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Food Truck a Hit for I Heart Mac & Cheese

I Heart Mac & Cheese is taking its decadent, custom offerings on the road with food trucks. The first franchisee behind the wheel said it’s going great so far.
December 18, 2018, 3:52 pm

Top 10 FT Stories of 2018

From the Zor Awards to Orangetheory’s crazy growth spurt, MidiCi and the second-largest Applebee’s franchisee landing in bankruptcy court, this was an unusually dramatic year in franchising according to web traffic stats of Franchise Times.
December 17, 2018, 11:26 am

Job Growth in Franchising Slows in 2018, ADP Report Says

The franchise sector added nearly 140,000 jobs in 2018 for a growth rate of 1.82 percent, according to a new study by the ADP Research Institute. That was down from the year before, when 212,000 franchise jobs were added for a growth rate of 2.74 percent.
December 14, 2018, 1:02 pm

Jollibee Takes Sole Ownership of Smashburger

With full ownership of the brand, Smashburger’s 351 stores join Philippines-based restaurant giant Jollibee, which itself has more than 4,300 units across a dozen brands in the Philippines, China, Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia. Smashburger accounts for 7 percent of Jollibee's systemwide sales, which were $3.4 billion last year.
December 14, 2018, 12:55 pm

New Franchise Handbook Helps Readers Compare & Contrast

Would you like to know which franchises in some 180 industry sub-categories have the highest to lowest average unit volumes? You would? We thought so, and so for the first time we included that information in The Franchise Handbook, our brand new resource for readers available January 1.
December 14, 2018, 12:07 pm

The Better Beef Wars Continue With Antibiotics

Both McDonald’s and Wendy’s announced big changes to supply chains to cut down on the use of antibiotics in beef.
December 13, 2018, 3:21 pm

Sentinel Capital Adds Pet Store Franchise to Portfolio

When private equity acquisition news makes the headlines it’s often for a big-name restaurant buy. But as this recent move by Sentinel Capital Partners shows, retail franchises can prove just as attractive.
December 13, 2018, 1:39 pm

How Angry Crab Shack Is Bringing Spicy Seafood to 'the Forefront of America'

Noticing a recent trend of more Asian-inspired cuisine in the U.S., Angry Crab Shack founder Ron Lou seized the opportunity to bring traditional spicy seafood dishes to the states. Lou has 40-plus years of experience in the restaurant industry and his full-service casual concept has grown to seven locations across Arizona in just five years.
December 11, 2018, 11:13 am

Subway Inks Four Partnerships, Dives Deep Into Delivery

Mega-sandwich brand Subway is going its own way with new agreements with four of the largest delivery providers. These new partnerships could dramatically increase Subway’s overall share of delivery, and also shift the economics of delivery in smaller markets across the U.S.
December 11, 2018, 10:09 am

Vote for Your Favorite Franchises in 3rd Annual Franchise Times Zor Awards

Show your enthusiasm for the best franchises in the industry with the Franchise Times Zor Awards, recognizing the best companies in 10 hot industry segments.
December 9, 2018, 8:28 am

Franchise governance: The best plan is to have one

Some of the challenges franchisors have to deal with are ones that receive plenty of scrutiny—such as how to select franchisees, how to structure a franchise, ways to manage the relationship, branding issues, or finance.
December 7, 2018, 3:53 pm

Attorneys Run Down Most Interesting Cases of 2018

Anti-poaching clauses topped the list (or at least kicked off the webinar) of the most interesting developments in franchise law in 2018, as presented by three Gray Plant Mooty attorneys this week.
December 7, 2018, 3:45 pm
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