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Industry Change Means New Tactics for Grocery Outposts

The grocery store is in a state of constant flux, buffeted by changing technologies, disruptive forces and shifting consumer desires. That means franchised grocery outposts are in constant flux, too.
March 22, 2019, 3:29 pm

‘No One in Franchising Retires,’ Says IFA’s Retiring Scott Lehr

“I’ve pretty much have done everything at IFA except being a lobbyist,” says Scott Lehr as he reflects on his nearly three decades with the International Franchise Association. Hired in 1990 as the director of advertising, Lehr had five more titles during the ensuing 29 years before retiring after the IFA’s annual convention in February as executive vice president of development, marketing and conferences.
March 22, 2019, 10:23 am

HomeVestors Hits 1K in Still-Strong Housing Market

HomeVestors, the largest home-buying franchise is celebrating a notable milestone, signing its 1,000 franchise as the U.S. real estate market appears to be cooling from the absurd heights seen in recent years as inventory remains tight in key cities.
March 20, 2019, 4:24 pm

Relationships Key in Checkers Delivery Blitz

Checkers and Rally’s making a major delivery push that will bring all five of largest third-party delivery firms into its operations.
March 20, 2019, 4:03 pm

Same-Store Sales Chilled by February Weather

February weather was awful, and the brutal month had some big impacts on restaurant industry sales.
March 15, 2019, 4:05 pm

Kiosk Operations an Agile Option for the Right Concepts

A small footprint can be a big win for the right concepts. As rents continue to rise and traffic patterns continue to shift, a small-format mobile retail outlet can slash overhead and keep operations efficient.
March 14, 2019, 3:24 pm

Gigi’s Founder Tries Again With Kitchen Products Rollout

Gigi Butler is aiming to bounce back from trouble at her eponymous franchise, Gigi’s Cupcakes, now rolling out a new kitchen textile line.
March 14, 2019, 10:57 am

All Eyes on New York's Hudson Yards

As New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards opens to the public, many in the retail and restaurant worlds will be watching to see if this largest private development in U.S. history can succeed with a mega-scale formula representing the biggest bet ever placed on in-person shopping, people watching and dining.
March 14, 2019, 10:40 am

Sister to HouseMaster, PatchMaster Sets Fast Clip to 50 Units

Just last September Kathleen Kuhn launched a new brand—PatchMaster, a drywall repair service. Six months later, the sister company to HouseMaster has signed its 50th location, reaching the milestone much faster than most.
March 14, 2019, 10:34 am

Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Talks Leadership and Owning Failure

“The men in my household had so much conviction that women were equal to men,” said Indra Nooyi, who went on to become PepsiCo’s first female CEO and spoke about her career today during the Women’s Foodservice Forum’s annual conference in Dallas.
March 12, 2019, 2:23 pm

The Cautious Startup of Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fire Pizza

Before launching Smokin' Oak as a franchise, its leadership spent more than a year learning to create a high-quality franchise system.
March 8, 2019, 3:58 pm

Golden Corral Finding Gold in California

North Carolina-based Golden Corral is finding riches along the West Coast, as the southern-themed grill-buffet chain begins to tap the massive California market after first opening in the City of Industry back in 2012.
March 8, 2019, 10:07 am
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