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Structural Elements Has Perfect Pairing with Fitness Franchises

Structural Elements Founder Doug Bertram waited until he made a few salient points about his franchised orthopedic wellness clinic before introducing himself to the audience at the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference May 6-8 in Las Vegas.
05.08.2019

Melt Shop’s Guilty Pleasure Food Sparks Joy in Consumers

Josh Morgan, COO, described his concept, the Melt Shop, as a fast-casual restaurant granting diners permission to enjoy the food. “We invented the melted sandwich concept while playing with our friends,” he told the audience on day two of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas. “We started with grilled cheese and evolved.”
05.08.2019

Conserva Irrigation Sees Potential in Leaky Pipes

Making the pitch that growing Conserva Irrigation is job one after divesting Mosquito Squad, Outdoor Living Brands CEO Chris Grandpre said he sees massive potential in servicing irrigation systems in a world of growing water restrictions and costs.
05.08.2019

Mountain Mike's ‘Agents’ Bring Localized Accountability

At Mountain Mike's Pizza, six development agents help "steward" franchisees through all of franchise life's trials and tribulations.
05.07.2019

Sub Zero Pivots to Dietary Restrictions

Sub Zero showed a revised strategy based on the brand’s reaction to the tsunami of dietary restrictions, both real and self imposed. With a mix of shock value from a blast from the nitrogen tank and great on-stage banter, Sub Zero presented a truly fresh take on its growing ice cream business.
05.07.2019

Pincho Builds Brand With Love From Millennials

Calling it a millennial-oriented brand that uses viral marketing videos and Instagram to help cultivate a “cult-like following” around its offering of meat skewers, wraps, rice bowls and burgers, Pincho isn’t only a restaurant brand but also a digital brand, notes CEO Jayson Tipp.
05.07.2019

‘Art of the Deal’ as Told by FT Dealmakers Winners

Flynn Restaurant Group passed the $2 billion sales mark with its acquisition last year of U.S. Beef's 368 Arby’s stores, the Franchise Times 2019 Deal of the Year honored today at a gala luncheon at the Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas.
05.07.2019

A Merger and New Music for Calzone Brand D.P. Dough

D.P. Dough CEO Matt Crumpton helped start the 2019 Finance & Growth Conference off in a big way, announcing Monday the Columbus, Ohio-based calzone brand that calls itself “the pizza alternative” is merging with competitor Calios, a 13-unit chain out of New York.
05.07.2019

Data in Hand, Homewatch Caregivers Tees Up a Rebrand

Coaching franchisees at Homewatch Caregivers used to be “more random, back in the day, and now it’s more diagnostic and gets into the why,” said Jennifer Tucker, COO, at the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas Monday.
05.07.2019

Broken Yolk’s Trick to Open With 500-plus Fans

The marketing efforts at Broken Yolk bring in hundreds of people on day one by getting active on social media long before a location actually opens.
05.06.2019

Naf Naf Grill Ready to Fan Flames of Franchising

Speaking today at the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, CEO Paul Damico touted Naf Naf’s chicken shawarma, made in-house at each restaurant, along with each location’s full bakery dedicated to making “best in the industry” pita bread, as reasons why the brand stands out in an increasingly competitive Mediterranean-focused segment.
05.06.2019

Landing Private Equity Still a Goal at Pearle Vision

“We’ve been trying to land this plane for over a year now,” says Alex Wilkes, SVP, about his efforts to attract private equity firms to buy independent eye care brands and roll them up under the Pearle Vision platform.
05.06.2019

Phenix Touts New Tech Tool at FT Finance Event

Phenix Salon Suites plans to roll out its new technology application called Gina’s Platform within the next month, CEO Jason Rivera announced at the opening day of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas today.
05.06.2019

Buzz Brings 'Analytical Rigor' to British Swim School Buy

Adding to its portfolio of home service concepts, Buzz Franchise Brands acquires British Swim School as founder Rita Goldberg exits and brings in new CEO Greg Longe.
05.03.2019

Hotel Boom Times Slowing Down

It’s not lights out, but the U.S. hotel market is slowing down after a multi-year growth streak across all categories. According to STR Global, the U.S. hotel industry reported negative year-over-year results in three key performance metrics during the tail end of April.
05.03.2019

Market Immersion Key After Panera Acquisition

When Hamra Enterprises acquired a handful of Panera Bread cafes, the most important part was building trust with the new employees, says Hamra's CEO.
05.03.2019

‘Tis the Season for Registration Rovers in the Office

Lane Fisher is no dog whisperer. In fact, he was pretty vocal—talking at a rabid clip, hands waving—when the young lawyers in his office started showing up at work with their dogs to help get them through franchise registration season, an intense period that lasts from January through the end of April.
05.03.2019

Del Taco Goes ‘Beyond Meat’ for Alternative Protein

Beyond Meat blew up in its first day as a public company, and at the same time, Del Taco is rolling out the product in a big way.
05.02.2019

From KFC, a Better (But Not Classier) Way to Greet Mom

What says Happy Mother’s Day better than the Chickendales, KFC’s Colonel Sanders-themed takeoff on the scantily clad all-male Chippendales dancers? Well, nothing.
05.02.2019

ConnectOne Bancorp to Acquire BoeFly

“We were looking for an entrepreneurial bank,” said Mike Rozman, CEO and co-founder of online lending platform, BoeFly.
05.02.2019

‘Extreme Frustration’ at Jack in the Box as Sale Drags On

Jack in the Box’s road to a possible sale, now in its sixth month, is “painful” to members of the national franchisee association who say they object to cuts in general & administrative expenses to make the brand attractive to potential buyers but harm the operators, according to Michael Norwich, chairman of the association’s board.
05.01.2019

Dog Haus Set for Kitchen United’s Chicago Debut

When Kitchen United’s first virtual kitchen opens in the River North neighborhood in Chicago, scheduled for early this month, Dog Haus will be one of a dozen brands testing the viability of a mobile-ordering and delivery-only restaurant.
05.01.2019

‘Raving Fans’ Help Build Burn Boot Camp to 200 Units

“If people are looking at multiple fitness brands, trying to decide which one to go with, that’s a big red flag,” says co-founder Devan Kline, who wants franchisees who only have eyes for Huntersville, North Carolina-based Burn Boot Camp.
05.01.2019

IOT in Action at Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A shares some of its tricks (and a few "what ifs") as it aggressively pushes toward a truly connected restaurant.
04.25.2019

Wetzel’s First Test of Delivery Yields Pleasant Surprises

Just a few weeks into a test of delivery for Wetzel’s Pretzels, new CEO Jennifer Schuler counts two surprises, in a good way.
04.25.2019

Antarctica Is Next for Anytime, and Then, Mars?

When the Magellan Explorer departs on its maiden voyage to Antarctica in November the adventure expedition ship will have one more amenity.
04.24.2019

Hyatt’s Hip Centric Brand Hitting Up Memphis, Nashville, Austin

Hyatt just announced plans to open new locations in the hip U.S. cities of Nashville, Austin and Memphis. Each will be built in the downtown areas, expressly designed for “savvy explorers” looking to build out their Instagram profiles.
04.24.2019

Heading Inland But Trying to Keep Shuckin’ Shack Vibe

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, which started as a 900-square-foot shack in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, in 2007, is heading inland for growth.
04.23.2019

Survey: Historic Labor Headaches Continue

While restaurant operators need little reminder about labor headaches, a new survey shows how they are reacting.
04.19.2019

Dale Carnegie ‘Zee Sees Opportunity in China

Dale Carnegie Training began operating outside the United States in the 1940s. Now, 127 of its 228 territories are in international markets, and about five years ago revenue from international operations began exceeding its domestic system.
04.19.2019

Nominations Open for Franchising Gives Back Awards

Now in its fifth year, the IFA and its Educational Foundation are seeking nominations that highlight the charitable efforts of franchisors, franchisees and industry suppliers. Gold award winners receive a $5,000 donation and Silver winners receive a $1,000 donation for their charity partner and are recognized during the Franchising Gives Back Celebration and Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on September 9.
04.19.2019

Still Flat at MAACO but New Prez Forecasts Growth

2018 was another flat year for sales growth at MAACO, the auto repair and paint franchise that also stayed flat the prior year, said Bob Benjamin, president for about 11 months. But he predicts growth will get going again in 2019.
04.18.2019

UberEats Dangles Swanky Events to Lure Customers

Select restaurant delivery customers of UberEats can participate in decidedly swanky events, according to Bowie Cheung, head of regional operations for the delivery service. Think South by Southwest, March Madness and the Oscars, as he described at the Food On Demand Conference in Chicago earlier this month.
04.18.2019

That Voice in Your Head Telling You to Re-Order? It’s Google

In the future, tapping an app to order food will be soooooooo 2019, says the Google executive charged with convincing the masses to use Google Assistant, its artificial intelligence offering.
04.18.2019

Randy’s Donuts Franchising With or Without Giant Donut

After 66 years and with a new owner at the helm, Randy's Donuts is ready to franchise.
04.12.2019

Training, Correcting Errors Drives Real Money to Bottom Line

There are a lot of areas where restaurant operators can save without denigrating the customer experience.
04.10.2019

GPS Adds Pizza Huts, Could Cross 500-unit Mark in 2019

Atlanta-based franchisee GPS Hospitality recently added 75 Pizza Hut restaurants to its portfolio that already includes 400 Burger King and Popeyes locations, bringing its footprint to 13 states.
04.10.2019

Dessert- and Drink-Only Restaurants? Yes, Please.

I am delighted by the new Edwards Dessert Kitchen bar and restaurant in Minneapolis. A brick-and-mortar experiment by Schwan’s, this restaurant for drinks and treats feels like something new.
04.10.2019

Legal Eagles Tackle FDD Bloat, Complexity

Franchise disclosure documents have gotten absolutely massive and complex—and some franchise attorneys want to do some major trimming.
04.05.2019

Many Approaches to IoT in the Wind

The internet of things (IoT) is here, but how this low-cost, high-impact technological framework fits in restaurants, healthcare or retail hasn’t quite been fleshed out out.
04.04.2019

Delivery Dudes Boss Jabs Underbelly of Delivery Explosion

In case anyone was overwhelmed or even jaded by the shiny, giant delivery players speaking on stage at the Food On Demand Conference today—Grubhub, UberEats, Postmates, Google and their impressive peers—along came Delivery Dudes’ founder Jayson Koss, speaking truth to power in funny fashion and rocking the best hair of the conference.
04.02.2019

‘Sharpen Your Pencil’ Falls on Deaf Ears for Grubhub Exec

Since Seth Priebatsch, founder of LevelUp, joined Grubhub after his company’s acquisition, he’s been bombarded by requests from restaurant operators to give a discount. What he’s heard most often: “Sharpen your pencil,” he said during the second day of the Food On Demand Conference, but he joked there’s a problem with that phrase. “I’m a millennial so I’ve never even used a pencil!”
04.02.2019

Delivery Part of ‘Long-term Strategy’ for ‘Zors, Says KFC Exec

“We have to think about a system of 4,000 stores and how are you going to create a consistent experience,” says Dawn Croft, KFC's director of legal, speaking today at the Food On Demand Conference in Chicago.
04.01.2019

‘Keep Experimenting’ Urges 4th Gen Canter’s Deli Operator

From the brilliant idea file comes this, from Alex Canter, who grew up as the fourth generation of his family’s restaurant business called Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles. It has to do with grilled cheese sandwiches, as he told the audience at today’s Food On Demand Conference in Chicago.
04.01.2019

Delivery Biz in Third Inning, Food On Demand Speaker Says

Owning the customer is critical for restaurant operators as the delivery and mobile ordering business evolves, said Andrew Charles, senior analyst for Cowen & Company, in opening remarks at the Food On Demand Conference in Chicago today.
04.01.2019

Hospitality Must Be at Heart of Delivery, Chef Orkin Says

When famed ramen chef Ivan Orkin opened a tiny ramen shop in a suburb of Tokyo in 2007, he’d look out his shop window and see an old lady who ran a tobacco store. “This old lady and I became fast friends,” he recalled to the opening day audience at the Food On Demand Conference in Chicago, and ultimately taught him a lesson in hospitality and delivery that he shared with the crowd.
04.01.2019

Inspire Brands Shouts Impact from the Rooftop

Arby’s parent Inspire Brands has launched Inspire Impact, which is a data-driven platform to show how the franchised conglomerate is making positive contributions to the local and national economy.
03.29.2019

Hummus & Pita Co. Prime for Growth, Says Fransmart CEO

Dan Rowe, whose Fransmart franchise development company is helping fuel the expansion of brands such as The Halal Guys, Curry Up Now and Cauldron Ice Cream, shares why he thinks Hummus & Pita Co. could be the next big thing.
03.28.2019

CircusTrix Founder Flips for New Franchise Called Defy

Defy parks will include ninja warrior courses, flying trapezes, G-tramping and more, under the CircusTrix umbrella.
03.27.2019

Saints' Brees, Walk-On's Founder Back Smalls Sliders

Smalls Sliders is the newest concept backed by New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, also an equity partner in Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar, and Walk-On’s co-founder Brandon Landry. Jacob Dugas, Landry’s nephew who owned a catering business, is also getting in on the game.
03.27.2019
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