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McDonald’s Sees Strong Results Amid Market Share ‘Street Fight’

McDonald’s Sees Strong Results Amid Market Share ‘Street Fight’

McDonald's saw some impressive growth in the second quarter, but continues to be challenged by the market share "street fight."

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Arby’s Beams Up Secret Menu for Area 51 “Raid”

Arby’s Beams Up Secret Menu for Area 51 “Raid”

Nope, I’m not having a stroke or dreaming, Arby’s is really launching a top-secret menu to the hilarious sounding “raid” on the U.S. government’s Area 51 that will include one of the PR savvy brand’s food trucks to dive conspiracy-first into the fun.

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Motorcross ‘Superwoman’ Backed by Dad’s Fibrenew Franchise

Motorcross ‘Superwoman’ Backed by Dad’s Fibrenew Franchise

When Kassie Boone heads to Sturgess, South Dakota, in early August to perform at the iconic annual motorcycle rally, she’s likely to roll out her latest favorite trick. “Call it a one-handed Superman,” she says, describing the hair-raising trick shown in the photo nearby before correcting herself. “Or call it the Superwoman.”

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Buyers of 13 Mr. Gatti’s Stores Claim They Were Misled

Buyers of 13 Mr. Gatti’s Stores Claim They Were Misled

Two men who bought 13 corporate stores from Mr. Gatti’s Pizza last September for $4 million have filed a complaint against the franchisor, claiming executives did not disclose financial problems at the firm that led to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in January.

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With Fresh Capital, Slim Chickens ‘Ready to Take Over the World’

With Fresh Capital, Slim Chickens ‘Ready to Take Over the World’

From an inauspicious beginning to a fresh capital infusion, Slim Chickens' founder says they're ready for a big push to the next level.

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Legal Eagle Talks Disputes, ‘Demise’ of Mom-and-Pop Operator

Legal Eagle Talks Disputes, ‘Demise’ of Mom-and-Pop Operator

Quentin Wittrock has seen plenty of evolution in the franchise industry during his 32 years as an attorney with Minneapolis firm Gray Plant Mooty, perhaps the most impactful and far-reaching being the rise of the large multi-unit operator.

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Kahala Helps Guide System With National Delivery Deal

Kahala Helps Guide System With National Delivery Deal

The jump into delivery for Kahala Brands started organically, but now it's being standardized with the first of many national contracts.

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Restaurant Association Takes Job Training to Prison Inmates

Restaurant Association Takes Job Training to Prison Inmates

The restaurant industry is uniquely suited to provide jobs for people transitioning out of the prison system, says Rob Gifford, and with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is launching a new program aimed at doing just that.

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Cookie or Talk Trigger? Carstar Speaker Explains

Cookie or Talk Trigger? Carstar Speaker Explains

“Nobody here has ever said, Hey, let me tell you about this perfectly adequate experience I just had,” said Jay Baer, a speaker at the Carstar annual convention in Chicago last week. Rather, owners should try to generate a “talk trigger.”

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Hot Cheetos vs S’Mores at Wetzel's Twisted Kitchen

Hot Cheetos vs S’Mores at Wetzel's Twisted Kitchen

Decisions, decisions. That’s the conundrum when visiting Wetzel's Pretzels Twisted Kitchen at its headquarters in Pasadena, California, and choosing among the concoctions the food stylist and marketing team are whipping up on a visit this week.

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Holly, the Drive-Thru AI, at Work in Good Times

Holly, the Drive-Thru AI, at Work in Good Times

Behind the sliding glass window of a typical fast-food drive-thru is a chaotic place. Employees sitting there have to process orders, hand off food and listen to all manner of customers through background noise, music and passing traffic. Valyant AI says it has largely solved the order-taking task with a new digital employee named Holly.

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Did Dan Rowe Find the ‘Next Big Thing’ at Ike’s?

Did Dan Rowe Find the ‘Next Big Thing’ at Ike’s?

Fransmart founder and CEO Dan Rowe chases big dreams further than most in the restaurant industry, and he's loving Ike's Love and Sandwiches.

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Calculating Delivery's Impact on Restaurant Margins

Calculating Delivery's Impact on Restaurant Margins

There’s a running conversation about delivery’s impact on restaurant margins, and now investment advisor Hedgeye Risk Management has crunched the numbers in a range of scenarios, including how much delivery impacts the total volume, as well as incrementality and various commission rates.

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Home Franchise Concepts Changes Hands, Joins JM Family

Home Franchise Concepts Changes Hands, Joins JM Family

Trilantic North America announced this week the sale of its majority stake in Home Franchise Concepts to JM Family Enterprises, a $16 billion Florida-based automotive company that’s one of the largest independent distributors of Toyota vehicles.

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New Parent, First Acquisition for Deka Lash Founders

New Parent, First Acquisition for Deka Lash Founders

The founders of Deka Lash are doubling down in the franchise business, creating a new parent company—Look Good Brands—and making their first acquisition, adding the five-unit Legends Boxing.

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Accessible Websites: Compliance and a Big Opportunity too

Accessible Websites: Compliance and a Big Opportunity too

Americans with Disabilities Act web guidelines aren't just a matter of compliance. Keeping websites usable by everyone is just smart business.

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After Fire, Mountain Mike’s Operator Vowed to Rebuild

After Fire, Mountain Mike’s Operator Vowed to Rebuild

Last Friday Sonu Chandi, president of Chandi Hospitality, and his brother opened their 4,500-square-foot Mountain Mike’s Pizza restaurant on Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa, California. In October 2017, their store was one of 55 businesses destroyed in the Tubbs Fire.

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Multi-unit Signings for Blaze Pizza, Nekter in Deal Tracker

Multi-unit Signings for Blaze Pizza, Nekter in Deal Tracker

Twice a month I’m plucking the key details from dozens of multi-unit franchise development agreements to give you everything you need to know to stay informed and, of course, keep an eye on what the competition is doing. That's the Franchise Times Deal Tracker.

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Bryant Builds Real Estate Business Helping Franchisees

Bryant Builds Real Estate Business Helping Franchisees

Adrienne Bryant's firm has a focus on franchising. She found she liked the franchise model: that franchisors give the franchisee a process to follow.

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Rising Food Costs Set to Buffet Restaurants

Rising Food Costs Set to Buffet Restaurants

Food costs are a big deal in the restaurant world, and a new report from Wells Fargo analyst Jon Tower shows that many of the key restaurant inputs are getting more expensive in recent months, with trends suggesting that commodity prices are set to be a major factor in the coming year.

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The latest news, opinions and commentary on what's happening in the franchise arena that could affect your business.

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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