Krispy Kreme marks entry in South America with three-story doughnut factory

Krispy Kreme today opened its first store in Bogata, Colombia, in partnership with franchise partner IRCC Ltda., a subsidiary of VA! Group. The shop also marks the brand’s entry into South America. “It feels incredible to be the first Krispy Kreme franchisee in South America.


Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Arby's redefines target audience after year-long review

The chain has ramped up the number of new products in test four-fold in the past four years.

Wendy's aims to be a 'stronger global player'

The company continues its mobile ordering beta test and is approaching loyalty aggressively.

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.

Carvel celebrates the past with modern shoppe design

Digital menu boards have been added to draw more attention to the brand's signature treats.

A peek at Carvel's new shoppe design

To mark the brand's 80th anniversary, it has launched a modernized look.

Auntie Anne’s SVP: Brands have to adapt to compete in marketplace

The pretzel brand is set to significantly expand internationally, as well as in non-mall locations domestically, with its new store prototype.

Arby's launches 'major' brand revitalization initiative

Arby's revitalization includes Brand Camp, where team members learn about the company's values and guest experience enhancements.

Good, better, best: Counter tops

For all it endures, a counter has to be tough, but durability often comes at a cost.

The whys and hows of restaurant/stadium partnerships

Set up properly, all parties can benefit when established sports and foodservice brands team up.

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Captain D's opens company store featuring coastal redesign

Captain D's is stepping up its company-owned store game with the opening of its new restaurant in the Five Points area of Birmingham on Oct. 20.

Ben & Jerry's opening two-store flagship store in Brazil

On Sept. 28, Ben & Jerry's will open a new flagship store in São Paulo, Brazil.

Remodeled Colorado McDonald's includes solar-friendly windows

A remodeled McDonald's restaurant has re-opened in Boulder, Colo., with new features such as wooden tables, partition walls, digital menu boards with video and flatscreen TVs. The restaurant is also designed with red, grey and black colors, rather than the brand's signature gold.

Auntie Anne's testing Meijer superstore locations

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

Have your Big Mac Attack inside a decommissioned DC-3

Customers at one New Zealand McDonald's restaurant can enjoy meals inside a refurbished DC-3 plane.

Cousins Subs plants flag in Fry's Shopping Center

Cousins Subs has opened a new store inside Fry’s Shopping Center at 3118 South Mill Ave., in Tempe, Ariz. The new 1,422-square-foot store seats 26 and is the first location to open under owner Thomas Jaeger, according to a news...

Cinnabon marks 100th Pilot Flying J location

Cinnabon is celebrating its 100th Pilot Flying J travel center location. The milestone outlet opened Aug.

TCBY and Mrs. Fields will debut dual-brand locations in LA

Famous Brands International, parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, plans to expand to debut its dual-brand layout in Los Angeles. The dual-branded locations will mark TCBY’s return to the LA market after not having been there since 2010, according to a news release.

TacoTime launches rebranding initiative

TacoTime has launched a rebranding initiative that includes store remodels, menu updates and the tagline, "Made Fresh Since 1960." According to a news release, more than 30 percent of the brand’s stores will be updated with a new color scheme...

Erbert & Gerbert's plants flag on Indiana U. campus

Erbert & Gerbert’s Bistro is opening three new locations on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus, including at the Gresham Dining Hall in Foster Residence Center, which is located at 1000 N. Fee Lane, The Wright Food Court at 501 N.

Carvel plans 20 new units this year

Carvel will mark National Ice Cream Day July 20 with a promotion that pays homage to its 80th anniversary – guests can order a junior cup or cone on that day for 80 cents. Carvel kicked off its 80th birthday...

Caribou Coffee plants flag near Minneapolis’ Target Field

Caribou Coffee recently opened a new store in downtown Minneapolis near Target Field, at the newly expanded Target Field Station. The Minnesota-based brand will celebrate with a grand opening on July 9, offering free coffee for a year for the...

Good Times continues double-digit sales growth

Good Times Restaurants Inc. today announced that its Good Times’ same-store sales increased 12.5-percent in its Q3 ending June 30. This is compared to the prior year’s increase of 15.2 percent. According to a news release, same-store sales in the...

Dunkin’ Donuts announces North Carolina development plans

Dunkin' Donuts has signed a multiunit development agreement with new franchisees, Wendover Donuts LLC, to develop five restaurants in North and South Greensboro, N.C. According to a news release, the deal calls for both traditional and cobranded units with sister...

Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt chosen as a Gulf Oil preferred vendor

Gulf Oil LP has selected Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt as a preferred vendor for its Yumz Express offering. Yumz Express is a self-serve, compact frozen yogurt kiosk, according to a news release. "We believe that Yumz Express creates a unique...

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