Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite announce SoCal expansion plans

Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite plan to open dozens of locations together in Southern California.

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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.

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.

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Auntie Anne's Pretzels plants flag in Israel, Aruba

Auntie Anne's Pretzels has announced its entry into two new countries with recently opened locations in Reina Beatrix Airport in Aruba and Gold Mall in Rishon LeZion, Israel. The Israeli franchise owners, Michel Sabag and Itzik Gola, have signed an...

Popeyes targets Boston as 'prime market'

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is currently seeking franchisees to open up to 20 locations in the Boston market within the next five years. According to the Boston Globe, the chain hopes to reach 30 units in the area within the next...

DC-area Subway operators raise $350K for Diabetes Association

The McLean, Virginia-based Subway Development Corporation of Washington has donated a check for $350,000 to the American Diabetes Association. The SDC covers restaurants in Virginia, Delaware, most of Maryland and the District of Columbia. The donation marks the fourth year...

Taco Bell franchisee adds 13 California locations to roster

Golden Gate Bell Restaurant Holdings LLC, the holding company of Taco Bell franchisee Golden Gate Bell LLC, has acquired 13 Taco Bell restaurants from Dallas-based Aksan United Fortune.

Ice cream sandwich concept headed to Cupertino, other California markets

CREAM, a San Francisco-based dessert franchise that specializes in ice cream sandwiches, has signed a multiunit development agreement with existing franchisee Moeen Abudamous to develop four additional locations throughout Santa Clara County, California. According to a news release, Abudamous, who...

Rally's signs franchising deal with former Quiznos owners

Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc. has announced that Jaswant Singh and Ashish Thapar will open their first restaurant together – a Rally's location – in Indianapolis by summer of 2015. Thapar and Singh plan to open at least three Rally's restaurants together over the next three years.

Dunkin' Donuts expanding Michigan presence

Dunkin' Donuts is adding to its 60-plus-unit portfolio in Michigan. The company announced it is planning to add more than 40 restaurants in the state throughout the next several years, with an emphasis on Flint, Lansing and Traverse City. Candidates...

Pretzelmaker opens two stores in Russia

"We see enormous potential in the Russian restaurant market," franchisor says.

Boston catering concierge secures $300K VC Investment

The funding will help Phoodeez, a corporate catering concierge that works with more than 40 local restaurants and food trucks, reach more customers.

Doc Popcorn franchisee puts off retirement for multiunit expansion

Doc Popcorn has awarded a multiunit franchise opportunity to husband and wife, Sam and Mary Sanchez, and their son, Eugene, to develop three locations in the Los Angeles area. They recently opened their first location at the Stonewood Center shopping...

International franchising accelerates for top brands

Franchise Times has published its annual Top 200 list and, once again this year, QSRs dominate the top 10. The top five franchises include McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, KFC, Subway and Burger King, respectively.

Burger King franchisee completes acquisition of NC units

Burger King's largest franchisee, Carrols Restaurant Group Inc., announced it completed the acquisition of 30 additional Burger King restaurants this week.

International franchising group names COO

Michelle McClurg will oversee the company's day-to-day operations of Edwards Global Service's executives and associates in 32 countries.

Baskin-Robbins seeking franchisee in Northern California

Baskin-Robbins is seeking qualified candidates to purchase an existing Baskin-Robbins shop for sale in the Northern California area, including Sacramento, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Modesto, Windsor, Sonora, Stockton and Vacaville.

DIY Restaurant Group launches franchising

DIY Restaurant Group, a hospitality franchise company with several limited-service restaurant concepts, announced the launch of a new franchising program to facilitate growth in the Midwest and nationwide. The franchise will operate under three individual brands: Trugurt Frozen Yogurt, which...

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