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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Popcorn Theory Guides ‘Blind Side’ Protagonists

Popcorn Theory Guides ‘Blind Side’ Protagonists

I had a great time interviewing Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy last Tuesday at their home in Memphis, and also enjoyed staying in the new-ish Graceland Guest House where so many patrons were wearing fancy fringed cowboy shirts and glittery dresses that Elvis would have been proud.

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Financial Backers Said ‘Go for it’ to Flynn’s Buy

Financial Backers Said ‘Go for it’ to Flynn’s Buy

CEO Greg Flynn discusses why he purchased all 368 units from Arby’s largest franchisee, U.S. Beef, capturing a Franchise Times Dealmakers award to be covered in full in the April issue.

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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.
 
Beth EwenBeth Ewen is editor-in-chief 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 managing 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
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