Franchising


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    Little Caesars signs multi-unit deals in 7 states

    The chain returned to net unit growth in 2023 and is looking to build on that momentum this year in markets including California, Tennessee and Texas. 

    By April 17, 2024
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    Bojangles to enter Los Angeles market in 2025

    California’s recent wage hike hasn’t stopped the chicken chain from committing to open 30 units in the Golden State, continuing its national expansion.

    By April 16, 2024
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    Ask an expert: How can brands protect struggling franchisees from bankruptcy?

    A bad franchisee can do “irreparable harm” to its parent chain, but early intervention can help avoid sales shortfalls and covenant defaults, said Chris Desiderio of Nixon Peabody.

    By April 15, 2024
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    Noodles & Company bets menu innovation will help drive traffic

    As part of a five-point overhaul plan, the chain will use digital capabilities, expanded catering and improved operations to reverse sales declines.

    By April 12, 2024
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    Buffalo Wild Wings opens 100th to-go concept, with 600 more planned

    This year, the chain expects to reach 150 Buffalo Wild Wings Go units as it sees ongoing interest from new and existing franchisees.

    By April 11, 2024
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    Senate kills joint employer rule, setting up veto battle

    With a presidential veto likely and federal courts considering the rule, the fate of the National Labor Relations Board’s joint employer standard is tenuous. 

    By April 11, 2024
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    Brooklyn Dumpling Shop hires former RBI exec as CEO

    Jeff Galletly will oversee operations, store development, franchise expansion and menu innovation as the chain expands in new markets.

    By April 10, 2024
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    Krispy Krunchy Chicken expands beyond c-stores, targets 700 openings in 2024

    The concept is entering new markets and enhancing its menu after growing by nearly 500 units last year, including 14 locations inside Walmart stores. 

    By April 9, 2024
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    Papa Johns signs new 50-unit franchise deal with The Bajco Group

    The Bajco Group currently operates over 200 Papa Johns locations and plans to eventually reach 500 restaurants. 

    By April 9, 2024
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    Marco’s Pizza appoints COO as it aggressively franchises

    John Meyers previously served as SVP of finance and analytics at the chain and will now oversee departments like technology, supply chain and operations.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Delight Restaurant Group acquires 65 Wendy’s restaurants

    The operator, which previously bought about 100 Wendy’s units in 2021, said it would continue to grow with new development and acquisitions. 

    By April 2, 2024
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    Dine Brands wants to diversify franchising

    The parent company of IHOP and Applebee’s is backing an IFA training program set to launch later this year, which intends to narrow the racial wealth gap through franchising.

    By March 28, 2024
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    Rave Restaurant Group appoints 6 execs, including new CFO

    The company hired Jay Rooney as chief financial officer as it focuses on growing its buffet concept while overall unit count shrinks.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf opens first drive-thru-only location in CA

    The Rialto, California, restaurant is the first of what will likely be several order-ahead units that will target high-traffic markets.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    How juice chains are shifting operations to create more profitability

    Beyond Juicery and Main Squeeze did in-depth analyses on how franchisees could improve profitability from the cost of goods to construction.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    What’s driving juice chains’ aggressive growth

    Brands like Nekter Juice Bar, Main Squeeze Juice and Juice it Up are pushing into new markets and opening stores as demand rises for healthy foods.

    By March 26, 2024
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    Subway faces $50M suit for sexual abuse at franchisee

    The suit claims Subway’s restaurant inspections and other forms of control over operations make it a joint employer with franchisee GRB Investments.

    By March 21, 2024
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    Ex-Auntie Anne’s president joins Taco John’s as CEO

    Heather Neary replaces longtime CEO Jim Creel as the taco chain looks to grow within its existing markets and to enter new areas.

    By March 20, 2024
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    Handel’s Ice Cream hires former Wetzel’s Pretzels chief as CEO

    Jennifer Schuler joins the 130-unit brand after nine years at Wetzel’s, including five years as CEO, as the chain expects to surpass $130 million in systemwide sales this year.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Bojangles secures 20-unit franchise deal in Phoenix

    The chicken chain said the deal validates its expansion strategy outside its Southeastern base as it pushes to reach 1,000 stores.

    By Updated March 18, 2024
  • Texas judge vacates joint employer rule

    The rule, which was set to go into effect Monday, would have lowered the bar for joint employer status. 

    By Emilie Shumway • Updated March 11, 2024
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    Taco Bell franchisee sued after manager sexually harassed teen employees

    Charter Foods faces two lawsuits from women who were harassed by a convicted sex offender working as their shift supervisor in West Virginia. 

    By March 7, 2024
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    First Watch will enter New England, Las Vegas as EBITDA nears $100M

    After passing $1 billion in sales, the breakfast chain is eyeing new markets where its suburban-first system could insulate it from high development costs.

    By March 6, 2024
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    Dine Brands hints at US IHOP/Applebee’s dual branding test

    Such units, which have driven strong sales abroad, may offer a solution to Applebee’s weak domestic same-store sales and shrinking footprint.

    By Feb. 29, 2024
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    Judge bars Burgerim and its founder from selling franchises

    Burgerim could owe the FTC up to $56 million in civil penalties and money earmarked for consumer redress. Oren Loni, CEO and founder of the disgraced restaurant chain, settled separately in November. 

    By Feb. 23, 2024