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'Fairness' is at Root of Collaboration at FASTSIGNS

“To me it’s all about fairness,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS, when it comes to the franchise agreement she asks franchisees to sign. She and two others spoke on a panel about franchisor/franchisee collaboration at the International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium in Chicago, May 3-5.

Researching a Pending Poutine Invasion

Have you tried poutine yet? If not, you might get your chance soon, as the Quebecois-derived heart attack in a dish (fries, gravy and cheese curds) is on its way into the United States in a big way. Smoke’s Poutinerie, the “world’s largest and original poutinerie” is a Canadian franchise that has bold plans to open 800 locations in the United States and 1,300 locations worldwide within the next five years.

Q&A with Ron Green, founder of Another Broken Egg Cafe

As Mother’s Day approaches, Another Broken Egg Cafe’s 51 locations are preparing for its busiest weekend of the year. Founder and CEO, Ron Green, estimates that his units will go through 580,000 eggs, with customer counts projected to exceed 900 people at each location before 2 o’clock.

Nothing Bundt Cakes Boss Didn't Let Naysayer Deter Her

When Debra Shwetz opened the first Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery in Las Vegas 17 years ago, one of her earliest customers was a wet blanket, she told the audience at the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas last week.

Full Circle for Massage Green's Founder, A Tigers Fan

It’s been a long road to good fortune for Allie Mallad, CEO of Massage Green International, who said his small size as a youngster was an advantage and told this story at the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas last week.

Rising food prices pack a punch

With skyrocketing chicken and beef prices, California’s drought and Minnesota’s bird flu outbreak, restaurant watchers have also taken notice of this year’s historically unpredictable food prices.

Roy Rogers seeks to double in size

After peaking at nearly 650 restaurants, and then shrinking drastically, the current owners of Roy Rogers are re-franchising the brand with a goal of doubling the number of locations within five years.

Dealmakers Winners Believe Right Partner Matters More than Money

You’re not just hunting for capital, when looking for a new investor. You’re looking for a partner to build a bigger business. So said Greg Flynn, Flynn Restaurant Group, at a panel today featuring three winners of this year’s Franchise Times Dealmakers awards.

Panelists Share Tips to Ease Costly Rollouts with Franchisees

Communication is key when franchisors roll out changes that cost franchisees money, according to a panel exploring the topic, “What do franchisees want?” at the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference Tuesday morning in Las Vegas.

FFGC: Franchisee follows the bouncing ball to entrepreneurship

Years ago there was a debate in franchising centered on whether franchisees qualify as true entrepreneurs. After all, they were “just” following a game plan the franchisor dreamed up.

Roark Capital Acquires Driven Brands

Roark Capital Group has acquired Driven Brands, a nationwide franchise automotive company, from Harvest Partners. Driven Brands’ CEO, Jonathan Fitzpatrick, will continue to lead the business, which will remain headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.

Captain D's Moving Back to the Beach

Fast-casual seafood chain, Captain D’s, in the middle of a reinvention centered around beachy restaurant redesigns, a retooled, healthier menu and increasing its share of franchised locations.

Legacy Concepts Boosts Dunkin' Push in Minnesota

Legacy Concepts answered Dunkin’ Donuts call to re-introduce the coffee-and-donuts brand to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, a state it abandoned when it closed its last store in 2005.

Q&A with Dan Tarantin, president and CEO at Harris Research

After becoming the CEO of Jackson Hewitt at 31, Dan Tarantin is now the head of Chem-Dry and N-Hance international home service brands.

For Emerging Franchisors, Three Mistakes to Avoid

Brent Dowling, COO of franchisor consultant RainTree, counts three mistakes often made by emerging franchisors in their quest to grow, and he offers them in response to Franchise Times’ Living Large column, which is following young franchisors all year to see how they tackle various challenges.

New Design for Welcyon Aims for Upscale Clientele

Welcyon, the Edina, Minnesota-based chain of health clubs for people over 50, has a new design executives hope will appeal to choosy baby boomer clients with sophisticated tastes.

3 New Clients Sign on for ApplePie Capital’s Funding Model

Three new franchise clients push the total to 11 for ApplePie Capital, the fledgling website connecting investors to franchise loans in a version of crowdfunding. They are Brain Balance Achievement Centers, Brightway Insurance and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

GE Capital Franchise Finance Anticipates Sale

GE said it would sell most of its GE Capital assets by 2018, in a move to refocus on its industrial businesses. GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said market conditions are favorable to pursue the sale of GE Capital assets not specifically tied to it industrial units. What does that mean for GE Capital, Franchise Finance, one of the largest lenders in the restaurant finance arena?

It's Bo Time, as Bojangles' Plans its IPO

As Bojangles' looks to go public, most analysts expect another stock market pop in the mold of Shake Shack and other recent franchised restaurant brands.

Q&A with David Kaiser, VP of Great American Cookies

David Kaiser, VP of Great American Cookies, on the appeal of the Middle East for American brands, and its major initiatives for 2015.

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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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