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Navigating Family Dynamics Is Part of Massage Heights' Story

Navigating Family Dynamics Is Part of Massage Heights' Story

Speaking during a panel on balancing heritage and innovation at the IFA Convention in Las Vegas, Shane Evans, who launched Massage Heights with her husband, Wayne, and eventually brought in two brothers and her mom, said she was forced to reevaluate the structure in order to expand. Massage Heights also had to contend with some missteps in its early recruiting and franchise sales efforts.

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With Ambitions Galore, NextGen Finalists Pitch Concepts

With Ambitions Galore, NextGen Finalists Pitch Concepts

They came from countries including Kenya, Hungary, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and of course the United States to impress the NextGen competition judges and hopefully snag cash prizes and investors during the International Franchise Association’s annual convention Monday.

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Diversity Food Brands Trades Royalty for Development

Diversity Food Brands Trades Royalty for Development

Diversity Food Brands is a unique franchisor with a singular focus on non-traditional spaces. Also notable is its sliding-scale royalty designed to boost development.

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Another Acquisition Adds New Group to Authority Brands

Another Acquisition Adds New Group to Authority Brands

With its third buy since being acquired by Apax Partners in September 2018, Authority Brands will fold Clockwork, Inc. and its three home service providers into its Maryland-based company.

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Attorney Gives a Few Tips on Tip-Pooling

Attorney Gives a Few Tips on Tip-Pooling

As the tipping issue at restaurants rages on between front of the house employees and back, Joel O’Malley of Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis offers a quick refresher course on a complicated topic that’s been tripping up the likes of Starbucks, Outback Steakhouse and Pinstripes in Minnesota with lawsuits of late.

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Exits 'Bittersweet' for Auspex Capital Dealmakers

Exits 'Bittersweet' for Auspex Capital Dealmakers

We’re reporting many interesting stories this month about our Franchise Times Dealmakers winners, including Auspex Capital/RGT Management’s longtime relationship as investment banker and restaurant operator. Which do they like better, the ride up or the ride down?

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Huddle House Shaves Costs With Smaller Footprint

Huddle House Shaves Costs With Smaller Footprint

As part of a wider plan to refresh and expand Huddle House, the Atlanta-based diner announced a buffet of news that’s designed to elevate its presence across the country, and also to attract franchisees who will be interested in a smaller-format restaurant with an easier-to-swallow pricetag.

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Restaurant Comps Steady for First Time in Years

Restaurant Comps Steady for First Time in Years

The restaurant industry has been in a sorry state since traffic and same-store sales peaked in the first quarter of 2015. But January data from TDn2K shows two consecutive months of two percent or higher sales growth.

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New First Franchise Capital Program Supports Nonprofits

New First Franchise Capital Program Supports Nonprofits

With the introduction of its Pay It Forward Program, First Franchise Capital aims to increase its community support by giving back to the communities of its clients.

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With Fresh Strategy, Cousins Subs Returns to Chicago

With Fresh Strategy, Cousins Subs Returns to Chicago

Cousins Subs is heading back to Chicago in a renewed franchise push to bring the refreshed brand back to major metros at the Cousins' periphery.

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11 Capture Franchise Times Dealmakers Awards

11 Capture Franchise Times Dealmakers Awards

Franchise Times today announces winners of the 2019 Franchise Times Dealmakers awards, the seventh annual project recognizing the boldest players driving mergers and acquisitions in franchising.

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A Big New Number to Describe Joint Employer Pain

A Big New Number to Describe Joint Employer Pain

Everybody knows the National Labor Relations Board caused franchising’s biggest headache when it expanded the definition of who is a joint employer back in 2014. Now, new International Franchise Association research has put a number to the pain—$33.3 billion in lost economic output annually.

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With Third-party Drivers, Mountain Mike’s Changes Delivery Model

With Third-party Drivers, Mountain Mike’s Changes Delivery Model

Even though Mountain Mike’s 200-plus pizza restaurants each have their own delivery team, the Newport Beach-based brand is working with DoorDash, UberEats and Grubhub to reach customers it believes wouldn’t otherwise order its food.

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LGBT Chamber of Commerce and IFA Form Partnership

LGBT Chamber of Commerce and IFA Form Partnership

The franchise industry is known for its outreach to specific parts of the human herd, most notably with veterans and young entrepreneurs through the VetFran and NextGen in Franchising programs. LGBT folks like myself are cheering the latest International Franchise Association partnership with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. On a personal level, this is wonderful to see from the franchising industry’s association of record.

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Supply Chain, Frozen Ground Challenges for First Sonic in Alaska

Supply Chain, Frozen Ground Challenges for First Sonic in Alaska

Sonic has inked a new development deal in Alaska and it's balancing big opportunity with some major challenges.

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Franchise Sector Gains Jobs in January, ADP Report Says

Franchise Sector Gains Jobs in January, ADP Report Says

After job growth in franchising slowed overall last year, the sector started out strong in 2019, gaining 33,000 jobs in January according to the ADP National Franchise Report.

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‘Global Domination’ Still on the Menu at Smoke’s

‘Global Domination’ Still on the Menu at Smoke’s

There’s no forgetting a conversation with the CEO and founder of Smoke’s Poutinerie, the exceedingly colorful Ryan Smolkin. It’s been a few years since checking in with the Canadian-based poutine brand and my first mission was getting an update on the so-called global domination that’s been his stated mission since starting the company more than a decade ago.

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Papa John’s, Starboard ‘Focused’ as Circus Quiets

Papa John’s, Starboard ‘Focused’ as Circus Quiets

It’s been eight months since Papa John’s founder John Schnatter resigned from his position as chairman. And the company is ready to move forward.

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Slim Chickens Adapts to Expand Brand Overseas

Slim Chickens Adapts to Expand Brand Overseas

Slim Chickens’ second Kuwait restaurant recently opened in the Jazeera airport terminal and the brand is also in the midst of expanding in the United Kingdom through another international franchise agreement. It’s a lot of action for a brand that wasn’t actively looking to grow outside the United States and there’s been some useful learning along the way.

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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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