Doc Popcorn plans 100 locations in Chile, Peru

Doc Popcorn has announced plans to add 100 new units in Chile and Peru throughout the next 15 years following a recently executed master franchise agreement with Alice Keh and her husband, Patricio Haristoy. The first Doc Popcorn location will...

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Sonic franchisee's marketing shift doubles sales of LTO burger

Kergan Brothers' Who Dat burger joins its Rajin' Cajun burger as a football season LTO, generating higher ticket and traffic counts.

Popeyes cites 'superior' real estate focus as driver of new unit profit growth

The chain outperformed the overall QSR category by 6 percentage points in Q3.

Wendy's plans to refine value messaging after 'challenging' Q3

CEO admits to winning some share from a struggling McDonald's.

Who's the boss? Tips for avoiding joint employer liability

Franchisors must clearly define their roles to exclude control over the terms and/or conditions of franchisee's employees.

Taking the ambiguity out of local marketing strategies

HuHot's VP of Marketing shares how to get franchisees to weigh in on marketing decisions, and how to blend corporate standards with local store marketing techniques.

Fast casual execs weigh successes and failures of QSR segment

The worst attribute about QSR, attendees agreed, is inconsistency – of quality, service, cleanliness, etc.

Taco Bell breakfast achieving profitability in first year

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday breakfast business at Taco Bell now outsells the brand's signature late-night daypart.

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Dunkin’ Brands sees potential for nearly 20K domestic units

During the company's investor day this week, CEO Nigel Travis said that being a global company is more difficult than ever because of social media.

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.

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Arby's debuts fast casual-inspired design in Tennessee

Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. announced the opening of a new restaurant design and format in White House, Tennessee. According to the company, the new design, called "Inspire," aims to "deliver fast casual aesthetics while employing QSR economics." Arby's began remodeling...

Popeyes expands TravelCenters of America footprint

TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the opening of two new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants at TA Jacksonville South, located at I-95, Exit 329, in Jacksonville, Florida, and Petro Dodge City at I-65, Exit 299, in Hanceville, Alabama. Both new...

Swipely ramping up in the restaurant space

Business insights provider Swipely is managing over $4 billion in annual sales on its cloud-based platform for restaurant, hospitality and retail brands. In the last six months, Swipely said it has doubled sales under management and provides insights on more...

Burger King cancels German franchise license after wage-theft allegations

Burger King has canceled 89 of its German franchises after a TV report aired in May alleging wage theft and food expiration incidents. The restaurants are franchised by Yi-Ko Holding. Burger King canceled its license effective immediately.

Asian concepts poised for high unit growth this year

New data from Technomic forecasts a 2.3-percent unit growth rate over 2013 among the 500 largest US restaurant chains. According to a news release, this will be slightly higher than the 2.1-percent growth rate from 2012-13 and much higher than...

Dunkin' Donuts expanding Arizona footprint

Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with existing franchisees, ABDD Arizona, to develop seven new restaurants throughout the Phoenix market. ABDD Arizona's first restaurant from this franchise agreement opened on Oct. 27 at 1543...

McDonald's plans Kazakhstan debut in 2015

McDonald's announced it will open restaurants in Kazakhstan in 2015 through a partnership with local developmental licensee, Kairat Boranbayev. Kazakhstan will be McDonald's 120th global market and the 39th market that will be managed as a part of McDonald's Europe....

Wendy's franchisee offering online business degrees to employees

NPC International, Pizza Hut's largest global franchisee and a 400-unit Wendy's franchise, has partnered with Martin Methodist College to offer employees online business degrees. The company will offer incentives for its employees to pursue a college degree through Martin Methodist's...

BDO USA's acquisition expands restaurant industry footprint

BDO USA LLP, a professional service organization, has announced an expansion of its Midwest presence as well as its restaurant industry footprint through the addition of SS&G Inc. and its subsidiary SS&G Parkland. The move adds more than 375 employees, including 36 partners to BDO USA, according to a news release.

Whataburger announces four promotions to support growth

Whataburger has announced several updates to the company's business structure effective Jan. 1, which include the shift of several team members' roles within the company to support its growth. As part of this new structure, Dino Del Nano, SVP of...

Jack in the Box franchisee to add El Pollo Loco, Corner Bakery to roster

GE Capital's Franchise Finance business has provided a $95 million senior credit facility to JIB Management Inc., the largest domestic Jack in the Box franchisee. According to a news release, JIB will use the funds to refinance existing debt and...

Military veterans gravitating to franchising careers

More than 50,000 veterans have found employment in the franchise industry within the past year and more than 400 veterans have become local franchise business owners, according to a new Veterans-in-Franchising Study released y by the International Franchise Association. "Franchise...

Dairy Queen plans 2015 debut in UAE

Dairy Queen today announced that Bajco Gulf LLC, a family-operated quick-service restaurant franchise group, has signed a long-term multiunit agreement to develop DQ Grill & Chill restaurants and DQ Treat stores throughout the United Arab Emirates. According to a news...

Global Franchise Group hires Focus Brands exec to head real estate team

Global Franchise Group LLC, parent company of Great American Cookies, Pretzelmaker, Marble Slab Creamery, MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery and Hot Dog on a Stick, has hired Andrew Kmiec to serve as VP of Real Estate. According to a news...

Subway to highlight stories about military employees

To mark Veterans Day, Subway will highlight stories about military veterans who are part of the restaurant chain's system. The stories will begin Nov.

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