In some capacity, I have worked on 200 issues of Franchise Times. (I forbid you to do the math.) And over the years, I have met, read about or interviewed some big personalities.
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John Hewitt is poised to launch his third tax prep franchise from scratch after the other two brands he founded, most recently Liberty Tax Service where his alleged actions wreaked havoc, pushed him out in a chaotic mess. Can the man who sold 5,000 units, which he figures has ‘got to be the top 10 in the world,' gain franchisees' trust and do it all over again?
For Krupal Patel, it was a can of Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. Dry, with notes of citrus, papaya and mango, that beer, from Chicago brewery Half Acre, set Patel on a course that's led him to home brewing and, more recently, to becoming a franchisee of Beerhead Bar & Eatery.
It's not hard to see why Japanese ramen has become a global food phenomenon. Even though it's only been around since the invention of the modern ramen noodle in the late 1950s, this simmering bowl of umami and contrasting textures has become one of Japan's most prized exports.
As Jollibee Foods moves into the driver's seat, CFO Brad Reynolds expands his influence on Smashburger's coming rebirth. ‘We have the right scar tissue,' he says, and so plans to never make the same mistakes again.
As more restaurants add vegetarian and vegan options, few seem as well positioned as Taco Bell. Its “Fresco-style” options cut out the meat, dairy and mayo-based sauces and substitutes them with pico de gallo.
“Somebody was going to get there, and it was a real privilege to be the first one to hit that milestone,” says Trey Owen, speaking about United PF Partners surpassing the 100-club mark this past fall and becoming the first Planet Fitness franchisee to break that barrier.
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