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Vote for Your Favorite Franchises in 3rd Annual Franchise Times Zor Awards

Vote for Your Favorite Franchises in 3rd Annual Franchise Times Zor Awards

Show your enthusiasm for the best franchises in the industry with the Franchise Times Zor Awards, recognizing the best companies in 10 hot industry segments.

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Five Key Reasons Flynn Restaurant Group Jumped into Arby’s

Five Key Reasons Flynn Restaurant Group Jumped into Arby’s

Greg Flynn told Franchise Times there were many things that made his Arby's acquisition a good deal, but five key things made the large, complex deal worth taking on.

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FAT Brands to Acquire, Franchise Yalla Mediterranean

FAT Brands to Acquire, Franchise Yalla Mediterranean

FAT Brands announced that it would acquire the seven-unit California-based brand Yalla Mediterranean.

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Need To Hire Teens? Create a Real Community

Need To Hire Teens? Create a Real Community

This might just be the worst period for anyone hiring hourly workers in the past several decades. But it can get better.

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Newcomers Freshen Up Annual Fast & Serious List

Newcomers Freshen Up Annual Fast & Serious List

Amazing Lash Studio is the highest-ranking newcomer on our annual Franchise Times Fast & Serious list, which ranks the 40 smartest-growing franchise brands based on a 10-point proprietary formula that emphasizes sustainable unit and sales growth over a three-year period.

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Pure Barre’s CEO Out, Seeks Next Fleet to Command

Pure Barre’s CEO Out, Seeks Next Fleet to Command

Christina Russell, CEO of Pure Barre since last April, is out and looking for new opportunities following the acquisition of the boutique fitness concept by Xponential Fitness.

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Pizza Chains Should Trim In-Store Dining

Pizza Chains Should Trim In-Store Dining

If you’re anything like me, you would much rather chow down on a gooey pizza from the comfort of your home. It’s time for the largest franchised pizza chains to try something new and capitalize on recent shifts in the so-called convenience economy.

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Crafthouse Plans Swift Expansion With ADP

Crafthouse Plans Swift Expansion With ADP

The three-unit craft beer-focused restaurant chain with locations in Virginia announced a franchise deal that will have American Development Partners planning the construction and development of more than 100 Crafthouse franchise units over the next five years.

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ApplePie Capital Reaches $300 Million Milestone

ApplePie Capital Reaches $300 Million Milestone

ApplePie Capital announced it recently surpassed $300 million in loans originated to franchise entrepreneurs opening or expanding their businesses.

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A Pre-Holiday Economic Snapshot

A Pre-Holiday Economic Snapshot

There are plenty of positive economic indicators to be thankful for as Thanksgiving ushers in this year’s holiday season. Notably, gas prices are low, unemployment claims are at generational lows and housing starts for both one-unit and two-plus-unit structures are higher than any other moment in time since the Great Recession.

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Automation Top of Mind at RFDC

Automation Top of Mind at RFDC

According to McKinsey, some 800 million full-time equivalent jobs will be taken over by automation by 2030. And for some restaurant executives, it’s starting to make a lot more sense.

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Economist Art Laffer Makes a Case for Optimism

Economist Art Laffer Makes a Case for Optimism

Famed national economist and presidential confidant Art Laffer made his fifth appearance before the RFDC panel dating back to 1995 in Chicago with a message that the best economic growth in recent memory may be in hand.

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Crossing Border to Canada, Restaurant Brands Share Insights

Crossing Border to Canada, Restaurant Brands Share Insights

“International light” is how some restaurant brands view Canada when they think about expanding outside the United States, and while the market is certainly attractive and shares many similarities with its southern neighbor, that doesn’t mean franchisors can simply drop their concept in without considering all aspects of the business.

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To Win Big, Don’t Grind, Transform

To Win Big, Don’t Grind, Transform

Companies large and small are innovating fast, but it might be the small, scrappy players that really find the next major shift.

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Diving Into Delivery P&Ls

Diving Into Delivery P&Ls

At the second day of the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in Las Vegas, Neil Culbertson, founder and principal of Growth Partners LLC, led a panel entitled “Delivery Economics: How Do Operators Make Money?”

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‘Better-for-you’ Beverages in Demand, Says RFDC Speaker

‘Better-for-you’ Beverages in Demand, Says RFDC Speaker

“The cola wars, they are alive and well—it’s a thing of beauty,” said George Hiller, of Hiller & Associates, sharing his beverage forecast with an audience of restaurant operators constantly looking to maximize drink sales.

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‘Get a Grip’ and Travel, Rick Steves Urges RFDC Crowd

‘Get a Grip’ and Travel, Rick Steves Urges RFDC Crowd

People used to say “bon voyage” when wishing you a good trip, says travel writer and teacher Rick Steves. But now they say “have a safe trip” or are too afraid to travel in the first place, and it drives him crazy. “Get a grip, America,” he told the luncheon crowd at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference today.

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Author Tells How to Exit Your Company Without Regrets

Author Tells How to Exit Your Company Without Regrets

Inc. magazine’s Bo Burlingham interviewed between 100 and 150 business owners when researching his book about company exits, and what he found was surprising, he told the audience at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference today.

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‘Courageous Behavior’ Crucial for Restaurant Leaders, RFDC Panelist Says

‘Courageous Behavior’ Crucial for Restaurant Leaders, RFDC Panelist Says

Anyone who’s bearish on the restaurant business might take heart from consultant Alice Elliot, founder of The Elliot Group and an optimistic speaker at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference yesterday.

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Panera’s Founder Shares Tale of Vulnerability at RFDC

Panera’s Founder Shares Tale of Vulnerability at RFDC

The founder of Panera, Ron Shaich, railed against what he called short-termism in opening remarks at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference yesterday.

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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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