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Hungry Howie’s Adds Free Mammograms to ‘Love, Hope & Pizza'

Every October, the pizzas boxes at Hungry Howie’s turn bright pink to mark the beginning of breast cancer awareness month. This year Hungry Howie’s celebrated the 10th anniversary of its “Love, Hope & Pizza” event, which is centered on donating a portion of its profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

New Capriotti’s Franchisee Stakes Ground in Pacific Northwest

From Sweeto Burrito to Capriotti’s, restaurant veteran and multi-unit franchisee Steve Holdeman has his sights set on bringing sub sandwiches to the Pacific Northwest. Capriotti’s and Holdeman inked a deal that will see 17 new units go up in multiple states by 2025.

My Favorite Muffin Gets Back to Basics

The leadership team at My Favorite Muffin thinks going back to basics is the path forward.

PuroClean Leads Pack in Strong Disaster Restoration Segment

Systemwide sales at disaster restoration franchises on Franchise Times’ Top 200+ list hit $4 billion in 2018, an 18.9 percent increase, our researched showed.

Inspire Brands Finalizes Jimmy John’s Acquisition

The acquisition of sandwich giant Jimmy John’s has gone through, so the nearly 3,000-restaurant brand is now part of Inspire Brands, which is now the fourth-largest restaurant company in the United States.

Buzz Kill for Cannabis Lawyers at ABA Forum on Franchising

A buzz kill was in store today as attorneys packed into a panel about cannabis and franchising and mostly heard about dire warnings and ever-changing regulations, at the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising in Denver.

Unity Rd Is New Name for One Cannabis, But Chief Grower Misses Old Days

Today the One Cannabis grow facility in Colorado is completely buttoned-down and highly regulated, a far cry from 2009 and the "cowboy" days of the marijuana business.

If Age Is Just a Number, Consider YoungConference

If you’re at that awkward age when everyone from the airplane captain to your new boss to your gastroenterologist is about as old as your children, you may think you’re too long in the tooth for the Franchise YoungConference—but Zack Fishman says maybe not.

Cherry Hearn Brings Many Hats to Role of Which Wich President

From outside counsel to franchisee to general counsel for the brand, Cherry Hearn brings a lot of varied experience to her new job as president of Which Wich.

Five Guys, BurgerFi Show Better Burger Strength on FT Top 200+

Though it remains a small portion of the overall burger category, which sits at $154 billion in total sales, better burger franchises on the Franchise Times Top 200+ grew their top lines by nearly 7 percent to $2.9 billion in 2018. The Top 200+ is Franchise Times’ exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises based on global systemwide sales.

Famous Dave's Shrinks Restaurants, Shifts Menu for Delivery

Famous Dave’s released details of a new, more compact restaurant prototype geared toward increased delivery and catering in Minneapolis. This smaller store format is part of the brand’s multi-year revival that has included several new store designs.

Frequent Founder Adds ‘Automatic Fit’ in Kitchen Wise

Paul Flick is the founder of three franchises—360 Painting, Pro Lift Doors and Handyman Pro—and he’s just completed his second acquisition, adding Kitchen Wise under the Premium Service Brands umbrella.

Rebrand First, Then Sales Push for New Ace Franchise

Ace Hardware, No. 5 on this year’s Franchise Times Top 200+ list, plans a major franchising push starting the second quarter of next year for Handyman Matters, the Denver-based home improvement service chain Ace acquired in September.

Cousins Subs Tweaks for Non-Traditional Locations

Wisconsin-based sub shop Cousins Subs is finding success in operating non-traditional locations, including its first-ever airport location at the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.

Applebee’s Is Lone Casual Dining Grower on FT Top 200+

When two of the supposed top three brands in a segment actually saw sales decline, you know there’s a problem. Though it actually recovered slightly from 2017’s 3 percent drop, the casual dining subcategory of restaurants in the Franchise Times Top 200+ is still going in the wrong direction, save for Applebee’s, the only brand to see positive sales growth in 2018.

Wendy’s 'Rolls' Out Supremely Nerdy Marketing

Do you have what it takes to help Queen Wendy protect her fresh burgers from the insidious Ice Jester and his frozen patty-slinging minions?

Drew Brees Joins Franworth, Likes ‘Gut and Courage’ of Franchising

“When the opportunity came to join Franworth as a partner alongside John, David Barr, and the incredible team and brands assembled within, it was a no-brainer,” said Drew Brees of joining the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based firm in August as a partner and executive board member.

With 94-Unit Denny’s Deal, WKS No. 1 in Three Brands

WKS Restaurant Group out of Cypress, California, is now the largest Denny’s franchisee in the system. The new location-count leader took the crown by adding 94 restaurants that formerly belonged to QK Holdings.

Time to Gain Recognition for Brilliant M&A Deal-Making

It's been a busy fall already with mergers and acquisitions in franchising, with many of the deals sure to be competitive in our annual Franchise Times Dealmakers project, with nominations open now through December 31 by clicking on the Dealmakers button nearby and at www. franchisetimes.com.

Another Broken Egg Grows as Breakfast Stays Hot

As the restaurant industry keeps struggling with sluggish traffic numbers—at best—Another Broken Egg Cafe is attempting to double down on the continued strength of the breakfast daypart.

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