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Sola Salon Building 150 Corporate Stores, Going International

Sola Salon Building 150 Corporate Stores, Going International

As more landlords begin to view Sola Salon Studios in the same light as gig-economy giants like Uber or WeWork—with new stylists bringing attractive books of business with them—the company sees an opportunity to pounce. Its next moves will be building 150 additional corporate stores in the U.S., while also pulling the trigger on its first international locations.

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Re-Order Technology Enables QSR Table Service

Re-Order Technology Enables QSR Table Service

There’s a lot of buttons, tablets and doodads starting to clutter restaurant tables these days, and some of them are actually pushing sales.

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101 Mobility Relies on Reviews, Custom Products to Grow

101 Mobility Relies on Reviews, Custom Products to Grow

“Sorry, a truck just went by,” said Dave Pazgan, president of 101 Mobility, as he pulled over to the side of the road to talk about his brand’s sales performance on the Franchise Times Top 200+, and at the same time demonstrated the mobility in his franchise’s name.

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NLRB Rollback a Return ‘to the Land of Sanity’

NLRB Rollback a Return ‘to the Land of Sanity’

In a major walk-back for the franchise industry, the National Labor Relations Board seeks to return to prior guidance on joint employer issues.

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Ace Chief ‘Leveraging Physical Stores in Digital World’

Ace Chief ‘Leveraging Physical Stores in Digital World’

Think bricks and mortar retail is on the ropes? Don’t tell the CEO of Ace Hardware, who shared his strategies for boosting the hardware chain’s systemwide sales last year by 6.5 percent as part of our Franchise Times Top 200+ coverage.

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Blended Burger Project Just a Glimpse into Larger Meat Alternative Movement

Blended Burger Project Just a Glimpse into Larger Meat Alternative Movement

New York’s food-focused James Beard Foundation is working to make food both more delicious and more sustainable with its Blended Burger Project. Adding mushrooms to burger creations is not only a more flavorful option with less calories; it saves time and money by replacing meat with plant-based proteins, according to the foundation.

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Operators ‘Wait and See’ as Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall

Operators ‘Wait and See’ as Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall

Hurricane Florence is just hitting the coast of North and South Carolina, and restaurant operators are preparing for a rough week.

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Red Roof Inn Beefs Up Development Amid Hotel Boom

Red Roof Inn Beefs Up Development Amid Hotel Boom

We glean countless stories and industry trends from our exclusive Top 200+ data that’s coming out in the October issue of Franchise Times—more, in fact, than we can fit in the magazine. One of many bright spots in the hospitality category is Red Roof Inn, which has added to its franchise development team as consumers are traveling more than ever.

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Buffalo Wings and Rings Tests One-Time Franchise Fee

Buffalo Wings and Rings Tests One-Time Franchise Fee

In an effort to enhance growth among multi-unit franchisees, Buffalo Wings and Rings is testing a one-time franchise fee.

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Joint Employer Still a Key Issue for IFA on Capitol Hill

Joint Employer Still a Key Issue for IFA on Capitol Hill

Great Clips’ 1,200 franchisees employ close to 40,000 people across the brand’s 4,300 locations, said Steve Hockett, CEO of the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based hair salon brand. “And their employees cannot be our employees,” continued Hockett. “It’s a huge distinction and there needs to be clarity.”

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Caruso Joins WSFS to Lead SBA Efforts

Caruso Joins WSFS to Lead SBA Efforts

Longtime franchise finance executive Candice Caruso recently joined WSFS Bank to head up its SBA lending to small businesses, including the franchise sector.

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FranNet CEO on Mission to Clean Up Brokerage Biz

FranNet CEO on Mission to Clean Up Brokerage Biz

Jania Bailey believes what the franchising world needs is another franchise disclosure document or FDD, but this time for brokers. Her company, FranNet, is launching what she calls the first broker disclosure document or BDD in franchising, meant to throw open the doors on the often hidden ways that third-party franchise brokers work.

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Inspire Brands Makes R Taco Rusty Again

Inspire Brands Makes R Taco Rusty Again

You heard it here first: Renaming Rusty Taco to R Taco was a terrible idea, especially since Rusty was the name of the taco brand’s late founder, Rusty Fenton. As one of the first public-facing changes under the new Inspire Brands parent company, the 27-unit fast-casual brand has reverted to its old name—Rusty Taco.

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IFA Honors Charitable Efforts Through Franchising Gives Back

IFA Honors Charitable Efforts Through Franchising Gives Back

“Giving awards for community service is one of the greatest things we can do,” Doc Cohen said from the stage during the 2018 Franchising Gives Back awards dinner Tuesday night, September 4. Cohen had just finished sharing some big numbers: $245 million and more than 2 million hours. That’s the amount, in dollars and time, IFA members and volunteers have donated to hundreds of community organizations and charitable groups.

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Launching the Definitive Resource for Franchising

Launching the Definitive Resource for Franchising

We at Franchise Times are hard at work on a new project: the acquisition of The Franchise Handbook, for 30 years a recognized industry resource and now preparing for a re-launch.

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Wide Gulf Between Average, High Frequency Diners

Wide Gulf Between Average, High Frequency Diners

Restaurants face a constant balance between attracting new customers and keeping their best customers happy. And some new data brings a little clarity around each of those unique customer sets.

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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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