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The Price of Brand Loyalty at Anytime Fitness

The Price of Brand Loyalty at Anytime Fitness

How much is brand loyalty worth to your franchise? To Chuck Runyon, CEO of Anytime Fitness, the answer is a cool half million and counting. That’s how much Anytime has spent reimbursing any franchise partner or customer who gets a Runningman tattoo, the company’s symbol, snaps a photo of it and sends it in to headquarters in Woodbury, Minnesota.

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Got Conflict? Zee and Zors Advise Talking it Out

Got Conflict? Zee and Zors Advise Talking it Out

“My role is to make the dream come true for the person who had the idea,”said Tam Kennedy, a Taco John’s franchisee with nine locations in Minnesota and Iowa, and with a mindset that she must be the embodiment of a premier operator. She spoke on a panel about working through conflict between franchisees and franchisors at the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit last week.

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Unlock the Power of Data, Franchise Experts Say

Unlock the Power of Data, Franchise Experts Say

The smartest franchise brands are not simply looking at data, but also gleaning useful insights to improve operations, such as reducing food waste by evaluating inventory or understanding which menu items are selling and stocking accordingly.

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Inspire Brands Creating 1,100 Jobs in Atlanta

Inspire Brands Creating 1,100 Jobs in Atlanta

Inspire Brands, the newly created parent company of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty Taco, announced it will create more than 1,100 new jobs and move its headquarters a mile west in the northern Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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From Firefighter to Fashion: The Story Behind Apricot Lane Boutique

From Firefighter to Fashion: The Story Behind Apricot Lane Boutique

In the time not spent fighting flames and saving civilians, many firefighters turn to construction or other manual labor-type jobs—but not Ken Petersen. Instead, he went the retail route and founded Apricot Lane Boutique, a women’s fashion franchise that offers unique flexibility in franchising and has partnered with Disney.

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When Making Change, ‘Zee to ‘Zee Intel Is Best

When Making Change, ‘Zee to ‘Zee Intel Is Best

“With new prospects I say, change is inevitable but growth is optional,” says Paul Pickett, chief development officer of Wild Birds Unlimited, a retail franchise selling everything to enable bird feeding and watching. He spoke on a panel about leading system change at the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit Wednesday in Minneapolis.

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‘Golden Nugget’ at Faegre Conference: No Eeyores Allowed

‘Golden Nugget’ at Faegre Conference: No Eeyores Allowed

Panelists were asked to share their “golden nuggets” with attendees of the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit this week—meaning their best takeaways for attendees to put into action—and one speaker put it pithily.

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Turning a 1850s Farmhouse Into an Arby’s

Turning a 1850s Farmhouse Into an Arby’s

I’ve heard my fair share of creative real estate plays in the franchise world, but newly released plans for an Arby’s in Pennsylvania takes the cake as the most creative adaptive reuse in the franchised restaurant business.

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New Deal Positions European Wax Center for Further Growth

New Deal Positions European Wax Center for Further Growth

Since brothers David and Joshua Coba founded European Wax Center in 2004 the franchise zoomed from four centers to close to 700 nationwide, and recent news from the brand indicates it has no plans to slow down.

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No, Culture-Craving Millennials Didn’t Kill Mayo

No, Culture-Craving Millennials Didn’t Kill Mayo

Unique cultural dishes are central in some of the fastest-growing concepts in the space and finding menu space across the industry. But that's no death-knell for mayo.

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Wendy’s Flush After Selling Inspire Brands Stake

Wendy’s Flush After Selling Inspire Brands Stake

Wendy’s has quite a windfall in the bank after selling its ownership stake in Inspire Brands.

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Red Roof Launches Extended-Stay HomeTowne Studios

Red Roof Launches Extended-Stay HomeTowne Studios

As the good times keep rolling in the hospitality world, after nearly a decade of rising sales, occupancy and new property construction, Red Roof is launching its new HomeTowne Studios, an extended-stay brand designed to provide travelers with comfortable, cost-effective longer-term accommodations.

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More Beer and Brats as King’s Bierhaus Signs First Franchisee

More Beer and Brats as King’s Bierhaus Signs First Franchisee

King’s Bierhaus, the elaborate German-themed restaurant concept complete with outdoor biergarten, is expanding in its home market of Houston, Texas. Founders Hans and Philipp Sitter inked their first franchise deal with Chung Hui to add three more locations.

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Mosquito Joe Is Latest Brand on Dwyer’s Speed-Dial

Mosquito Joe Is Latest Brand on Dwyer’s Speed-Dial

Mosquito Joe is the Dwyer Group's newest home service brand, the 288-territory pest control business based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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For Wingstop Star, Pizza Patron Growth a Struggle

For Wingstop Star, Pizza Patron Growth a Struggle

Charles Loflin, the largest Wingstop operator and the CEO of Pizza Patron, is learning how difficult it is to build a franchise.

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At Hounds Town USA It's Dogs First, People Second

At Hounds Town USA It's Dogs First, People Second

By caring about dogs first and people second, former head of the NYPD canine unit Mike Gould has been able to grow his doggy day care franchise Hounds Town USA. With seven locations open and more to come soon, Gould’s unique yet simple business model is what he thinks sets him apart from other pet care companies.

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PE Firm Trilantic, Planet Fitness ‘Zee Partner for Growth

PE Firm Trilantic, Planet Fitness ‘Zee Partner for Growth

Private equity firm Trilantic North America acquired a majority interest in Planet Fitness franchisee Taymax with an eye toward more acquisitions.

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Get Your Piece of Booming U.S. Cities

Get Your Piece of Booming U.S. Cities

None of us know how long this unprecedented economic expansion will last, but American cities are still booming. During the last decade, this growth of U.S. cities has been nearly universal, with metropolises large and small, old and new growing at rates we haven’t seen any time in recent memory.

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Take 5 Veep Thinks Franchise Rollouts Go Better With Money

Take 5 Veep Thinks Franchise Rollouts Go Better With Money

Ted Rippey’s family built the 1-800 Radiator franchise from “this rinky-dink, two-unit parts warehouse” into a 230-unit auto parts company they sold to Driven Brands in 2015. Now, Rippey heads franchising for another Driven-purchased brand, Take 5 Oil Change, and he’s enjoying the well-capitalized rollout of the franchise effort.

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Tired or Opportunistic, Big ‘Zees Sell Out

Tired or Opportunistic, Big ‘Zees Sell Out

It’s hard to find new ways to say just how hot the restaurant M&A market is.

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