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With 94-Unit Denny’s Deal, WKS No. 1 in Three Brands

With 94-Unit Denny’s Deal, WKS No. 1 in Three Brands

WKS Restaurant Group out of Cypress, California, is now the largest Denny’s franchisee in the system. The new location-count leader took the crown by adding 94 restaurants that formerly belonged to QK Holdings.

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Time to Gain Recognition for Brilliant M&A Deal-Making

Time to Gain Recognition for Brilliant M&A Deal-Making

It's been a busy fall already with mergers and acquisitions in franchising, with many of the deals sure to be competitive in our annual Franchise Times Dealmakers project, with nominations open now through December 31 by clicking on the Dealmakers button nearby and at www. franchisetimes.com.

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Another Broken Egg Grows as Breakfast Stays Hot

Another Broken Egg Grows as Breakfast Stays Hot

As the restaurant industry keeps struggling with sluggish traffic numbers—at best—Another Broken Egg Cafe is attempting to double down on the continued strength of the breakfast daypart.

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7-Eleven Owners Air ‘Cold, Hard Facts’ Against Corporate

7-Eleven Owners Air ‘Cold, Hard Facts’ Against Corporate

Franchisees leaving the 7-Eleven system are “creating a glut of available stores across the nation, including in major markets like Los Angeles and New York,” says the latest missive from the convenience store giant’s biggest critic—its coalition of 7-Eleven owners.

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Dave’s Hot Chicken Hopes for ‘Blow Your Head Off’ Launch

Dave’s Hot Chicken Hopes for ‘Blow Your Head Off’ Launch

There are seven levels of “hot” at Dave’s Hot Chicken, which officially launches its franchise program today, with the Reaper so spicy it comes with a waiver.

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R.I.-Pizza: Rapping Calzone Now Repping D.P. Dough

R.I.-Pizza: Rapping Calzone Now Repping D.P. Dough

Rapping calzone and D.P. Dough mascot Stoney Calzone, calling out the pizza industry at large—and the beats are as hot as the oven in the back.

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Roark Sells Jimmy John’s to Its Inspire Brands

Roark Sells Jimmy John’s to Its Inspire Brands

Inspire Brands, the parent company of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Sonic, has entered into an agreement to acquire Jimmy John’s Sandwiches from Roark Capital Group. The Atlanta-based Roark private equity firm purchased Jimmy John’s in 2016 and has been the longstanding owner of Arby’s, which was rolled into the newly formed Inspire Brands in 2018.

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Constant Evolution Returns Dippin’ Dots to Growth

Constant Evolution Returns Dippin’ Dots to Growth

Nitrogen-frozen drops of ice cream aren’t exactly mind boggling 30 years on, but Dippin' Dots has things moving in the right direction again.

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Moe’s Coaxes Customers to In-House Delivery Channels

Moe’s Coaxes Customers to In-House Delivery Channels

As the corporate guy in charge of marketing, field operations and off-premises at Moe’s Southwest Grill, Tad Low’s job includes threading the needle between customer expectations, franchisee pain points and a fast-changing delivery environment that shines a spotlight on how different foods weather the car trip to at-home diners.

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Technology Change: Test, Test and Communicate

Technology Change: Test, Test and Communicate

After identifying a technology update, the real work begins.

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Fazoli’s Readies Off-Premises 2.0

Fazoli’s Readies Off-Premises 2.0

With more than half of its sales now leaving the restaurants, Fazoli’s is preparing a second generation off-premises strategy, which CEO Carl Howard suggested may come at the expense of arch rival Olive Garden.

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Blaze Takes Aim at Big Pizza? Good Luck

Blaze Takes Aim at Big Pizza? Good Luck

The 341-location Blaze is taking aim at the “big three” pizza competitors in a new ad campaign that pits its new, larger pizza against the same old pizza. Good luck.

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 AB-5 is ‘Cannon Aiming at Mosquito,’ IFA Lobbyist Says

AB-5 is ‘Cannon Aiming at Mosquito,’ IFA Lobbyist Says

There are media circuses, and then there’s the extravaganza of grandstanding surrounding the passage September 11 of Assembly Bill 5 in California.

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If All Else Fails in March on the Hill, There Will Be Puppies

If All Else Fails in March on the Hill, There Will Be Puppies

When members of the Franchise Action Network storm Capitol Hill tomorrow to lobby Congress, they will have two main targets, as instructed by the government affairs pros at the International Franchise Association who prepped them Tuesday afternoon. Encourage your state’s representatives and senators to vote NO on the PRO Act, and YES on the Trademark Licensing Protection Act.

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Something to Believe In for Franchising Gives Back Winners

Something to Believe In for Franchising Gives Back Winners

Just Between Friends was founded with giving back as a key component of the franchise model, noted its co-founder and CEO Shannon Wilburn at last night’s Franchising Gives Back awards event in Washington, D.C., but it takes more to create a sustainable charitable effort.

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Naf Naf Grill Signs Four New Franchise Deals

Naf Naf Grill Signs Four New Franchise Deals

On the heels of its first franchise agreement, a 10-unit deal with former Qdoba franchisee Greg Willman and 316 Investments, Naf Naf inked several agreements for a total of 25 restaurants.

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Empire Franchise Group to be Hemp ‘Kings,’ Co-Founder Vows

Empire Franchise Group to be Hemp ‘Kings,’ Co-Founder Vows

Greg George is not shy about predicting the future for Carolina Hemp Company, the first acquisition under the newly formed Empire Franchise Group umbrella.

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Franchise Times Launches Franchise Investment Conference

Franchise Times Launches Franchise Investment Conference

Franchise Times has changed the name and the structure of its annual spring finance conference in order to better serve its audiences: Senior executives from leading franchise companies and franchise lenders and investors. Now called The Franchise Investment Conference, this exclusive event will debut in 2020.

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Malls Not Dead Yet Says Myth-Busting Cinnabon Prez

Malls Not Dead Yet Says Myth-Busting Cinnabon Prez

Cinnabon is a standout on this year’s Franchise Times Top 200+ ranking, to be published in October, leading the treats category by far with systemwide sales up 8.3 percent and surprising those who have proclaimed the death of the shopping mall.

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The Wire: Fatburger, Angry Crab Shack Sign Deals

The Wire: Fatburger, Angry Crab Shack Sign Deals

Every month I’m plucking the key details from dozens of multi-unit franchise development agreements to give you everything you need to know to stay informed and, of course, keep an eye on what the competition is doing. That's The Wire, from Franchise Times.

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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.
 
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