Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

March 2019

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Covers everything from good news to bad judgment
Hummus & Pita Co. Prime for Growth, Says Fransmart CEO

Hummus & Pita Co. Prime for Growth, Says Fransmart CEO

Dan Rowe, whose Fransmart franchise development company is helping fuel the expansion of brands such as The Halal Guys, Curry Up Now and Cauldron Ice Cream, shares why he thinks Hummus & Pita Co. could be the next big thing.

Comments

CircusTrix Founder Flips for New Franchise Called Defy

CircusTrix Founder Flips for New Franchise Called Defy

Defy parks will include ninja warrior courses, flying trapezes, G-tramping and more, under the CircusTrix umbrella.

Comments

Saints' Brees, Walk-On's Founder Back Smalls Sliders

Saints' Brees, Walk-On's Founder Back Smalls Sliders

Smalls Sliders is the newest concept backed by New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, also an equity partner in Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar, and Walk-On’s co-founder Brandon Landry. Jacob Dugas, Landry’s nephew who owned a catering business, is also getting in on the game.

Comments

‘No One in Franchising Retires,’ Says IFA’s Retiring Scott Lehr

‘No One in Franchising Retires,’ Says IFA’s Retiring Scott Lehr

“I’ve pretty much have done everything at IFA except being a lobbyist,” says Scott Lehr as he reflects on his nearly three decades with the International Franchise Association. Hired in 1990 as the director of advertising, Lehr had five more titles during the ensuing 29 years before retiring after the IFA’s annual convention in February as executive vice president of development, marketing and conferences.

Comments

HomeVestors Hits 1K in Still-Strong Housing Market

HomeVestors Hits 1K in Still-Strong Housing Market

HomeVestors, the largest home-buying franchise is celebrating a notable milestone, signing its 1,000 franchise as the U.S. real estate market appears to be cooling from the absurd heights seen in recent years as inventory remains tight in key cities.

Comments

Relationships Key in Checkers Delivery Blitz

Relationships Key in Checkers Delivery Blitz

Checkers and Rally’s making a major delivery push that will bring all five of largest third-party delivery firms into its operations.

Comments

Same-Store Sales Chilled by February Weather

Same-Store Sales Chilled by February Weather

February weather was awful, and the brutal month had some big impacts on restaurant industry sales.

Comments

Kiosk Operations an Agile Option for the Right Concepts

Kiosk Operations an Agile Option for the Right Concepts

A small footprint can be a big win for the right concepts. As rents continue to rise and traffic patterns continue to shift, a small-format mobile retail outlet can slash overhead and keep operations efficient.

Comments

Gigi’s Founder Tries Again With Kitchen Products Rollout

Gigi’s Founder Tries Again With Kitchen Products Rollout

Gigi Butler is aiming to bounce back from trouble at her eponymous franchise, Gigi’s Cupcakes, now rolling out a new kitchen textile line.

Comments

All Eyes on New York's Hudson Yards

All Eyes on New York's Hudson Yards

As New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards opens to the public, many in the retail and restaurant worlds will be watching to see if this largest private development in U.S. history can succeed with a mega-scale formula representing the biggest bet ever placed on in-person shopping, people watching and dining.

Comments

Sister to HouseMaster, PatchMaster Sets Fast Clip to 50 Units

Sister to HouseMaster, PatchMaster Sets Fast Clip to 50 Units

Just last September Kathleen Kuhn launched a new brand—PatchMaster, a drywall repair service. Six months later, the sister company to HouseMaster has signed its 50th location, reaching the milestone much faster than most.

Comments

Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Talks Leadership and Owning Failure

Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Talks Leadership and Owning Failure

“The men in my household had so much conviction that women were equal to men,” said Indra Nooyi, who went on to become PepsiCo’s first female CEO and spoke about her career today during the Women’s Foodservice Forum’s annual conference in Dallas.

Comments

The Cautious Startup of Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fire Pizza

The Cautious Startup of Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fire Pizza

Before launching Smokin' Oak as a franchise, its leadership spent more than a year learning to create a high-quality franchise system.

Comments

Golden Corral Finding Gold in California

Golden Corral Finding Gold in California

North Carolina-based Golden Corral is finding riches along the West Coast, as the southern-themed grill-buffet chain begins to tap the massive California market after first opening in the City of Industry back in 2012.

Comments

After Brand Overhaul, Huckleberry’s Ready to Grow

After Brand Overhaul, Huckleberry’s Ready to Grow

Greg Graber has big plans for Huckleberry’s, the breakfast and lunch concept he took over in 2016 and has spent the past two years readying for growth. Graber will share Huckleberry’s story and investment opportunity during the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference.

Comments

Planet Fitness to Take Excess Kohl’s Space in Test

Planet Fitness to Take Excess Kohl’s Space in Test

Planet Fitness, the big-box gym with low-cost memberships, will partner with Kohl’s in 10 test stores to sop up 20,000 square feet of the clothing retailer’s excess space, allowing Kohl’s to “right-size”to 50,000 square feet and Planet Fitness to gain prime locations in large shopping centers.

Comments

Changing o' the Guard Ushers in New Editor at FT

Changing o' the Guard Ushers in New Editor at FT

Laura Michaels is the new editor of Franchise Times effective April 1, replacing Beth Ewen who will take a new role as senior editor.

Comments

Agreement Could Finally End Papa John’s Saga

Agreement Could Finally End Papa John’s Saga

It seems the dramatic legal battle within the Papa John’s board may finally end.

Comments

Franchise Index Ends Tough Year Down 9.5 Percent

Franchise Index Ends Tough Year Down 9.5 Percent

Last year was more than a little volatile for public franchisors. According to the Rosenberg International Franchise Center, the 50 public franchise companies ended the year down 9.5 percent. That’s behind the general market, as measured by the S&P 500, which was down 6.2 percent in the last 12 months.

Comments

MTY’s Offer for Gigi’s Cuts Value to $2M

MTY’s Offer for Gigi’s Cuts Value to $2M

The last time Gigi’s Cupcakes changed hands, in 2016, the franchise founded by Gina Butler sold for $6 million to Key Corp. and its affiliate Fund Corp. Now MTY Franchising USA is offering $2 million cash, and Gigi’s is seeking additional qualified bidders before a planned March 25 auction date.

Comments

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Covers everything from good news to bad judgment

About This Blog

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.
 
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.
 
Laura MichaelsLaura Michaels is editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3210, or send story ideas to lmichaels@franchisetimes.com.
 
Mary Jo LarsonMary Jo Larson is the publisher of Franchise Times Magazine and the Restaurant Finance Monitor.  You can find her on Twitter at
 twitter.com/mlarson1011.
 

Archives

Categories

Feed

Atom Feed Subscribe to the Franchise Times News Feed »

Recent Posts