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Mosquito Joe Is Latest Brand on Dwyer’s Speed-Dial

Mosquito Joe is the Dwyer Group's newest home service brand, the 288-territory pest control business based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

For Wingstop Star, Pizza Patron Growth a Struggle

Charles Loflin, the largest Wingstop operator and the CEO of Pizza Patron, is learning how difficult it is to build a franchise.

Getting along to go along – managing franchisee relationships

Most franchisors have a large and varied collection of franchisees. No two relationships are the same, or at the same points in the lifecycle. Different segments or geographies can change the temperature of a partnership.

At Hounds Town USA It's Dogs First, People Second

By caring about dogs first and people second, former head of the NYPD canine unit Mike Gould has been able to grow his doggy day care franchise Hounds Town USA. With seven locations open and more to come soon, Gould’s unique yet simple business model is what he thinks sets him apart from other pet care companies.

PE Firm Trilantic, Planet Fitness ‘Zee Partner for Growth

Private equity firm Trilantic North America acquired a majority interest in Planet Fitness franchisee Taymax with an eye toward more acquisitions.

Get Your Piece of Booming U.S. Cities

None of us know how long this unprecedented economic expansion will last, but American cities are still booming. During the last decade, this growth of U.S. cities has been nearly universal, with metropolises large and small, old and new growing at rates we haven’t seen any time in recent memory.

Take 5 Veep Thinks Franchise Rollouts Go Better With Money

Ted Rippey’s family built the 1-800 Radiator franchise from “this rinky-dink, two-unit parts warehouse” into a 230-unit auto parts company they sold to Driven Brands in 2015. Now, Rippey heads franchising for another Driven-purchased brand, Take 5 Oil Change, and he’s enjoying the well-capitalized rollout of the franchise effort.

Tired or Opportunistic, Big ‘Zees Sell Out

It’s hard to find new ways to say just how hot the restaurant M&A market is.

Mutts Cantina Gives Pets and Parents an ‘Oasis’ With Cocktails

The urban pet owner experience looks kind of sad to me, a former farm girl, so a newly franchised concept called Mutts Canine Cantina sounds genius.

Paciugo Gelato Acquisition Means More Real Estate Options

Sinelli Concepts International is ready to bring its newest acquisition into the limelight, and it's making real estate selection easier.

Pokéworks Gets Investment From Tokyo-Based Toridoll

Already one of the larger build-your-own poké bowl franchises in the country, with locations in 20 major markets and 100-plus restaurants in development, the investment by Toridoll positions Pokéworks to maintain its founder-led focus while also solidifying the brand’s position as a leader in the segment, the company said.

Face Time a Priority for Phenix Salon Suites Founder

How many sample-size beauty and skincare products can you take through TSA after attending CosmoProf, the giant cosmetics show in Vegas this past week with 38,000 attendees where Gina Rivera, co-founder of Phenix Salon Suites, launched her line of haircare products?

UBreakiFix Prez Says to Keep an Open Mind

Justin Wetherill believes in humility, because every time he gets cocky the president and co-founder of uBreakiFix says the universe has a way of slapping back. He gives an interesting interview in “The Boss”column in the August issue of Franchise Times, with more intriguing excerpts that didn’t fit the page below.

After Major Changes, Jamba Juice Gets Acquired by Focus Brands

Jamba Juice is going private. The 800-unit brand known for its smoothies will be acquired by Focus Brands.

With HR, Keep the Structure Clear, Caliper Consultant Advises

Employee relations and human resources can prove tricky as franchisors try not to stumble into a joint employer mess. Trevor Shylock, a consultant at talent management company Caliper who works with franchises, offers some advice to young concepts.

McDonald’s Dips on Refranchising

McDonald’s refranchising efforts dragged the brand’s second quarter revenue results down, as the brand’s main metrics pointed to continued strength as the company continues long-term investments in digital technology, store remodels and on-demand delivery.

Survey: Millennials Want Complementary Technology

The largest dining cohort out there wants more technology, but they want it to enhance their restaurant experience, not overshadow it.

1,000 Units and Counting for Orangetheory Fitness

When I met Dave Long at one of Orangetheory’s studios in Houston in November, the fitness franchise had just crossed the 800-unit mark and Long, its CEO, was talking about one week when the brand opened 11 locations, calling it “kinda crazy.” Ranked No. 1 on our 2018 Franchise Times Fast & Serious list of the smartest-growing brands, Orangetheory has kept up the pace, cutting the ribbon last week on its 1,000th location.

Café D’Avignon’s First Retail Store Coming to NYC’s Moxy Hotel

Set to open before the end of 2018, it’s the first non-food hall location for a concept that was conceived from wholesale bakery Pain D’Avignon. At 875 square feet, the new, larger store model will serve as the blueprint for future Café D’Avignon retail locations, as the brand seeks to open in high-traffic, mass-gathering areas in major markets nationwide.

Buffalo Wild Wings Tests Self-Serve Beer Wall

'Self-serve beer wall' is the kind of phrase that gives lawyers heart palpitations. But at the latest iteration of B-Dubs Express, it’s not quite the bacchanalian horror show one might expect.

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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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