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10 Win Prestigious FT Dealmakers Awards


Last year's April cover story in Franchise Times featured Del Taco as Deal of the Year.

Franchise Times today announces winners of the 2017 Franchise Times Dealmakers awards, the fifth annual project recognizing the boldest players driving mergers and acquisitions in franchising.

The 2017 Franchise Times Dealmakers will accept awards and tell how they landed their deals at a gala awards luncheon Tuesday, March 14, 2017, when the 2017 Deal of the Year will also be revealed. The luncheon is a highlight of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference, March 13-15, at the Encore hotel in Las Vegas.

DEALMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2017 (in alphabetical order):

Auspex Capital obtains $263 million in funding for Border Foods’ expansion.

GPS Hospitality buys 194 Burger Kings, commits to remodels and development.

Jimmy John’s sells to Roark Capital from Weston Presidio in $2B+ deal.

K9 Resorts’ founders attract minority investment from Navigator Partners.

KBP Foods acquires 91 KFC and Taco Bell units from Star Enterprises.

KFK Group buys corporate-owned Taco Bells in a “new-entry” transaction.

M.H. Enterprises buys Teriyaki Madness, sells Maui Wowi in 1031 asset exchange.

Nurse Next Door attracts St. Joseph Health as franchisee in Southern California.

Pieology attracts Panda Restaurant Group as investor; buys Project Pie.

United PF becomes largest Planet Fitness operator, backed by Eagle Merchant and JLM.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges, all experts in franchise M&A, from finalist nominations solicited by Franchise Times in the fourth quarter.

Nominations for next year’s project open October 1, at www.franchisetimes.com, for deals completed between July 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2017. Contact Editor-in-Chief Beth Ewen, bewen@franchisetimes.com, with questions.

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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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