Go inside Inspire Brands’ $11.3-billion buy of Dunkin’ Brands, a transaction that gives the multi-concept restaurant company nearly 32,000 stores and system sales of $26 billion. Plus check out 10 more bold deals in our annual Franchise Times Dealmakers project.

Rent-A-Center has been refranchising corporate rent-to-own stores since 2015, with 400 stores franchisee-owned and about 2,000 corporate-owned today. VP of Franchising Michael Landry has developed a few tricks along the way. “We didn’t want store teams to be distracted from running our corpo…

The giant Yum Brands, with 51,000 restaurants, closed its $375-million purchase of the 260-unit The Habit Burger Grill on March 18, 2020, “and within a day the stay-at-home orders were issued for California, where they shut down all public spaces, pools, meetings, etcetera, etcetera,” recall…

FAT Brands CEO Andy Wiederhorn calls the purchase of Johnny Rockets last year a “transformative” transaction, “rounding out our burger portfolio and providing us with another strong, iconic brand to share with our franchisees.” The $25 million purchase from Sun Capital Partners doubled the p…

Any deal is tough to close, but when you have four different franchisees who band together to sell 67 total Moe’s Southwest Grill units, the hurdles are higher. “When those issues are magnified by 4X and have different personalities and decision makers, it is that much more difficult,” said …

Local Marketing Solutions Group or LMSG heard through the rumor mill that MoneyMailer USA was shutting down. “It was a strategic growth company and we had done a number of acquisitions. Going into 2020, we didn’t have an acquisition planned,” said LMSG CEO and President Al Croke, who noted L…

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