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Juice It Up’s New CEO to Prioritize Brand Refresh

Susan Taylor spent 14 years working in franchise operations at Jamba Juice. Now, she’s been promoted to president and CEO of Juice It Up!, a raw juice, smoothie and açaí bowl franchise.
August 7, 2020, 4:11 pm

Pandemic Doesn’t Slow Down Original Hot Dog Factory Franchisee

For Aaron Anderson, the motivation to push forward and even accelerate development came from a combination of personal determination, belief in The Original Hot Dog Factory concept and a desire to keep workers employed.
August 7, 2020, 11:46 am

Huntington Franchise Launches Study Hall Amid Chaotic School Restart

Huntington Learning Center is rolling out a new service aimed at families facing gyrating plans for back-to-school: Huntington Study Hall.
August 7, 2020, 10:51 am

How Franchise Operator WKS Does Better Than the Last Guy

WKS Restaurant Group, an operator of El Pollo Loco, Denny’s, Wendy’s, Blaze Pizza, Krispy Kreme and Corner Bakery, is among the many acquisitive companies that climbed in the ranks of this year's Franchise Times Restaurant 200.
August 7, 2020, 9:48 am

Open/Close: Cinnaholic Owner Handles Tough Customers With Kindness

"Cinnamon rolls are essential!" declared Holly Roe, owner of a Cinnaholic vegan bakery in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her actions during the pandemic, particularly how she trains employees to deal with difficult customers, are a model for others as businesses open and close during COVID-19. Seventh in a series called Open/Close.
August 6, 2020, 11:36 am

‘Not All Growth Opportunities Are Created Equally,’ Says Dine Brands Development Exec

When Tony Moralejo transitioned to his role as president of international and global development at Dine Brands, he came in with two main goals: To make sure the company was embracing innovation, and to ensure the brand was well-defined worldwide.
August 5, 2020, 3:27 pm

Domino’s Franchisees Raise More Than $1 Million to Help Workers

When Domino’s bi-annual Worldwide Rally, “normally a significant fundraiser for the Partners Foundation,” said Ken Peebles, was canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Domino’s Franchisee Association stepped up.
August 5, 2020, 2:45 pm

Open/Close: Broken Yolk ‘Zees Cope With Pandemic Pressures

“There was a time when we were calling the health department every week,” recalls Jim Bailey, a Broken Yolk Café franchisee with two restaurants in Bakersfield, California. Bailey and Jay Marble, who operates a restaurant in Arizona, share their experiences as part of our Open/Close series.
July 31, 2020, 10:58 am

Dunkin’s 800 Closures Not as Bad as They Sound

Along with second quarter earnings, Dunkin’ Brands announced the likely closure of 800 locations in 2020. It’s a shocking number, but not as bad as it sounds.
July 30, 2020, 3:54 pm

Open/Close: Salon Suite Franchisees Forge Ahead

Sola Salon Studio franchisees, along with operators of other salon suite concepts, are lobbying officials in California as they face another round of COVID-19-related closures.
July 30, 2020, 9:12 am

Fastsigns ‘Zee Designed & Donated Gown Patterns to Hospital

Melanie Hossler, a Fastsigns franchisee in Augusta, Georgia, noticed a shortage of disposable gowns at her local hospital, so she designed a pattern and got to work.
July 28, 2020, 3:57 pm

Open/Close: 2 Days Open After 4 Months Shut, Then Locked Again

The co-owners of a Pigtails & Crewcuts in Los Altos, California, were excited to reopen their kids' haircut salon in July after a four-month lockdown. But the restart was short-lived. Fourth in a series called Open/Close.
July 27, 2020, 10:56 am
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