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Franchise Industry Mergers & Acquisitions

New deals are being negotiated and inked every day. Don't miss the news on any deal, whether it's a strategic franchise company merger or an acquisition by a high-rolling private equity firm. Get the scoop on who's buying and who's selling, gain critical insight into trends, and hone in on the opportunities as franchising continues to shake out and adjust to the new economic reality.

SSCP Management Finalizes Acquisition Of Roy's Restaurant »

January 27, 2015 at 9:48AM PST | Source: Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine

January 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - In an announcement made earlier today, successful Dallas businessman, Applebee's franchisee and philanthropist, Sunil Dharod, President and Chief Executive Officer of SSCP Management, officially added the Roy's Restaurant chain to his restaurant portfolio.
In late 2014 Bloomin' Brands announced their intention to sell its interest in the Roy's concept to United Ohana, LLC, a new division of Dharod's SSCP Management, Inc. Dharod, who has been involved in the restaurant industry for over thirty years with multiple concepts, is also the owner of the Apple Texas Group which owns and operates 69 Applebee's restaurants located throughout Texas. In addition to his leadership in the restaurant industry, Dharod also owns several commercial real estate properties...

The Joint Corp. Repurchases 6 Franchises »

January 21, 2015 at 10:45AM PST | Source: The Joint...the chiropractic place

Reacquisition of Los Angeles County Franchises and Regional Developer Rights Positions The Joint Corp. for Company-Owned Unit Expansion in Los Angeles
January 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Joint Corp. (Nasdaq: JYNT), a national healthcare franchisor of chiropractic clinics, today reported that, in accordance with its strategy to operate and develop company owned units and to reacquire select regional developer rights, it has repurchased six franchises in Los Angeles County, California and reacquired and terminated the regional developer rights for that region. This transaction will position the company to immediately begin operating company-owned clinics, to eliminate royalty-sharing payment obligations, and to terminate the obligation to pay regional developer selling fees for future clinics to be opened in Los Angeles County, the second largest Metropolitan Statistical Area ("MSA") in the United States...

BalanceDiet™ Announces Acquisition Of 1800 Weight Loss In Select US Markets »

January 20, 2015 at 4:25AM PST | Source: BalanceDiet

Atlanta, GA, January 18, 2015 - (PR.com) - The BalanceDiet™ Company, billed as "America's Fastest Growing Weight Loss Brand," has announced a joint venture partnership and regional acquisition of 1 800 Weight Loss, beginning in Florida and Georgia markets.
The acquisition continues to build momentum for the popular, healthy lifestyle company who has made significant strides in that past 24 months through a mix of strategic acquisitions and new unit developments.
Jessica Kohl, strategic marketing director for the BalanceDiet™ brand
"1 800 Weight Loss is a great brand name, and one that is trusted by consumers. Our hope is to present these long-time consumers with refreshed options for highly effective products and services, delivered both in store and via our BalanceDiet at Home service...

Easyhome Ltd. Enters Into Agreement To Acquire Cash Store Locations »

January 20, 2015 at 4:16AM PST | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Jan. 18, 2015) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH) ("easyhome"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, today announced that its subsidiary, easyfinancial Services Inc. ("easyfinancial" or the "Company"), has entered into a binding agreement (the "Agreement") to purchase the lease rights and obligations for up to 47 retail locations across Canada, together with certain related assets at certain locations (the "Transaction") from The Cash Store Financial Services Inc. ("Cash Store"). Upon completion of the Transaction, these retail locations will be opened as new easyfinancial branches providing consumer loans to Canadian consumers.
easyfinancial submitted its proposal in accordance with Cash Store's secondary sale process conducted under Cash Store's proceeding under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada)...

The Dwyer Group Acquires Five Star Painting Franchise »

January 05, 2015 at 7:46AM PST | Source: Dwyer Group, The

January 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world's largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has acquired Five Star Painting, a commercial and residential painting franchise with 77 locations across the U.S. and Canada, effective immediately. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We're very excited to welcome Five Star Painting to The Dwyer Group," said Mike Bidwell, CEO and President of The Dwyer Group. "This addition delivers both a compelling business opportunity for future franchise prospects as well as a complimentary trade that fits our overall portfolio of service brands."
Five Star Painting was founded in Edmonton, Canada in 2004. The company began franchising in 2005 and later relocated headquarters to Spanish Fork, Utah...

Moving And Storage Leader, PODS Announces Deal To Be Acquired By The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan »

December 23, 2014 at 5:05AM PST | Source: PODS

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The parent company of PODS announces the signing of a binding agreement to sell the company, in its entirety, to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Teachers'). Details on the deal have not been disclosed and it is likely the sale will be finalized in the first quarter of 2015. PODS utilized Barclays as its exclusive financial advisor.
This transaction is led by Teachers' Long-Term Equities group, which focuses on direct investments with steady cash flow, growth potential over a long-term horizon and a low to moderate level of risk.
Founded in 1998, PODS pioneered the portable moving and storage industry and operates in over 150 locations, both corporate and franchise owned, in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK...

NRT's Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate In Florida Acquires Central Florida Brokerage »

December 22, 2014 at 4:49AM PST | Source: Coldwell Banker

MAITLAND, Fla. - Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage in Florida, announced today that it has acquired the assets formerly used in the operation of Exit Realty Central's Maitland office. The office has more than 70 sales associates serving Maitland and its surrounding areas.
"We are very pleased to welcome these highly regarded sales professionals to our Winter Park branch office," said Clark Toole, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Florida, which is part of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company. "Real estate is booming in Central Florida, and we are actively looking for talented sales associates who know the local market inside and out...

Wheel Fun Rentals Headquarters Acquires Nine Florida Locations »

November 26, 2014 at 5:20AM PST | Source: Wheel Fun Rentals

November 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // Clearwater, FL - Wheel Fun Rentals' corporate headquarters is excited to announce the acquisition of nine locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, formerly owned by local Wheel Fun Rentals' franchisees. In conjunction with the procurement of these locations, Wheel Fun Rentals will be enhancing all aspects of the customer experience, which includes bringing in an updated fleet of new and improved rental products and the addition of bike and kayak tours. Doors will reopen at these locations on Saturday, November 29th.
The acquisition includes the purchase of seven Wheel Fun Rentals locations that are open to the public, located at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa in Clearwater, Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, Lake Seminole Park in Seminole, Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa, Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, Best Western Yacht Harbor Inn in Dunedin, and Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in Safety Harbor...

FibraHotel Acquires The Sheraton Ambassador Hotel In Monterrey, Mexico From Starwood Hotels & Resorts »

November 18, 2014 at 8:12AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

The 229-room hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation and continue to operate as a Sheraton under a new long-term management agreement.
MEXICO CITY - November 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - FibraHotel (BMV:FIHO 12), the first real estate investment trust specialized in urban business-class hotels in Mexico, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the sale of the Sheraton® Ambassador Monterrey hotel to FibraHotel, adding 229 rooms to FibraHotel's portfolio. The transaction will represent a total investment of US$13.5 million by FibraHotel, including a comprehensive property renovation over the next two years. The hotel will be operated by Starwood through a long-term management agreement...

Martinizing And Dry Cleaning Station Join The Huntington Company Family Of Brands »

November 11, 2014 at 5:39AM PST | Source: CRDN

Market Penetration Exceeds 750 Locations
November 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // Berkley, MI - Martinizing International, LLC, an affiliate of The Huntington Company, LLC, a multi-concept franchisor located in Berkley, Mich., has acquired Martinizing, the largest U.S. based franchise drycleaning brand with 422 locations in eight countries including Canada, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Peru, along with Dry Cleaning Station, a full service dry cleaner with 12 locations in the U.S.
Already the largest provider of mobile drycleaning and laundry services in North America, The Huntington Company and its affiliates’ portfolio of franchise brands that provide textile restoration, drycleaning and laundry services now has more than 750 locations, doubling its number with the addition of Martinizing and Dry Cleaning Station...

Annex Brands Acquires Parcel Plus »

November 10, 2014 at 7:05AM PST | Source: Annex Brands, Inc

November 7, 2014 // Franchising.com // San Diego, CA - San Diego-based Annex Brands, Inc. today announced the acquisition of 27 Parcel Plus® shipping franchises from Eagle Franchise Systems, Inc. and its parent, International Center for Entrepreneurial Development® Inc. (ICED) based in Cypress, TX.
With the addition, Annex Brands now counts more than 450 franchises located across 41 states in the U.S., the District of Columbia, and Canada. The company's existing brands include PostalAnnex+®, Navis Pack & Ship®, AIM Mail Center®, Handle With Care Packaging Store®, Sunshine Pack & Ship®, and Annex Copy Center®.
"We are very excited to be adding this long-standing, successful brand in the pack and ship industry," commented Jack Lentz, founder, chairman and CEO of Annex Brands...

Hyatt Acquires Full Ownership Of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort And Spa »

November 10, 2014 at 5:45AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

November 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced that a Hyatt affiliate has acquired its partners' 92 percent interest in the 491-room Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin/Bastrop, Texas, for approximately $143 million. The Company also assumed approximately $65 million of property-level debt. The total price, inclusive of debt, implies a valuation of approximately $450,000 per key. The transaction closed on November 6.
The resort has operated as Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa since it opened in 2006. The resort was developed by Woodbine Development Corporation of Dallas as developer, asset manager and managing general partner of Bastrop Resort Partners, L.P. Hyatt was one of the original co-owners and has managed the resort since its opening...

Largest McAlister's Deli Franchisee Acquires Georgetown, Texas Location With Additional Austin Area Development To Follow »

November 06, 2014 at 12:14PM PST | Source: McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli Opportunities Available

The Saxton Group now owns and operates 58 McAlister's Deli locations, and plans to open new locations in the Austin Area.
November 06, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dallas, TX - The Saxton Group, the largest McAlister's Deli franchisee, welcomes McAlister's Deli of Georgetown to its restaurant family. The acquisition makes for a total of 58 McAlister's Deli locations that are owned and operated by The Saxton Group.
Though new to The Saxton Group, the store has been operating since 2011 years under the management of McAlister's Corporation. By acquiring the location, The Saxton Group promises to bring Georgetown customers the same commitment to genuine hospitality found at all of their McAlister's locations.
Adam Saxton, Vice President of Dallas based The Saxton Group, said, "We are excited to own and operate McAlister's Deli of Georgetown...

Chuck E. Cheese's Announces Acquisition Of Peter Piper Pizza »

October 16, 2014 at 11:41AM PDT | Source: Chuck E. Cheese's

CEC Entertainment, Inc. Purchases 147-store Pizza Chain from ACON Investments
IRVING, Texas - Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - CEC Entertainment, Inc. ("CEC"), the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese's stores, today announced that CEC has acquired Peter Piper Pizza ("Peter Piper"), a leading pizza and entertainment restaurant chain operating 32 company-owned locations and 115 franchises in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, from affiliates of private equity firm, ACON Investments, L.L.C. ("ACON") for an undisclosed sum.
CEC intends to continue the popular Peter Piper brand with operation of the current restaurants, in addition to implementing growth initiatives to expand Peter Piper nationally...

The Huntington Company Adds Pressed 4 Time To Its Drycleaning And Laundry Services Franchise Network »

October 07, 2014 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: Pressed4Time

Market Penetration Now Reaches 342 Locations
October 07, 2014 // Franchising.com // BERKLEY, Mich. – The Huntington Company, LLC, ("Huntington") a multi-concept franchisor located in Berkley, Mich., has added Pressed 4 Time to its group of franchise brands that provide textile restoration and drycleaning and laundry services. Pressed 4 Time is a drycleaning and laundry pick-up and delivery service with 46 franchises in 88 territories across the US.
"With the addition of Pressed 4 Time to our current portfolio of franchise brands, including 1-800-DryClean and bizzie, we are now the largest provider of mobile drycleaning and laundry services in North America," said Wayne Wudyka, CEO of Huntington.
The addition of Pressed 4 Time comes on the heels of the 2013 launch by Huntington of bizzie, a revolutionary drycleaning franchise concept that integrates mobile technology with a locker-based pick-up and delivery service to provide drycleaning and laundry services for tenants of office buildings and residential properties...

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Enters Agreement To Be Acquired By JAB Holding Company For $20.25 Per Share In Cash »

September 29, 2014 at 7:45AM PDT | Source: Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc

Transaction Valued at Approximately $374 Million
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SepT. 29, 2014 - Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAGL), a leader in the fast-casual segment of the restaurant industry operating under the Einstein Bros.® Bagels, Noah's New York Bagels®, and Manhattan Bagel® brands and JAB Holding Company ("JAB") today announced a definitive agreement under which an affiliate of JAB will acquire Einstein Noah Restaurant Group for $20.25 per share in cash, or a total diluted equity value of approximately $374 million. The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by Einstein Noah Restaurant Group's directors, represents a premium of approximately 47 percent over Einstein Noah Restaurant Group's 30-day average trading price...

Terminix Acquires Assets Of Quebec-Based Groupe Cameron »

September 25, 2014 at 5:32AM PDT | Source: Terminix

Expands Canadian Footprint Into New Province
MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - September 24, 2014) - Terminix, the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States and a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: SERV), today announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Groupe Cameron, a Quebec, Canada-based company. The entrance into the Quebec province demonstrates the company's commitment to growing its Canadian presence and follows 2013 acquisitions of Toronto-based Magical Pest Control and Vancouver-based Care Pest & Wildlife Control.
Founded in 1962, Groupe Cameron is a premier pest management provider, with a focus on commercial business, serving the greater Quebec and East Ontario markets through a network of five branches...

Togo's Announces Acquisition Of 13 Restaurants From Company Founder »

September 23, 2014 at 10:58AM PDT | Source: Togo's Franchisor, LLC

"West Coast Original" Focuses on Driving Operational Excellence to Support Future Development
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971, announced today it has completed the acquisition of 13 franchised restaurants in the East Bay and San Jose areas from company founder Mike Cobler. The acquisition brings Togo's company-owned restaurants to 19 units in California.
"This recent acquisition is part of our long-term growth strategy and reflects our company's commitment to operational excellence," said Tony Gioia, chairman and CEO of Togo's Holdings, LLC. "Togo's newly acquired restaurants will provide a larger platform for testing new products and operating systems. The locations will also offer additional resources to support training for new franchisees, management and crew for future grand openings...

Rainbow International®, The Dwyer Group® Reacquire Germany Master License »

September 22, 2014 at 11:37AM PDT | Source: Rainbow International

WACO, Texas (PRWEB) September 22, 2014 - Rainbow International® Restoration, a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group®, one of the world’s largest international service franchising organizations, announced Friday the re-acquirement of the Germany master franchise license from the previous master licensee. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Reacquiring this master license confirms our commitment to direct franchising in select international markets. We are particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to build the Rainbow International brand in Germany, where there is room to build a very large network," stated Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of The Dwyer Group.
The Dwyer Group first sold the Rainbow International master license in Germany in 1992, with the goal of expanding the brand in Europe...

WorldMark By Wyndham Acquires Stablewood Springs Resort In Hunt, Texas »

September 18, 2014 at 10:29AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Anticipates opening to WorldMark owners and guests in early 2015
September 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – WorldMark® by Wyndham, one of Wyndham Vacation Ownership's four primary consumer brands, today announced it has expanded its presence in Texas with the acquisition of Stablewood Springs Resort, located in Hunt, Texas. The resort is the Company's second in Texas and is anticipated to open to WorldMark owners in early 2015. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"The acquisition and development of this resort is an exciting opportunity for us to provide additional vacation options for our owners and guests traveling to Texas," said Geoff Richards, chief operations officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands...



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