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Is Your Lawyer a Legal Eagle? Nominate Them!

As we get closer to the announcement of the 2020 class of Legal Eagles, let’s look back at what makes them so great.

Curry Up Now Snags Investment From Joe Montana’s VC Firm

Liquid 2 Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm, is getting into the restaurant business, investing in fast-casual Indian franchise Curry Up Now. The San Francisco-based firm counts among its founders Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, also a serial angle investor whose investments include Pinterest and Dropbox.

Latest Illinois Case Shows Risk in Using Biometric Data

A lawsuit filed last month in Illinois against the retailer Target for its use of facial recognition technology illustrates the potential liability for franchises, points out Dawn Johnson, attorney at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale.

Regis Take-Back Shows Road to Asset Light Can Be Rocky

A deal has come undone between Regis Corp. and The Beautiful Group, the Los Angeles-based franchisee that acquired some 500 Regis and Mastercuts mall-based hair salons in 2017.

Anita Adams Moves Into CEO Role at Black Bear Diner

In a long-planned leadership change-up, Anita Adams has been named CEO of casual dining concept Black Bear Diner.

Final Joint Employer Rule Gives ‘Clarity’ to Franchise Industry

One month after the National Labor Relations Board absolved McDonald’s of responsibility for alleged labor violations by its franchisees, the franchise industry received further clarity on the issue of joint employment after the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule January 12.

South Korean Bonchon Crests 100 U.S. Locations

Not many international brands get beyond a few locations in big, global markets. But Bonchon just inched over the 100-location mark.

Women-only 30 Minute Hit Continues U.S. Expansion

30 Minute Hit offers a circuit training model that doesn’t restrict members to specific class times. But that’s not the only differentiator in a boxing sub-segment that’s become increasingly competitive, with the likes of 9Round, Title Boxing and I Love Kickboxing vying for members—and for franchisees.

Picnic’s Pizza Robot Takes Aim at Big Pizza Operators

Picnic's pizza bot got some viral attention at the Consumer Electronics Show, but it's best suited for big pizza.

Minuteman Press ‘Zee Shares How He Hit $1 Million

Andy Kiecker is the latest Minuteman Press franchisee to join the President’s Million-Dollar Circle, achieving yearly gross sales of at least $1 million.

Elder-Well Is Former ‘Zees' First Try as Franchisor

Two former Home Helpers franchisees are launching Elder-Well, what they call a first-to-market franchise in which owners offer an adult day program for seniors in their own homes or in leased single-family homes or commercial buildings.

Yum’s Bid for Habit Burger Signals New Stance on M&A, Analyst Says

Habit Burger shareholders gave a thumbs up to the proposed purchase of the California-based chain by Yum Brands, pushing the stock up 32 percent in its first day of trading after the $375-million acquisition ($14 per share) was announced.

Former Fridays President Set to Crack Growth at Eggs Up Grill

Ricky Richardson is eager to jump back into start-up mode as the new CEO at Eggs Up Grill.

Hot State or Not? United Van Lines Reports

Idaho’s hot but New Jersey’s not, at least according to United Van Lines 43rd annual survey.

'Let’s Go' Is Christian Bros’ Mantra to Fix Cars for Single Moms

“There are 24,000 single women in Houston living under the poverty line, and I want to just knock that down in the next 10 years,” declared Jonathan Carr, president of Christian Brothers Automotive Foundation. His vehicle to meet that goal is The Hub Garage.

Traffic Data Quantifies Popeyes' Explosive Chicken Sandwich

Some new traffic data shows just how explosive the Popeyes chicken sandwich—and the re-launch in November—really was.

Italy Emerges as Ripe Market for Johnny Rockets

Highlighting the food quality at Johnny Rockets, along with its “American origins and spirit,” have been crucial to the brand’s success in Italy, said franchisee Giangiacomo Groppetti.

Everything but Marijuana at MJBizCon Show

A Samuel Taylor Coleridge paraphrase could have described the buttoned-down MJBizCon show in Las Vegas last week.

IFA Has One Word for McD’s Joint Employer Ruling

When the National Labor Relations Board last week absolved McDonald’s of responsibility for alleged labor violations by its franchisees, Matt Haller of the International Franchise Association responded in a word: “Finally.”

The Endorphin Catalyst? Ninja Nation’s Unique Approach to Family Fitness

To the untrained eye, the Ninja Nation gyms look like a wild collage of red and blue blocks that belong to an unassembled playground. But amid the complex designs are multi-faceted obstacles that are simple enough for children to use, but genius in the way they focus on training and developing strength in different parts of the body. But most importantly, it’s fun to watch.

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