream to South Korea With a Cherry on Top

South Koreans like their ice cream. How does Bruster’s Real Ice Cream’s CEO Jim Sahene know that? Well, for one thing, there are about 50 million people residing in the southern part of Korea and 1,200 Baskin-Robbins locations already open.

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Delving Into 'Dogs, One Wienerschnitzel at a Time

Delving Into 'Dogs, One Wienerschnitzel at a Time

The crack edit team at Franchise Times is well into a multi-part investigation these days, delving into the world of hot dogs and rating them from A+ to gross. But one brand we don’t have in our fair twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul is Wienerschnitzel—a pity, because it’s the largest franchised hot dog chain, with 320 locations in 10 states. So I called them up to dish about their dog.

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Update: Growler USA Buys Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli

Update: Growler USA Buys Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli

After reporting on Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli’s brand refresh and big plans for growth for our April issue, today news broke that Centennial, Colorado-based Growler USA has purchased the fast-casual deli concept. As part of the transaction, brands will maintain their individual names and concepts.

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Bananas Shares Love With Unlikely Target: CPAs

Bananas Shares Love With Unlikely Target: CPAs

Certified public accountants don’t get much love, so imagine their delight when Bananas Smoothies offered a free drink made just for them on April 17 and 18.

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Paris by Way of Seoul

Paris by Way of Seoul

Travel to cosmopolitan, huge Seoul, South Korea, and you’ll see a taste of Paris on nearly every street corner, as Paris Baguette Bakery Café is nearly as common there as Starbucks are in New York. Well, truth be told, Seoul has more Starbucks than NYC, but that’s beside the point.

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FT's Finance Conference Speakers Are Quotable Bunch

FT's Finance Conference Speakers Are Quotable Bunch

We’ve just sent our May edition to the printer, with full coverage of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference and its 33 speakers. Here are a few of the quotable quotes from the package, just to whet your appetite.

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Parasole Boss Still Roots for 'Humanity' in Restaurants

Parasole Boss Still Roots for 'Humanity' in Restaurants

With all the talk about automation and technology today, people still trump machines. So believes Pete Mihajlov, co-founder of Parasole Restaurant Holdings, who spoke on a panel in Minneapolis about running a restaurant in 2016. What does he think of tabletop kiosks for ordering? “You’ve lost the humanity. You’ve lost the soul,” he said.

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Tips for Evaluating Third-Party Delivery Services

Tips for Evaluating Third-Party Delivery Services

Discussing the new-age problem of how to successfully partner with a third-party delivery service, the “Tackling Food Delivery Phenomenon” panel at the Foodservice News Restaurant Business Summit included two independent restaurant operators and Max Runke, general manager of Minneapolis-based Bite Squad, one of the leading national restaurant delivery providers.

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New Laws in MS, NC, Leave Two States in 'Mess'

New Laws in MS, NC, Leave Two States in 'Mess'

“It’s crazy, right? What a mess for the state,” said Tom Spiggle, a labor attorney representing employees at Spiggle Law Firm in Arlington, Virginia. He was speaking about so-called religious freedom laws signed into law April 5, dictating which genders could use which bathrooms, among other things, in North Carolina and allowing businesses in Mississippi to refuse service to gay people.

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Welcome to the Age of Corporate Advocacy

Welcome to the Age of Corporate Advocacy

The division of wealth is a major, top-of-mind issue for many Americans. Companies now exert unprecedented influence funding and affecting the direction of our country’s resources and policies. That sounds like a bad thing. At the same time, the raft of wrong-headed “religious freedom” bills have received harsh pushback from many major corporations—undoubtedly a good use of their power. In this world of increased corporate social advocacy on behalf of consumers, is your company ready to play ball?

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Swapping Franchises With a Fellow ‘Zee

Swapping Franchises With a Fellow ‘Zee

When two franchisees saw mutual benefits to swapping franchise territories, Two Men and a Truck agreed, helping facilitate an interesting deal. This unusual tale begins in 2001, right after 9/11, when Michael Lacey and his wife pooled all of their resources to get into their first franchising gig.

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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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