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Xponential Expands Fitness Portfolio With Stride Concept

Xponential Expands Fitness Portfolio With Stride Concept

The former owner of LA Boxing who took grew the brand to 200 locations before selling it to UFC Gyms continues to amass boutique concepts as Xponential Fitness makes its first acquisition of 2019.

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Six Metrics to Measure Gen Z Brand Affinity

Six Metrics to Measure Gen Z Brand Affinity

During the annual ICR Conference in Orlando, keynoter Jeff Fromm had a lot of marketing advice for brands looking to resonate with the younger generations, especially Gen Z.

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New Massage Envy Campaign Touts Benefits of Wellness Regimen

New Massage Envy Campaign Touts Benefits of Wellness Regimen

Like others in the health and wellness industry, Massage Envy is emphasizing self-care and aiming to normalize behavior previously deemed indulgent as it seeks to make a personal connection with consumers through its new ad campaign, “Keep Your Body Working.”

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From $198K to $1M in Sales for Fitness Together Operator

From $198K to $1M in Sales for Fitness Together Operator

Ten years ago, Stacy Adams sat with Fitness Together CEO Jeff Jervik and said, “I’ve done the math, and there’s no reason your studios can’t be doing $1 million, if not $2-" in annual sales. He just laughed, she said, and replied with something like, “You go, Stacy.”

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Round One to Happy Tax in Suit Against H&R Block

Round One to Happy Tax in Suit Against H&R Block

Happy Tax, the upstart tax preparation franchise, filed a false advertising lawsuit against H&R Block on Monday, claiming the tax prep giant makes false and misleading representations in its advertisements.

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Investor Exit Triggered Mosquito Squad Sale

Investor Exit Triggered Mosquito Squad Sale

After selling Mosquito Squad to Authority Brands, the backyard bug control franchise’s former parent Outdoor Living Brands is now a management-owned enterprise and is refocusing its attention on growing its four remaining backyard-focused brands.

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On-site Cooking in Electric Vehicles at Wayback Burgers

On-site Cooking in Electric Vehicles at Wayback Burgers

Viddl-It, Wayback Burgers' new electric vehicle initiative, combines the on-site cooking of food trucks with on-demand delivery technology to, the company says, ultimately bring consumers a better product.

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Duck Donuts Enters Chilean Market With Opening in Santiago

Duck Donuts Enters Chilean Market With Opening in Santiago

With its made-to-order donuts and array of toppings, franchisee Marcial Dieguez-Acuna says the “superior donut” offering of Duck Donuts will stand out to Chilean consumers and the experience of watching each donut get dipped and topped is unique to the market.

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Tech, Labor, Tariffs and More on IFA Board's Minds

Tech, Labor, Tariffs and More on IFA Board's Minds

The “robust” job market will be a challenge in 2019 for people charged with selling franchises, says Jania Bailey, CEO of FranNet, in a new survey of International Franchise Association board members sharing their outlooks for 2019.

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‘What Happened to Cash’ Is Question From Gigi’s ‘Zees Attorney

‘What Happened to Cash’ Is Question From Gigi’s ‘Zees Attorney

Two items are noteworthy in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last week by Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, Sovrano and Gigi’s Cupcakes: a $20.2 million term loan from Equity Bank to Mr. Gatti’s and Sovrano, its parent company, and a $9.2-million term loan from Equity Bank to Gigi’s Cupcakes, both made last June. Jeffrey Cohen of Cohen Law, the attorney representing 18 Gigi’s Cupcakes franchisees in ongoing litigation, wants to know, "What happened to the cash?"

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Shutdown Likely Benign for Economy, Brutal for Operators

Shutdown Likely Benign for Economy, Brutal for Operators

Historically, shutdowns don’t affect the economy drastically. But there are plenty of headaches for business owners.

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The Lost Cajun Celebrates Big Growth

The Lost Cajun Celebrates Big Growth

A year and a half after hanging with Raymond Griffin, founder of The Lost Cajun, the Cajun restaurant brand is celebrating the fruits of an impressive growth streak during the past 12 months. The brand opened 13 new restaurants during 2018.

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FT Dealmakers Entries Paint Intriguing M&A Picture

FT Dealmakers Entries Paint Intriguing M&A Picture

Nominations closed this week for the annual Franchise Times Dealmakers project, so we’re knee-deep poring through the deals to select finalists to present to our judges in January. As usual, we’ve got a complex, ambitious and fascinating group of deals.

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United PF First to Cross 100-Club Line for Planet Fitness

United PF First to Cross 100-Club Line for Planet Fitness

“Somebody was going to get there, and it was a real privilege to be the first one to hit that milestone,” says Trey Owen, speaking about United PF Partners surpassing the 100-club mark this past fall and becoming the first Planet Fitness franchisee to break that barrier.

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Ron Shaich’s Franchising Ideals

Ron Shaich’s Franchising Ideals

The franchising model can take many forms, but the leader behind Panera says there are some key factors that enabled the brand’s incredible franchise growth over the last 26 years.

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CoreLife, Tim Tebow Push ‘Pure’ New Year’s Challenge

CoreLife, Tim Tebow Push ‘Pure’ New Year’s Challenge

Consumers have been trained to be wary of health challenges, as there always seems to be some fine print or a big price tag. But CoreLife Eatery is doing everything it can to keep the brand’s healthy lifestyle challenge “pure.”

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Hilton All Suites Hits 1,000 Properties

Hilton All Suites Hits 1,000 Properties

With the U.S. stock market tumbling, along with softening auto sales, home building and consumer confidence, you’d be forgiven for assuming times are tightening in the hospitality market, but so far that isn’t the case. As the hotel industry continues an unprecedented growth streak, Hilton’s All Suites brands—Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites—hit the milestone of 1,000 open properties.

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Fast & Serious Newcomer Workout Anytime Shares Growth Tactics

Fast & Serious Newcomer Workout Anytime Shares Growth Tactics

Workout Anytime hit $53 million in sales in 2017, and its expansion to 143 locations to finish the year came thanks largely to positive franchisee validation, notes CEO Steve Strickland.

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