Franchisee adds 36 Burger King restaurants

GPS Hospitality has purchased 36 additional Burger King restaurants, marking the company's third acquisition in 2014. A BK franchisee since 2012, GPS was founded by Tom Garrett with the purchase of 42 restaurants in the Metro Atlanta area.


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.

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.

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Bruster's Ice Cream plans 25 new locations in '15

Tim Sedney has signed a franchise agreement to open a Bruster’s Real Ice Cream shop in the Dobbins Landing section of Erie, Pennsylvania, one of 25 locations Bruster’s expects to open next year. The standalone shop is scheduled to open in March 2015 at 3100 W. 12th St., site of a former Bruster’s that operated there many years ago.

Carl's Jr. signs agreement to enter Japan

Carl’s Jr. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsuuroko Group Holdings Co. Ltd.

McDonald's adds iBeacon technology in Georgia restaurants

McDonald’s franchises in Columbus, Georgia, are integrating beacon technology, powered by Bluetooth low-energy beacon solution provider Piper. The objective, according to a company news release, is to give customers a new and better dining experience. With Piper's platform, supported by...

Great American Cookies ranks high for franchisees

Great American Cookies has ranked No. 1 in Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual Franchise 500 issue for the fifth consecutive year.

Dunkin' Donuts aims for 410-plus net new US units in 2015

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. announced its performance expectations for 2015 for its Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands.

Wendy's names new CMO, digital VP

The Wendy's Company has announced several changes to its senior leadership team, including a new CMO and a VP to head up digital initiatives. According to a news release, the changes were made to drive growth. They include: Todd Penegor, SVP and CFO, has been promoted to EVP, CFO and International.

Rita’s Italian Ice plans Nebraska entry

Rita’s Italian Ice has awarded a franchise and area development deal for Nebraska to Nebraska Ice LLC. With plans for more than 14 stores within Nebraska, including Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding areas, the expansion increases Rita’s national footprint to 27 states.

Auntie Anne's extends nontraditional footprint with Universal Resort debut

Auntie Anne's Pretzels has opened its first location at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, at Universal CityWalk. According to a company news release, this store is the brand's 13th opened at a theme park destination since Auntie Anne’s first added...

Krispy Kreme celebrates 100th Korean unit

Krispy Kreme plans to open its 100th store in Korea Tuesday with franchisee Lotteria Co. Ltd. Located in Jeonju Jeonbuk, the new 3,200-square-foot doughnut factory features indoor seating for 50 guests and a Doughnut Theater viewing area. "We are proud to celebrate this joyous occasion with our partners at Lotteria Co.

Tim Hortons/Burger King joint company names exec team

Restaurant Brands International Inc., the newly formed parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, today announced its new executive leadership team and board of directors. The team is comprised of senior executives from both brands and includes: Daniel Schwartz, former CEO of Burger King, has been appointed as CEO.

Dunkin' Donuts extends South Florida presence

Dunkin' Donuts has opened six new restaurants and one remodeled location throughout the past several weeks with existing franchisees in South Florida. According to a news release, there are currently more than 150 Dunkin' Donuts locations throughout the Miami-Fort Lauderdale...

Burger King, Tim Hortons officially form Restaurant Brands International Inc.

After shareholder approval from both companies this week, as well as a green light from the Canadian federal government, Burger King Worldwide and Tim Hortons Inc. have officially formed their joint company, Restaurant Brands International Inc. The transaction is expected to close Dec.

Dunkin' Donuts launches green restaurant initiative

Dunkin’ Donuts has launched a new program called DD Green, a green building certification program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants. In conjunction with the launch, the company celebrated the grand opening of a DD Green-certified restaurant in...

Dining app expands mobile ordering platform across all foodservice markets

Toronto-based maegan, a mobile ordering and payment platform, is now available for use across all food and beverage service markets, including hospitals, stadiums, hotels and food courts. "Mobile ordering is traditionally associated with restaurants, but we wanted to bring this...

Good Times turns in 22-percent increase in restaurant-level operating profit

Good Times Restaurants Inc., parent company of Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard and licensee of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, today announced its preliminary financial results for Q4 and the fiscal year. Highlights include: Same-store sales for company-owned Good Times...

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