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Open/Close: Broken Yolk ‘Zees Cope With Pandemic Pressures

Open/Close: Broken Yolk ‘Zees Cope With Pandemic Pressures

“There was a time when we were calling the health department every week,” recalls Jim Bailey, a Broken Yolk Café franchisee with two restaurants in Bakersfield, California. Bailey and Jay Marble, who operates a restaurant in Arizona, share their experiences as part of our Open/Close series.

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Dunkin’s 800 Closures Not as Bad as They Sound

Dunkin’s 800 Closures Not as Bad as They Sound

Along with second quarter earnings, Dunkin’ Brands announced the likely closure of 800 locations in 2020. It’s a shocking number, but not as bad as it sounds.

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Open/Close: Salon Suite Franchisees Forge Ahead

Open/Close: Salon Suite Franchisees Forge Ahead

Sola Salon Studio franchisees, along with operators of other salon suite concepts, are lobbying officials in California as they face another round of COVID-19-related closures.

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Fastsigns ‘Zee Designed & Donated Gown Patterns to Hospital

Fastsigns ‘Zee Designed & Donated Gown Patterns to Hospital

Melanie Hossler, a Fastsigns franchisee in Augusta, Georgia, noticed a shortage of disposable gowns at her local hospital, so she designed a pattern and got to work.

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Open/Close: 2 Days Open After 4 Months Shut, Then Locked Again

Open/Close: 2 Days Open After 4 Months Shut, Then Locked Again

The co-owners of a Pigtails & Crewcuts in Los Altos, California, were excited to reopen their kids' haircut salon in July after a four-month lockdown. But the restart was short-lived. Fourth in a series called Open/Close.

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Green Home Solutions Touts Ability to ‘Reset Indoor Air Quality’

Green Home Solutions Touts Ability to ‘Reset Indoor Air Quality’

"PPE, proper protocols, dwell times, spray techniques—these are all things we’re experts at. To leave this in the hands of an employee could leave a business at risk," said Jeff Panella, president of Green Home Solutions.

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Fastsigns CEO Fortifies Franchise Leaders in Tough Times

Fastsigns CEO Fortifies Franchise Leaders in Tough Times

"My thought process is, leaders lead," declared Catherine Monson, CEO of Fastsigns and chair of the International Franchise Association, in a bracing interview with Franchise Times this week about leadership, fear and the courage to rise above it.

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Open/Close: Pandemic Raging, BrightStar Owner Buys Anyway

Open/Close: Pandemic Raging, BrightStar Owner Buys Anyway

Ari Tiktin, a New Jersey man with a media background, closed his purchase of a BrightStar Care agency on March 30, two weeks after a statewide stay-at-home order was issued. "If it's not difficult, I'm not interested," he joked about the timing. Third in a series called Open/Close.

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Despite the Pandemic, Large QSR Operators Still Optimistic

Despite the Pandemic, Large QSR Operators Still Optimistic

With portfolios primarily made up of quick-serve restaurant brands, three of the largest franchisees in the U.S. are bullish in their outlooks as they and their stores continue to climb out of the hole created by COVID-19 shutdowns.

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COVID Spurs Drive-Thru Shift at Cousins

COVID Spurs Drive-Thru Shift at Cousins

Cousins Subs had been working toward more drive-thru operations for years as the nearly 50-year-old brand remodeled locations, but the COVID-19 pandemic has been another reason to push in that direction.

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Plotting Growth, Greek From Greece Makes NBA Star Connection

Plotting Growth, Greek From Greece Makes NBA Star Connection

NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo is partnering with Greek From Greece Café Cuisine in a brand ambassador role. GFG is also targeting franchise expansion, said CEO Georgios Drosos.

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Domino’s Shows Again: ‘You Want to be in Delivery’

Domino’s Shows Again: ‘You Want to be in Delivery’

Domino’s just released its second-quarter results, and shows yet again that delivery and digital is the place to be during the shaky COVID-19 recovery process.

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Open/Close: Title Boxing Owners Grapple With Second Shutdown

Open/Close: Title Boxing Owners Grapple With Second Shutdown

Reggie Orchid, co-owner of two Title Boxing clubs in the Houston area, managed to break even after gyms were allowed to reopen in Texas in May. Then came a spike in COVID cases and another round of shutdowns. Second in a series called Open/Close.

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Sola Forms New Holding Company, Acquires Woodhouse Spa Franchise

Sola Forms New Holding Company, Acquires Woodhouse Spa Franchise

“There was no intention to pull off the gas pedal and not get the deal done,” said Christina Russell, the CEO of Sola Salon Studios who's now leading Radiance Holdings, which acquired the Texas-based Woodhouse Day Spa franchise.

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COVID-Era Opening a Blockbuster No. 100 for Clean Juice

COVID-Era Opening a Blockbuster No. 100 for Clean Juice

Clean Juice blew the doors off its 100th location, with a little celebrity help.

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Buzz Brands Prove Attractive for PE Firm FranBridge

Buzz Brands Prove Attractive for PE Firm FranBridge

FranBridge Capital, the Atlanta-based private equity firm that signed a 10-unit deal with Buzz Franchise Brands to open four Pool Scouts and six Home Clean Heroes locations in the area, plans to add more home services concepts.

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Berlin's RSG Group Bids $100M for Gold's Gym

Berlin's RSG Group Bids $100M for Gold's Gym

With the slogan “Die Fitnesshalle fur Alle” and a banana for a mascot, Rainer Schaller opened his first McFit gym in 1997 in Wurzburg, Germany. Now his company, Berlin-based RSG Group, has placed the winning bid for Gold’s Gym.

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iFly Indoor Skydiving Is a Fun Flight Alternative During a Pandemic

iFly Indoor Skydiving Is a Fun Flight Alternative During a Pandemic

Franchise Times tried out iFly Minneapolis, Minnesota’s first indoor skydiving facility, after the chain's post-pandemic shutdown reopening.

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Open/Close: Prose Nails Owner Tells How to Navigate Restart

Open/Close: Prose Nails Owner Tells How to Navigate Restart

Reopening is a challenge for every franchise, none more so than salons where patrons and staffers get up close and personal. At a Prose nail boutique in Orlando, owner Elsy Romero broke down her steps and missteps when business is starting and stopping due to spiking COVID-19 cases. First in a series called Open/Close.

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Smoothie Chain Pure Green Raises $1M Through Crowdfunding

Smoothie Chain Pure Green Raises $1M Through Crowdfunding

Pure Green, a New York City-based juice and smoothie chain, launched a crowdfunding campaign through Republic.co and raised $1.07 million from 5,104 micro-investors.

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

Laura MichaelsLaura Michaels is editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3210, or send story ideas to lmichaels@franchisetimes.com.
 
Beth EwenBeth Ewen is senior editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3212, or send story ideas to bewen@franchisetimes.com.
 
Nicholas UptonNicholas Upton is restaurants editor at Franchise Times. He can be reached at 612.767.3226, or send story ideas to nupton@franchisetimes.com.
 
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