Cinnabon piloting snack-based concept

Cinnabon is reportedly opening a new store in Houston this month called the Bon Bake Shop. According to the Franchise Herald, the Bon Bake Shop features small menu items (compared to typical Cinnabon offerings) and new flavors, such as Oreo icing and brownie batter. The pilot is located at Houston’s Willowbrook Mall.


Popeyes plans to leverage employee engagement to sustain growth

CEO Cheryl Bachelder said human capital, focused on both employees and guests, is a compelling, profit-driven strategy.

Burger King, Tim Hortons seal merger deal

Despite early media reports, executives from both brands insist their M&A; agreement is not about a tax inversion.

Burger King's 'fewer, more impactful' menu launch strategy lifts sales

The brand will introduce its mobile app, including couponing, payments and geotargeting, nationwide at the end of this month.

McDonald's ruling holds franchisors accountable for franchise employee allegations

The National Restaurant Association claims the decision will impede job creation and create 'big business.'

Breakfast, beverage competition gets a grip on Dunkin’s sales

The quarter marked Dunkin’ Donuts’ highest afternoon guest count on record, and weekly sales in June reached the highest volume.

McDonald’s points finger at marketing for sales shortfall

As part of its operations reset initiative, the chain has started to see order accuracy improvements.

How two QSRs leverage Walmart locations for brand exposure

Walmart customers are similar to Checkers and Philly Pretzel Factory customers in their quest for value, speed and convenience.

Taco Bell breakfast generating up to $120K in incremental sales

In less than six months, the brand's breakfast business is above breakeven and is about 7 percent of the menu mix.

Culver’s turns 30: COO reflects on industry and consumer changes

Consumers are now more aware of food safety, sourcing and nutritional content.

Maui Wowi CEO: Sky's the limit for brand's growth

The coffee/specialty beverage brand just launched an online store for guests who want to have its products shipped to them.

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Quiznos plans 100 restaurants in Taiwan

Quiznos hopes to have 100 new restaurants open in the Taiwan market within the next 10 years. According to a story in Focus Taiwan, the first handful of stores are expected to open in the Taipei area within Q1 2015. Quiznos made its debut in Taipei this month.

Fro-yo, burgers, pizza concepts' growth indicate high demand

According to Inc. Magazine's annual list of privately-held companies, fast casuals are still setting the pace for the restaurant industry.

Dunkin' Donuts on track to hit 500 units in India

Dunkin' Donuts has opened a new flagship restaurant in India, in the South Indian City of Bangalore. The company also announced its franchisee in that market, Jubilant FoodWorks, is on track to meet its development target of 500 units over...

Quiznos, CiCi's, Cold Stone among franchise businesses with high default rates

The Wall Street Journal this week examined the 10 "worst franchise brands," based on SBA loan defaults. The list included three restaurant brands – Cold Stone Creamery, Quiznos and CiCi's Pizza. Topping the list was Planet Beach, with a 41.1 percent default rate.

Sloan's Ice Cream inks first franchise deal in San Diego

The San Diego location is Sloan's first franchise outside of South Florida.

Pollo Tropical will open first San Antonio location next to newest Taco Cabana

Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana will open side-by-side in San Antonio.

Dunkin' Donuts plans to extend Texas presence to smaller markets

Dunkin’ Donuts is aiming to grow beyond the Texas markets of San Antonio and Austin and is eyeing franchising development in College Station, Bryan, Killeen, Beaumont, Port Authur, Marble Falls, Kerrville, Fredericksburg and Liberty. The company will host a webinar Sept. 17 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Yum! Brands experiments with Vietnamese concept

Yum! Brands continues to experiment with the fast casual segment with its latest concept called Banh Shop, located in Dallas.The restaurant joins the company’s Super Chix concept, also in Dallas,  the U.S. Taco Co.

Baskin-Robbins sets its sights on SoCal, Detroit markets

Baskin-Robbins has announced plans to expand its footprint with both existing and new franchisees from San Diego to Bakersfield, California.  Existing Baskin-Robbins shops also are available throughout Southern California. Baskin-Robbins franchising executives will host a Franchising Opportunities Event Sept. 17 from 6:30 p.m.

Krispy Kreme plans 20 new shops in Washington DC area

Krispy Kreme has signed an agreement with Monument Restaurants VII LLC, a Virginia-based limited liability company, for the development of 20 new Krispy Kreme shops in Southern Maryland, Washington DC , Northern Virginia and nearby counties throughout the next several...

Carl's Jr. plans 100 new outlets in India

Carl's Jr.'s parent company, CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., has signed a development agreement with India's BrightStar Restaurants Private Limited, owned by CybizCorp, to open up to 100 new Carl's Jr. restaurants in the India market. According to a news release, CKE said there is potential for more than 1,000 Carl's Jr.

Nestlé Toll House Café extends S. Carolina presence

Nestlé Toll House Café has opened its second location in Columbia, South Carolina. The new unit is part of the Columbiana Centre and includes cookies, coffee, smoothies, crepes and lunch snacks. This marks the second Nestlé Toll House Café in...

Ice cream sandwich concept plans nationwide expansion

CREAM, a California-based ice cream sandwich concept, has announced plans to expand throughout the country. These plans follow the company's success in the San Francisco market, according to a news release. The concept features a variety of combinations of ice cream and toppings built between two fresh-baked cookies.

McDonald’s expands test of build-your-own concept

McDonald’s test of build-your-own burger concepts has expanded from two restaurants in Orange County, California, to four total restaurants in Southern California.

El Pollo Loco finds footing in 'QSR-plus' position

El Pollo Loco announced its second quarter results this week, its first report since public trading began in July. The report included a systemwide sales bump of 5.4 percent.

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