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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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From Babies to Boomers: How To Best Serve

From Babies to Boomers: How To Best Serve

Serving the youngest and the oldest segments of the populations was a conversation that evolved from the QSR: Opportunities and Challenges workshop at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in November.

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Food We Wish Was Fiction

Food We Wish Was Fiction

McDonald’s toyed with the idea of serving kids bubble-gum flavored broccoli, but the fast-food giant’s bubble burst when kids testing it didn’t like candy-flavored vegetables, according to Business Insider. Apparently, it confused them. Wonder what was confusing: You couldn’t blow a bubble or it was Ok to swallow it after chewing awhile?

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Century 21 Thinks Thanksgiving is a Blast

Century 21 Thinks Thanksgiving is a Blast

You're heard of Thanksgiving, but what about Thanksblasting? That's the promotion from Century 21 Real Estate, which is inviting guests to name their favorite and least favorite Thanksgiving foods and then blowing up same via video.

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For Thanksgiving: Gratitude, Celebration and Drainage Issues

For Thanksgiving: Gratitude, Celebration and Drainage Issues

Holidays bring out the bizarre in press releases and promotions, and Thanksgiving is no exception, as a release from GreaseShield shows.

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In Iraq, Experienced Partner is Safest Route

In Iraq, Experienced Partner is Safest Route

The first Fatburger restaurant in Iraq may be attached to a war zone, Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn concedes, but the daily routine is not that different for staff there than at the chain’s other international locations, such as Indonesia.

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Two Multi-Unit Franchisees Prefer Tried & True

Two Multi-Unit Franchisees Prefer Tried & True

Three multi-unit, multi-brand franchisees own more than 500 units among them, but at least two of them have no interest in emerging concepts, they told an audience at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference yesterday.

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Denny's, Dunkin' Bosses Talk Shop at Restaurant Finance Conference

Denny's, Dunkin' Bosses Talk Shop at Restaurant Finance Conference

Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin' Brands, and John Miller, head of Denny's, told how they've revitalized their brands at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in Las Vegas today.

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'Quality Always Beats Quantity' in Staffing, RFDC Speaker Says

'Quality Always Beats Quantity' in Staffing, RFDC Speaker Says

"Quality always beats quantity" when it comes to staffing restaurants, and Joleen Goronkin of People & Performance Strategies shared HR tips at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference.

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Agree on Business Points Early to Speed Deals, Operator at RFDC Says

Agree on Business Points Early to Speed Deals, Operator at RFDC Says

Mark Peterson started with one restaurant 12 years ago, and now he has 32, so he's in a good position to give advice on how to get a deal done, which he did at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in Las Vegas.

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What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

Getting your face, facts and figures in front of the media in order to sell franchises and drive traffic to your franchisees’ units was one of the topics discussed at the West Coast Franchise Expo in October.

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Trade Mission Moves to Monterrey, Mexico

Trade Mission Moves to Monterrey, Mexico

Monterrey is as different from Mexico City as New York City is from L.A. Graffiti, which was a constant embellishment in the country’s capital was in short supply in the more modern Monterrey, that aligns itself more with Texas than Mexico.
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The latest news, opinions and commentary on what's happening in the franchise arena that could affect your business.

Tom KaiserTom Kaiser is assistant editor of Franchise Times. He can be reached at 612.767.3209, or send story ideas to tkaiser@franchisetimes.com.
 
Beth EwenBeth Ewen is managing editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3212, or send story ideas to bewen@franchisetimes.com.
 
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Mary Jo LarsonMary Jo Larson is the publisher of Franchise Times Magazine and the Restaurant Finance Monitor.  You can find her on Twitter at
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