Del Taco sets stage for New Jersey invasion

Del Taco announced that it will enter into the Northeast region with the signing of two development agreements in New Jersey, slated to begin opening in 2016.

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New Year's resolution: Start the year with a great plan for your business

If you’re one of those people who have great intentions but lack follow through, writing a good business plan is the first major test of your commitment.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

QSRs shift models to 'go where the consumers are'

Mobile initiatives, bigger marketing budgets, franchising growth and unprecedented headwinds grabbed headlines this year for the QSR segment.

Krispy Kreme sales, traffic jump as company begins loyalty program test

Customers can sign up for the program through their iPhone or Android device and earn reward 'Treats' for future purchases. A national roll out is expected in late 2015.

Hurdles expected to remain in place in 2015 for restaurant operators

In addition to record-high commodities prices, labor inflation, technology costs and health care/menu labeling regulations, there is also intensified competition in foodservice.

Lessons from a prolific, international restaurant franchisee

The president of QSR International says offering a breakeven promotion around a beverage is the 'most intelligent thing you can do' going into a new market.

Secrets to successful restaurant site selection

Tour prospective sites in order from worst to best, which will allow you to become more confident, ask better questions and be more in control of the leasing process.

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.

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Baskin-Robbins expanding Kentucky footprint

Franchisees recently opening the brands' first Shelbyville, Kentucky location, and a new location is planned for Louisville.

QSRs dominate top 10 franchise rankings

Franchiserankings.com's top 10 restaurant franchise list is dominated by quick-service concepts, with nine out of ten spots going to QSRs.

Meritage acquires nine Wendy's Restaurants in Tallahassee, Florida

The Wendy's restaurants were acquired from a franchisee and are contiguous to the company's existing Wendy's operations in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ziosk tabletop ordering kiosks expand nationwide

Ziosk, provider of ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the table tablets, or tabletop kiosks, announced it has successfully installed tablets at restaurants across all 50 states with its most recent deployment in Wyoming.

Handel's, Wendy's and Quiznos expand footprints

Handel's debuted in Nevada, The Briad Group opened its 60th Wendy's, and QSR International launched its nineteen Quiznos in Venezuela.

Demolition danger for first Taco Bell building

A local preservation group is working to save the building, which is located at 7112 Firestone Blvd. in Downey, California

Franchise Expo South headed to Houston February 5-7

The Expo will include a small-business seminar series hosted in conjunction with the local Houston resources, and more than 40 other free seminars and five in-depth symposia on a variety of topics.

Franchise association names new regulatory VP

The International Franchise Association announced the addition of Michael Layman as VP of Regulatory Affairs.

Sonic reports Q1 same-store sales increase

Sonic is projecting same-store sales in the low single digit range for the system for the rest of the year.

Dunkin' Brands added 422 units in 2014

Dunkin' Brands plans to add as many as 440 new Dunkin' Donuts units in 2015, and up to 10 new Baskin-Robbins stores.

PizzaRev celebrates 20th opening

Los Angeles-based fast-casual pizza franchise, PizzaRev, is celebrating the opening of its 20th location in just over two years.

Dunkin' Donuts inks 1,400-unit development deal in China

The deal marks the largest ever in the brand's history.

Uncle Maddio's set to open four units across four states this month

The new units will be located in Aurora, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; Charleston, South Carolina; and Cary, North Carolina.

El Pollo Loco closes 2014 by opening four new units

El Pollo Loco has announced the opening of three new franchised locations in California and one new franchised location in Nevada.

Baskin-Robbins seeking purchaser for Toronto franchise

Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is seeking franchisees for an existing location in the Toronto area.

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