Sloan's Ice Cream steps outside of South Florida

Sloan's Ice Cream will open the doors to its first Southern California franchise location in the San Diego's Westfield UTC Shopping Centre on Black Friday, Nov. 28.

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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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NEWS


Burger 21, zpizza rank high on franchising list

Franchiserankings.com, a provider of reviews and ratings on franchises, has released its top 10 best food franchises for the month of November. According to a news release, each month thousands of franchisees around the world are asked to provide feedback...

Dunkin' Donuts plans 2016 entry into San Francisco

Dunkin' Donuts has signed multistore development agreements with five franchise groups for a total commitment of 63 new restaurants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, as well as Palm Springs and Bakersfield, California, throughout the next several years. The...

Int'l Franchise Association adds two executives

The International Franchise Association has added two government relations and public policy professionals to its team. They include: Elizabeth Hays Taylor, most recently chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, will join IFA Dec.

Del Taco plans expansion throughout Chicago

Del Taco has announced its plans to develop at least eight restaurants in the Chicago area, beginning by early 2016. Leading the company’s expansion in the Chicago metropolitan area is The Tasty Group Chicago LLC. The first restaurant is tentatively...

Popeyes franchisee secures financing to add 20 restaurants

GE Capital's Franchise Finance business announced it has provided financing to Z&H Foods LLC to develop more than 20 Popeyes units and to refinance debt. GE Capital Markets served as administrative agent on the transaction. Based in Sugarland, Texas, Z&H...

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...

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.

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