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How Stumpy’s Became America’s First Indoor Hatchet Throwing Franchise

Will axe throwing have the same staying power as bowling? Stumpy’s Hatchet House seems to think so.

Famous Dave’s Parent to Buy Granite City Out of Bankruptcy

In its first big deal, BBQ Holdings Inc., the parent company of the Famous Dave’s franchise, will buy fellow Minnesota-based chain Granite City Food and Brewery. The acquisition of the 25-unit casual dining concept comes two months after Granite City filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

As Growth Explodes, Chicken Salad Chick Sticks to ‘Secret Sauce’

Now at 150 locations, Chicken Salad Chick had a good 2019 and it’s looking like a good 2020, too. But as the good times roll, CEO Scott Deviney said a key part of his job is keeping the concept feeling like it did at 15 locations.

Tips From Top Brands on Improving Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship

Experts from haircutting franchise Sports Clips, home service parent company Neighborly, and women-only kickboxing circuit 30 Minute Hit converged for a panel on building trust and engagement with your franchisees at the International Franchise Association convention in Orlando. Here are their top tips, ranging from surprisingly simple to easier-said-than-done.

If the KFC X Crocs Shoes Fit, Wear ‘Em

Broke fashionistas, this one's for you: Kentucky Fried Chicken X Crocs Clogs are billed as this spring’s hottest shoe, looking like a bucket of KFC chicken and complete with two removable charms that look like a fried drumstick.

Detail Garage VP Calls Lawsuit ‘Distressing,’ Touts the Positives

Detail Garage VP John Mansfield gave a general defense against allegations in a sweeping lawsuit filed in California District Court in late January, but did not address specific claims made in Cardinal Investments One v. Detail Garage.

Clean Water Franchise Jibu Grows to Eight Countries in Africa

I caught up with Galen Welsch at the International Franchise Association convention in Orlando to get an update on the status of Jibu, a social franchise providing clean drinking water in Africa.

Return of Colonel Sanders Helps KFC Climb Back From ‘Rock Bottom’

Speaking today at the IFA Convention in Orlando, Kevin Hochman, who as chief marketing officer in 2015 was part of the campaign to resurrect the Colonel, shared how KFC revamped its strategy in the face of slumping sales and franchisee unrest.

Popeyes’ Game Changer: 393 Million Reasons to Innovate

When Popeyes chicken sandwich launched, it was clearly a phenomenon and shows yet again that when brands innovate, good things happen.

CaliBurger’s First Futuristic Location Two Months In

For two months, a CaliBurger operator has been plugged into the company's “restaurant operating system." So far, so good.

Pop-up Fashion Franchise TaylorMarie’s Targets Senior Market

TaylorMarie’s Apparel provides personalized customer service and empowers senior women to model in fashion shows.

Former ‘Zee Takes Top Job at Tough Mudder Bootcamp

The fitness franchise is targeting “high-level investors” in an attempt to grow the brand in a studio fitness segment brimming with competitors. Britt Canady, named CEO in January, said Tough Mudder Bootcamp has a “controlled but very aggressive growth strategy,” and benefits from the “national and international brand awareness” that comes with the Tough Mudder name.

Lawsuit Calls Detail Garage ‘A Sham’ to Enrich Founders

A sweeping lawsuit against Detail Garage claims the founders of the auto-detailing supplies retailer are running a “shell-franchise operation” and “anticompetitive scheme” whose actual purpose is to boost revenue for their affiliate companies, primarily Smart LLC and ChemicalGuys.com and including 14 entities in all.

12 Capture Franchise Times Dealmakers Awards

Franchise Times today announces winners of the 2020 Franchise Times Dealmakers awards, the eighth annual project recognizing the boldest players driving mergers and acquisitions in franchising.

Wendy’s Breakfast Officially Launches Nationwide March 2

Get ready for Breakfast Baconators, Frosty-ccinos and Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits.

For Founders Considering Outside Investors, ‘Have a Plan’

An understanding of what exactly they want is something too many franchise founders overlook before jumping into talks with outside investors, said Anthony Polazzi, president and CEO of AP Franchised Concepts, which he established in 2016 to invest in and operate restaurant and retail concepts.

Greene Turtle Field Trainer Takes 24-hour Super Plunge For Special Olympics

Rachel Grant dove into the icy Chesapeake Bay every hour for 24 hours. Crazy? Maybe, but it was for a good cause—raising money for Special Olympics Maryland.

Three Dough Boys Chapter 11 Closes Episode in Mr. Gatti’s Saga

When Three Dough Boys, comprised of former Papa John’s execs Jeff Tisdel and Kenny Starks plus a third partner, bought 13 corporate locations of Mr. Gatti’s Pizza in Austin, Texas, in 2018 for $4 million, the three were hailed as “a powerful addition for our brand.” Now the investment group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

‘No Two Alike’ Motto Is One Factor in Bar Louie Decline

Bar Louie hired an investment banker to sell the chain of 134 restaurants last fall, but three letters of intent turned up no deal. Now the Addison, Texas-based chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The Big Game at Wing Zone? Selling 1 Million Wings in Three Hours

At Wing Zone, the company’s “big game” is the days and hours right before kickoff of the actual Super Bowl.

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Tom KaiserTom Kaiser is senior editor of Franchise Times. He can be reached at 612.767.3209, or send story ideas to tkaiser@franchisetimes.com.
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