NFL superstar Drew Brees has signed with Stretch Zone, becoming its most famous franchisee and taking a seat on its newly created board of directors. He plans to open stretching studios in New Orleans, San Diego and the Midwest, but details will have to wait—the Saints quarterback has some football to play.

Driven Brands Holdings Inc. raised $700 million in its initial public offering yesterday, selling almost 32 million shares, down from a planned 38 million, for $22 each. That's 19 percent higher than its initial range of $17 to $20. The IPO set a couple of records, too, according to BofA Securities, bookrunner on the deal.

Young franchise concepts can garner loads of attention, especially as they envision major development deals that yield hundreds of locations across the country and consumers who flock to their doors. The reality is often much harsher, however.

Xponential Fitness acquired four brands in 2018 and another in 2019 to round out its portfolio of eight fitness franchises. The franchisor of Club Pilates and CycleBar added Pure Barre, Row House and the dance-based studio brand AKT among others since its creation in 2017 by CEO Anthony Geis…

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