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

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.

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Hot State or Not? United Van Lines Reports

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.

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

'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.

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Traffic Data Quantifies Popeyes' Explosive Chicken Sandwich

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.

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Italy Emerges as Ripe Market for Johnny Rockets

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.

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Everything but Marijuana at MJBizCon Show

Everything but Marijuana at MJBizCon Show

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

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IFA Has One Word for McD’s Joint Employer Ruling

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.”

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

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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After Tech Investments, Cowboy Chicken Targets Growth

After Tech Investments, Cowboy Chicken Targets Growth

It’s been a slow burn at Cowboy Chicken in the 17 years since Sean Kennedy took over the business, as the Carrollton, Texas-based brand has built its unit count back up and worked to grow awareness of a rotisserie chicken concept that had just one location in 2002.

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Safeguard Those Fingerprints Now That CCPA Looms

Safeguard Those Fingerprints Now That CCPA Looms

Franchises using biometrics—fingerprints, retinal scans and the like—for customer or employee ID should beware of the CCPA, according to Michael Cohen of Gray Plant Mooty. That’s the California Consumer Privacy Act that goes into effect January 1.

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One Cannabis to Go Public via Merger With Cannabis One

One Cannabis to Go Public via Merger With Cannabis One

One Cannabis, the parent of marijuana franchise Unity Rd, is going public via a “merger of equals” with Cannabis One Holdings Inc. (CBEI), a stock trading for 16 cents a share on the Canadian Securities Exchange. The two firms met under contentious circumstances.

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It’s Gift Card Season for Franchising

It’s Gift Card Season for Franchising

'Tis the season for selling gift cards. And it could be a real benefit for the slow early months of 2020.

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As Wages Rise, Operators Seek Efficiency Anywhere

As Wages Rise, Operators Seek Efficiency Anywhere

In 2020, 20 states will raise minimum wages. As they do, unemployment remains at historic lows and turnover at or near historic highs in the restaurant industry.

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New ‘Franchise Book of Mentors’ Benefits VetFran

New ‘Franchise Book of Mentors’ Benefits VetFran

When picking up a new subject of study or profession, a book chock-full of advice from mentors is something few people would turn down. Franchising is an intimidating venture for any franchisor, regardless of the brand, and asking for help can be difficult when you don’t know whom to turn to.

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Fourth, HotSchedules Merge With End-to-End Restaurant Platform in Mind

Fourth, HotSchedules Merge With End-to-End Restaurant Platform in Mind

Ask a restaurant general manager how the technology sea change is affecting them, and they’ll show you the incredible new tools at hand—as soon as they remember the password.

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Google’s Phone Automation Tool, CallJoy, Gets Smarter

Google’s Phone Automation Tool, CallJoy, Gets Smarter

Google's AI phone operator just got a little smarter.

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Another Broken Egg Gains Permanent Chief in Macaluso

Another Broken Egg Gains Permanent Chief in Macaluso

The first permanent chief executive since the founder left is on the job at Another Broken Egg Café, and new CEO and President Paul Macaluso is touting one key feature of the breakfast and brunch concept.

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Five Years for Card My Yard—But Don't Send Just a Card

Five Years for Card My Yard—But Don't Send Just a Card

Amy Arnold and Jessica Stanley met at Bible study in Austin, Texas, both with “little bitty kids, and we were trying not to join the 9 to 5 workforce,” says Arnold, co-founder of Card My Yard, which has just reached five years in business and topped 150 units in 32 states.

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11 Years After Crash-Era Founding, PMI Thrives

11 Years After Crash-Era Founding, PMI Thrives

Before he was president and CEO of Property Management Inc., Steve Hart lived in the niche of building high-end custom homes. Business was booming in the real estate and construction industry as realtors prospered. Then it all ended as the economy crashed in 2008. Luckily, Hart had a friend that wasn’t willing to let him throw in the towel.

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