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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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Hotel Boom Times Slowing Down

Hotel Boom Times Slowing Down

It’s not lights out, but the U.S. hotel market is slowing down after a multi-year growth streak across all categories. According to STR Global, the U.S. hotel industry reported negative year-over-year results in three key performance metrics during the tail end of April.

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Market Immersion Key After Panera Acquisition

Market Immersion Key After Panera Acquisition

When Hamra Enterprises acquired a handful of Panera Bread cafes, the most important part was building trust with the new employees, says Hamra's CEO.

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‘Tis the Season for Registration Rovers in the Office

‘Tis the Season for Registration Rovers in the Office

Lane Fisher is no dog whisperer. In fact, he was pretty vocal—talking at a rabid clip, hands waving—when the young lawyers in his office started showing up at work with their dogs to help get them through franchise registration season, an intense period that lasts from January through the end of April.

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Del Taco Goes ‘Beyond Meat’ for Alternative Protein

Del Taco Goes ‘Beyond Meat’ for Alternative Protein

Beyond Meat blew up in its first day as a public company, and at the same time, Del Taco is rolling out the product in a big way.

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From KFC, a Better (But Not Classier) Way to Greet Mom

From KFC, a Better (But Not Classier) Way to Greet Mom

What says Happy Mother’s Day better than the Chickendales, KFC’s Colonel Sanders-themed takeoff on the scantily clad all-male Chippendales dancers? Well, nothing.

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ConnectOne Bancorp to Acquire BoeFly

ConnectOne Bancorp to Acquire BoeFly

“We were looking for an entrepreneurial bank,” said Mike Rozman, CEO and co-founder of online lending platform, BoeFly.

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‘Extreme Frustration’ at Jack in the Box as Sale Drags On

‘Extreme Frustration’ at Jack in the Box as Sale Drags On

Jack in the Box’s road to a possible sale, now in its sixth month, is “painful” to members of the national franchisee association who say they object to cuts in general & administrative expenses to make the brand attractive to potential buyers but harm the operators, according to Michael Norwich, chairman of the association’s board.

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Dog Haus Set for Kitchen United’s Chicago Debut

Dog Haus Set for Kitchen United’s Chicago Debut

When Kitchen United’s first virtual kitchen opens in the River North neighborhood in Chicago, scheduled for early this month, Dog Haus will be one of a dozen brands testing the viability of a mobile-ordering and delivery-only restaurant.

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‘Raving Fans’ Help Build Burn Boot Camp to 200 Units

‘Raving Fans’ Help Build Burn Boot Camp to 200 Units

“If people are looking at multiple fitness brands, trying to decide which one to go with, that’s a big red flag,” says co-founder Devan Kline, who wants franchisees who only have eyes for Huntersville, North Carolina-based Burn Boot Camp.

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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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