Subway recognizes top development agents

Subway recently recognized four development agents as its Development Agents of the Year for 2014, including one who is receiving the award for a fourth time. According to a news release, the Subway restaurant chain has more than 300 DAs...

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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.

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.

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Dunkin' CEO: Franchisees excited about Tim Hortons' merger 'distraction'

Dunkin' Brands' CEO Nigel Travis appeared on Bloomberg TV this week, offering his take on a number of industry trends. Highlights from the interview include: Competition.

Quiznos stepping up drive-thru presence in Central America

Franchisee president says AUVs for Quiznos' locations in Latin America are about double those in the US.

Taco John’s pressured to take action for 'gaytard' incident (updated)

The ACLU has started a "Stand with Tyler" campaign aimed at Taco John's for an alleged bullying incident involving one of its franchised restaurants. Tyler Brandt, a 16-year-old employee at the Taco John's restaurant in Yankton, South Dakota, claims his...

Roy Rogers signs NJ agreement with Dunkin' franchisee

Roy Rogers Restaurants has signed a development agreement with an area franchise group led by Dipen Desai, who operates a number of restaurants including Taco Bell and Dunkin' Donuts. Desai plans to develop four restaurants across Bergen and Essex Counties in northern New Jersey.

Del Taco plans 28 new Southeast locations

Del Taco has announced commitments for 28 new locations to open throughout the Southeast. Along with recently-opened restaurants in Columbus and Smyrna, Georgia, Del Taco will soon open its sixth Atlanta-area location in Marietta, along with a franchise owned restaurant, in Columbia, South Carolina, among others.

Captain D's reports 5.6% sales lift following grilled menu launch

Captain D's this week reported a 5.6-percent same-store sales increase in Q3, its 12th consecutive quarter of comparable sales growth. Franchised restaurants were up 6 percent during the quarter, while company–owned stores posted a 5.2-percent gain. The results come on...

Sonic's top franchisee recognized for embracing technology

Sonic has presented its Troy Smith Hall of Fame award to franchisee Buddy McClain. The award is the highest offered by the Sonic system and is named after the brand’s founder. McClain is the CEO of MVP Sonics.

Burger King's largest franchisee adds 30 more restaurants

Carrols Restaurant Group announced Thursday that it is expanding its Burger King portfolio with the acquisition of 30 restaurants in North Carolina. Burger King's largest franchisee exercised its right of first refusal to purchase the 30 units in eastern North...

Auntie Anne's testing Meijer superstore locations

Auntie Anne's has opened a test unit in a Meijer superstore location in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

West Coast Franchise Expo coming to Anaheim

The International Franchise Association is sponsoring an expo for potential franchisees Oct. 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Senators introduce NLRB Reform Act on heels of McDonald's ruling

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander have introduced the National Labor Relations Board Act on the heels of the NLRB's decision ruling that McDonald's is culpable for wage theft accusations raised by its franchisee employees. In response,...

McDonald's hosting educational workshops for college students

McDonald's is hosting Education Workshops in the Los Angeles market, in partnership with actress and singer Arden Cho. The workshops are scheduled for: Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.

Bruster’s hires Kahala veteran to lead franchise development

Corey Bradley has joined Bruster's Real Ice Cream as its new vice president of Franchise Development. According to the company, Bradley was hired to help with the chain's turnaround and growth strategy. He most recently served as director of Franchise...

Franchise owners head to Capitol Hill to voice opposition of McDonald’s decision

Franchise owners across a number of industries are in Washington, DC, today to voice their opposition to the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling against McDonald's that stated the company shares joint employer status with their franchiees. Because of the...

Rita's Italian Ice celebrates Iowa debut

Rita's Italian Ice has opened its 50th location of the year, and its first in the state of Iowa.  The new location is at Hawthorne Plaza, 9250 University Avenue, West Des Moines.  To celebrate the grand opening, the location will offer complimentary Italian Ice on Sept.

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