Sharon Hicks and her daughter Sheridan Gleason were looking for a business they could do together, and they found Whimsy Cookie Co., a young franchise based in Memphis. Their first store is set to open in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth, by the end of August/first of September.
If auto repair franchises are running a mad dash to improve their technician training—and they definitely are, as learned when reporting an auto aftermarket story this month— then Christian Brothers Automotive is leading the pack.
When Bob Benjamin became Maaco’s new president about a year ago, one of his first moves was to ask for a complete overhaul of the auto repair franchise’s certification process. It’s beginning to pay off, according to the man tapped to head up the project.
Guillermo Perales and Sun Holdings opened the group’s 150th Popeyes restaurant in July in its home market of Dallas, Texas, bringing the company’s store total to 1,000 across nine brands spanning food and retail.
As farmhouse chic and eclectic clutter are (finally) on the wane in American home design, Danish furniture builder and international franchise retailer BoConcept hopes Americans are finally starting to embrace the clean lines and painstakingly simple modern design trends that are so popular in other countries.
Nope, I’m not having a stroke or dreaming, Arby’s is really launching a top-secret menu to the hilarious sounding “raid” on the U.S. government’s Area 51 that will include one of the PR savvy brand’s food trucks to dive conspiracy-first into the fun.
When Kassie Boone heads to Sturgess, South Dakota, in early August to perform at the iconic annual motorcycle rally, she’s likely to roll out her latest favorite trick. “Call it a one-handed Superman,” she says, describing the hair-raising trick shown in the photo nearby before correcting herself. “Or call it the Superwoman.”
Two men who bought 13 corporate stores from Mr. Gatti’s Pizza last September for $4 million have filed a complaint against the franchisor, claiming executives did not disclose financial problems at the firm that led to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in January.
Quentin Wittrock has seen plenty of evolution in the franchise industry during his 32 years as an attorney with Minneapolis firm Gray Plant Mooty, perhaps the most impactful and far-reaching being the rise of the large multi-unit operator.
The restaurant industry is uniquely suited to provide jobs for people transitioning out of the prison system, says Rob Gifford, and with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is launching a new program aimed at doing just that.
“Nobody here has ever said, Hey, let me tell you about this perfectly adequate experience I just had,” said Jay Baer, a speaker at the Carstar annual convention in Chicago last week. Rather, owners should try to generate a “talk trigger.”
Decisions, decisions. That’s the conundrum when visiting Wetzel's Pretzels Twisted Kitchen at its headquarters in Pasadena, California, and choosing among the concoctions the food stylist and marketing team are whipping up on a visit this week.
Behind the sliding glass window of a typical fast-food drive-thru is a chaotic place. Employees sitting there have to process orders, hand off food and listen to all manner of customers through background noise, music and passing traffic. Valyant AI says it has largely solved the order-taking task with a new digital employee named Holly.
There’s a running conversation about delivery’s impact on restaurant margins, and now investment advisor Hedgeye Risk Management has crunched the numbers in a range of scenarios, including how much delivery impacts the total volume, as well as incrementality and various commission rates.
Trilantic North America announced this week the sale of its majority stake in Home Franchise Concepts to JM Family Enterprises, a $16 billion Florida-based automotive company that’s one of the largest independent distributors of Toyota vehicles.
Last Friday Sonu Chandi, president of Chandi Hospitality, and his brother opened their 4,500-square-foot Mountain Mike’s Pizza restaurant on Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa, California. In October 2017, their store was one of 55 businesses destroyed in the Tubbs Fire.
Twice a month I’m plucking the key details from dozens of multi-unit franchise development agreements to give you everything you need to know to stay informed and, of course, keep an eye on what the competition is doing. That's the Franchise Times Deal Tracker.
Food costs are a big deal in the restaurant world, and a new report from Wells Fargo analyst Jon Tower shows that many of the key restaurant inputs are getting more expensive in recent months, with trends suggesting that commodity prices are set to be a major factor in the coming year.
It was the Pride Parade in Chicago yesterday, and the fashions were only part of the scene. Kicking off the annual journey down Halsted Street, the heart of Chicago’s Boystown and LGBTQ community, was Grand Marshall Lori Lightfoot making history as the city’s first openly gay mayor.
A master franchise agreement with Xponential Fitness will bring Club Pilates, Pure Barre, CycleBar, YogaSix and AKT studios to Saudi Arabia, where women-only gyms have been gaining popularity since the government began licensing them in 2017 as part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s Vision 2030 plan.
At this point, the franchise industry is used to some brand-on-brand ribbing. We watch with bated breath for the next clapback from Arby’s or Wendy’s on Twitter. Cheba Hut, however, spared the niceties and the corporate speak.
The National Owners Association, the McDonald’s franchisees who famously formed last fall the first independent group to address what they see as corporate missteps, explained why it has “elected to not pursue legal action” against the brand, according to a missive from its board to members sent yesterday.
Business partners Franseda Natalio, William Siawira and Erwin Sujono, under the auspices of Yogurtland Indonesia Global Mandiri, inked a deal to open at least 10 stores in the Southeast Asian nation over the next three years.
Data is everything for restaurants trying to make sense of third-party delivery, among other off-premises channels. In its latest survey of 515 delivery customers, Wells Fargo Senior Analyst Jon Tower and Associate Analyst William Miller found that promotions are a greater driver of behavior among respondents, with delivery fees less of a motivator than its previous surveys.
Neal Courtney’s daughter “was an absolute nightmare when it was time to get her hair cut,” he says, and the 3-year-old “hated” going to the salon. That changed when Courtney and wife Alexis brought Nieve to a local Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids shop in suburban Salt Lake City.
For everyone who thought Parker and Roxy and Millie were adorable in our pet-friendly hotels story this June/July, comes the other side of the story. “What looks so inviting for some is just the opposite for others,” writes Mark Liston, director of special projects for Neighborly and former president of Glass Doctors.
A public awareness and fundraising campaign is underway as America’s Swimming Pool Company launches its Clean Water Matters effort in partnership with OneWorld Health. The initiative supports OneWorld Health’s mission to provide a clean water source to hospitals in East Africa and Central America.
Natural disasters are both more frequent and, for brands that help clean up the mess, a major business opportunity. Environmentally friendly Lapels Dry Cleaning is expanding its restoration services department to serve disaster restoration specialists, insurance companies and first responders.