Kate Jaspon, former chief financial officer of Dunkin’ Brands, took over the role of chief financial officer of Inspire Brands in June, replacing David Pipes who retired after 40 years in the industry. For Jaspon, connecting with mentors and sponsors throughout her career has been a key to h…

The creatively named uBreakiFix is history, changed to Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions, the company announced today. Asurion bought the tech repair franchise in 2019 and retained co-founder Justin Wetherill as CEO until June 2021, when Asurion's Dave Barbuto took the role and Wetherill became senior adviser.

In an article about Edible Arrangements in January 2021, founder and CEO Tariq Farid vowed the retailer known for its fresh fruit bouquets was back on track. That was after two years in a row of double-digit sales declines and 150-plus stores shed. This October, the Franchise Times Top 400 offers proof. 

Former Popeyes Chief Development Officer Greg Vojnovic is back in the chicken game, but he's working with the competition. Vojnovic and his company Cedartown Chicken agreed to buy seven Bojangles restaurants in western Georgia and signed a development deal to open 11 new locations in the sam…

We’ve been interviewing high-performing CEOs this month for the upcoming Franchise Times Top 400 issue, publishing October 1, and asking executives of the largest U.S.-based franchises how they grew sales and units in a pandemic. Turns out many didn’t do it alone; they had help from a key adviser or mentor along the way. Here are six standouts, from the simple to the sublime.

This Monday, September 13, was the first day New York City officials were enforcing the vaccine mandate for customers—or to be precise, enforcing whether restaurant, gym and theater owners were enforcing the mandate that customers needed to show proof of vaccination to come indoors. Art Depole, co-owner of a Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes shop in Times Square, was flummoxed when reached just after the lunch rush.

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