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Frenchies Nail Salon Joins Century Club

Frenchies Nail Salon Joins Century Club

While casting a skeptical eye on big franchise growth projections, it’s very cool to see a brand actually hit the milestones it has promised. The latest to pass a major checkpoint is Colorado-based Frenchies Modern Nail Care, which just hit 100 units.

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Data Dive Shows What LTOs Actually Drive Metrics

Data Dive Shows What LTOs Actually Drive Metrics

What LTOs actually drive traffic is a big question in QSR, and some new data offers a glimpse at what makes a successful limited-time offer.

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In Delivery Watch, Here Comes Amazon

In Delivery Watch, Here Comes Amazon

It’s been clear that Amazon has its eyes on the meal delivery space, but it’s now making its big move with word that Seattle’s deliver-everything giant led a $575 million financing round in Deliveroo, one of Europe’s largest third-party delivery platforms that’s based in London.

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Long-time Operators Try Hand at Factory Donuts Launch

Long-time Operators Try Hand at Factory Donuts Launch

David and Heather Restituto spent a long time in the Grease Monkey, Meineke and Rita’s Italian Ice brands as franchisees, becoming the largest Rita’s franchisee in the system, and they’re now pivoting to launch Factory Donuts as a franchisor.

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One-Liners Mark Pizza Schmizza’s Pitch to Operators

One-Liners Mark Pizza Schmizza’s Pitch to Operators

A garlic-infused pizza called “No Kiss Tonight” is just one of many clever names at Pizza Schmizza, the 23-unit brand founded in Portland, Oregon, that now has three separate concepts as described by Ron Berger, CEO, at the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas last week.

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With 100 Years Behind It, A&W Reshapes for the Future

With 100 Years Behind It, A&W Reshapes for the Future

A&W has no intentions of competing in the QSR discounting arena. “We’re not going to play there,” said CEO Kevin Bazner as he stressed the brand, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is keeping its focus on quality food.

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Structural Elements Has Perfect Pairing with Fitness Franchises

Structural Elements Has Perfect Pairing with Fitness Franchises

Structural Elements Founder Doug Bertram waited until he made a few salient points about his franchised orthopedic wellness clinic before introducing himself to the audience at the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference May 6-8 in Las Vegas.

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Melt Shop’s Guilty Pleasure Food Sparks Joy in Consumers

Melt Shop’s Guilty Pleasure Food Sparks Joy in Consumers

Josh Morgan, COO, described his concept, the Melt Shop, as a fast-casual restaurant granting diners permission to enjoy the food. “We invented the melted sandwich concept while playing with our friends,” he told the audience on day two of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas. “We started with grilled cheese and evolved.”

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Conserva Irrigation Sees Potential in Leaky Pipes

Conserva Irrigation Sees Potential in Leaky Pipes

Making the pitch that growing Conserva Irrigation is job one after divesting Mosquito Squad, Outdoor Living Brands CEO Chris Grandpre said he sees massive potential in servicing irrigation systems in a world of growing water restrictions and costs.

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Mountain Mike's ‘Agents’ Bring Localized Accountability

Mountain Mike's ‘Agents’ Bring Localized Accountability

At Mountain Mike's Pizza, six development agents help "steward" franchisees through all of franchise life's trials and tribulations.

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Sub Zero Pivots to Dietary Restrictions

Sub Zero Pivots to Dietary Restrictions

Sub Zero showed a revised strategy based on the brand’s reaction to the tsunami of dietary restrictions, both real and self imposed. With a mix of shock value from a blast from the nitrogen tank and great on-stage banter, Sub Zero presented a truly fresh take on its growing ice cream business.

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Pincho Builds Brand With Love From Millennials

Pincho Builds Brand With Love From Millennials

Calling it a millennial-oriented brand that uses viral marketing videos and Instagram to help cultivate a “cult-like following” around its offering of meat skewers, wraps, rice bowls and burgers, Pincho isn’t only a restaurant brand but also a digital brand, notes CEO Jayson Tipp.

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‘Art of the Deal’ as Told by FT Dealmakers Winners

‘Art of the Deal’ as Told by FT Dealmakers Winners

Flynn Restaurant Group passed the $2 billion sales mark with its acquisition last year of U.S. Beef's 368 Arby’s stores, the Franchise Times 2019 Deal of the Year honored today at a gala luncheon at the Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas.

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A Merger and New Music for Calzone Brand D.P. Dough

A Merger and New Music for Calzone Brand D.P. Dough

D.P. Dough CEO Matt Crumpton helped start the 2019 Finance & Growth Conference off in a big way, announcing Monday the Columbus, Ohio-based calzone brand that calls itself “the pizza alternative” is merging with competitor Calios, a 13-unit chain out of New York.

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Data in Hand, Homewatch Caregivers Tees Up a Rebrand

Data in Hand, Homewatch Caregivers Tees Up a Rebrand

Coaching franchisees at Homewatch Caregivers used to be “more random, back in the day, and now it’s more diagnostic and gets into the why,” said Jennifer Tucker, COO, at the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas Monday.

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Broken Yolk’s Trick to Open With 500-plus Fans

Broken Yolk’s Trick to Open With 500-plus Fans

The marketing efforts at Broken Yolk bring in hundreds of people on day one by getting active on social media long before a location actually opens.

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Naf Naf Grill Ready to Fan Flames of Franchising

Naf Naf Grill Ready to Fan Flames of Franchising

Speaking today at the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, CEO Paul Damico touted Naf Naf’s chicken shawarma, made in-house at each restaurant, along with each location’s full bakery dedicated to making “best in the industry” pita bread, as reasons why the brand stands out in an increasingly competitive Mediterranean-focused segment.

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Landing Private Equity Still a Goal at Pearle Vision

Landing Private Equity Still a Goal at Pearle Vision

“We’ve been trying to land this plane for over a year now,” says Alex Wilkes, SVP, about his efforts to attract private equity firms to buy independent eye care brands and roll them up under the Pearle Vision platform.

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Phenix Touts New Tech Tool at FT Finance Event

Phenix Touts New Tech Tool at FT Finance Event

Phenix Salon Suites plans to roll out its new technology application called Gina’s Platform within the next month, CEO Jason Rivera announced at the opening day of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas today.

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Buzz Brings 'Analytical Rigor' to British Swim School Buy

Buzz Brings 'Analytical Rigor' to British Swim School Buy

Adding to its portfolio of home service concepts, Buzz Franchise Brands acquires British Swim School as founder Rita Goldberg exits and brings in new CEO Greg Longe.

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