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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.

Global Franchise Group Acquires Hot Dog On A Stick™ »

August 25, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Hot Dog on a Stick

August 25, 2014 // // ATLANTA – Global Franchise Group (GFG), LLC, the strategic brand management company and franchisor of Great American Cookies®, Pretzelmaker®, Marble Slab Creamery®, and MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery®, announced today that it has acquired the Hot Dog on a Stick™ (HDOS) brand. California-based HDOS currently operates 78 corporate-owned stores and 14 franchise locations in the United States, as well as internationally in Brazil, Korea and the Philippines. GFG acquired the brand on August 21, 2014.
"GFG is thrilled to add the iconic Hot Dog on a Stick concept to our portfolio of thriving brands," said President and CEO of Global Franchise Group, Chris Dull. "GFG has a proven history of managing and growing quick-service restaurant brands and we see a bright future for HDOS...

Realty Executives Growing; Acquired By Kinetic Companies »

August 22, 2014 at 5:20AM PDT | Source: Realty Executives

Southwest Investment Firm acquires and merges Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma Realty Executives operations.
PHOENIX - Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Realty Executives Phoenix announced today the company has been acquired by Kinetic Companies, a Phoenix based real estate investment firm. Operations will continue under the Realty Executives moniker, as the brand has been synonymous with integrity and professionalism for nearly 50 years.
A family business, Realty Executives was founded by Dale & June Rector and has been owned and operated by his son Rich Rector for several decades. Mr. Rector, with continued ownership in Realty Executives International, will focus efforts on the growth of the International brand, which currently has a presence in 24 countries around the world...

The Dwyer Group, Inc. Acquired By The Riverside Company »

August 18, 2014 at 7:48AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group, The

August 18, 2014 // // WACO, Texas – The Dwyer Group®, Inc., one of the world's largest franchising companies of trades service brands, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The deal with the global investment firm renews a collaboration between two growing and successful organizations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Dwyer Group, based in Waco, Texas, serves as a holding company for seven residential and commercial franchise service brands. The franchise network includes more than 1,600 franchisees operating in the United States and seven other countries. In addition to its franchise concepts, The Dwyer Group also owns and operates 35 full-service glass stores in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire...

Hyatt Completes Acquisition Of Park Hyatt New York »

August 06, 2014 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

New Hotel to Become Global Flagship for Park Hyatt Brand
CHICAGO - August 05, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today that a wholly owned Hyatt subsidiary acquired 100 percent of the 210-room Park Hyatt New York for approximately $390 million, inclusive of pre-opening and related costs. Park Hyatt New York is expected to open later this month.
"With its prominent location in one of the world's most important markets and its elegant aesthetic, Park Hyatt New York will have a meaningful impact on the visibility and reputation of the Park Hyatt brand"
"With its prominent location in one of the world's most important markets and its elegant aesthetic, Park Hyatt New York will have a meaningful impact on the visibility and reputation of the Park Hyatt brand," said Steve Haggerty, Global Head of Capital Strategy, Franchising and Select Service, Hyatt Hotels Corporation...

Camp Bow Wow® Acquired By VCA, Inc. »

August 05, 2014 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Camp Bow Wow

Purchase of Nation’s Leading Franchisor of Dog Day and Overnight Care Centers; Combines Strengths of Two Major Players in Pet Care
August 05, 2014 // // Broomfield, CO – Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest franchisor of dog day and overnight care centers and an Inc. 5000 company, announced today its acquisition by VCA, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOOF), a leading animal healthcare company in the United States and Canada.
Since its founding over 13 years ago, Camp Bow Wow has grown into the market leader in dog daycare and overnight boarding services, with 152 franchises across North America. For Camp Bow Wow, and VCA, the deal represents a genuine opportunity to make a strong company even stronger.
Camp Bow Wow founder, Heidi Ganahl, who will continue as its chief executive officer, said "The sale of Camp Bow Wow to VCA is a testament to the hard work of everyone at the company...

Edible Arrangements® Acquires FruitFlowers® Brand »

August 04, 2014 at 9:40AM PDT | Source: Edible Arrangements

August 04, 2014 // // Wallingford, CT - Edible Arrangements® announced today the acquisition of the FruitFlowers® brand, including two company stores, all e-commerce operations and a portfolio of trademarks that includes Incredibly Edible Delites®, FruitFlowers® and®.
“We are thrilled to welcome the FruitFlowers® team to the Edible Arrangements® family,” said Edible Arrangements’® President Rob Price. “The expertise they bring perfectly complements the Edible Arrangements brand and we expect their integration into our system to be seamless, with no disruption in services.”
Founded by Susan Ellman and Ellen Davis as a cottage industry in their own kitchens in the mid-1980s, FruitFlowers® has locations in Broomall, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware and generates approximately 30-40 percent of its sales through corporate clients...

Gold's Gym Continues Aggressive Growth Strategy With Acquisition Of The Rush Fitness Complex »

July 28, 2014 at 10:30AM PDT | Source: Gold's Gym

Leading Authority on Health and Fitness Acquires All Twenty-Three Locations in Cities throughout Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina
DALLAS - July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gold's Gym, the world's leading authority on health and fitness, announced today that it has signed a new deal to acquire The Rush Fitness Complex – a regional gym chain boasting 23 clubs in communities including Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Dalton, GA, Greenville, SC, Asheville, NC and the Triad (north-central region of North Carolina). The deal is officially slated to close in the next month.
All 23 of the new locations will be corporate-owned, growing the brand's corporate-owned gym portfolio to 146, a 40 percent increase from the gym chain's 104 corporate-owned gym count from July 2013, just one year ago, and an 80 percent increase from its July 2012 count of 81 corporate-owned gyms...

COIT Cleaning And Restoration Services Acquires Santa Rosa Franchise And Expands Local Services »

July 21, 2014 at 5:22AM PDT | Source: COIT

SAN FRANCISCO - July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - COIT Cleaning and Restoration Services, a leading supplier of specialty cleaning and disaster restoration services headquartered in San Francisco, has announced its acquisition of the company's 40-year-old franchise in Santa Rosa, California. The local business, which offered residential and commercial cleaning services, will see an expansion of its restoration services with the acquisition.
"The McDonald family has owned and operated a successful COIT Santa Rosa franchise since the 70s," said Bob Kearn, President and CEO of COIT. "They grew their business by adding all the cleaning services in our entire line, and now we look forward to expanding them further by offering 24/7 disaster restoration services to our Santa Rosa customers and the community...

Realogy Announces Agreement To Acquire ZipRealty For Approximately $166 Million »

July 16, 2014 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: Realogy Corporation

Strategic Addition of Brokerage Operations and Innovative Technology Platform Expected to Drive Incremental Revenue for Company-Owned, Franchise and Title Business Segments; Each Company to Host Investor Call Today to Discuss Transaction
MADISON, N.J. and EMERYVILLE, Calif. - July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) and ZipRealty, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIPR) today announced that Realogy has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ZipRealty for $6.75 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $166 million. With this transaction, Realogy is acquiring ZipRealty's residential brokerage operations with 23 offices across the United States and its leading-edge, integrated real estate technology platform, including its recently released private-label solution for brokers...

Red Robin Completes Acquisition Of 32 Franchised Restaurants In The United States And Canada »

July 15, 2014 at 6:28AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Greenwood Village, Colo. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Jul. 15, 2014 - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ:RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain focused on serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced it has completed the acquisition of 32 Red Robin® franchised restaurants in the United States and Canada, for approximately $40 million from Mach Robin, LLC and Mach Robin, LLC’s Canadian affiliate. Mach Robin, LLC is a subsidiary of 5B Investments, Inc.
"This acquisition is a significant step in support of our expansion strategy. We are pleased to have completed this acquisition and to welcome over 2,000 team members to engage our guests in these new corporate locations," said Steve Carley, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc...

Drafthouse Films Acquires Groundbreaking Cannes Multi-Award Winner The Tribe »

July 02, 2014 at 10:21AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Critically Acclaimed First Feature from Ukrainian Filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy will be Released Theatrically In 2015
July 02, 2014 // // AUSTIN, TX - Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights to the 2014 Cannes' International Critics' Week award winner The Tribe. Blowing away critics and audiences alike, the radically ambitious film has been called "an unprecedented cinematic accomplishment" by Indiewire, while The Guardian heralds it "the great discovery of this year's festival."
Set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, the film's narrative unfolds purely through sign language without a need for employing subtitles or voiceover, resulting in a unique, never-before-seen cinematic experience that engages the audience on a new level...

Diversified Restaurant Holdings Closes Acquisition Of Three Florida Buffalo Wild Wings® Restaurants »

July 02, 2014 at 8:26AM PDT | Source: Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc.

Establishes Market Leadership Position in Western Florida
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - July 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BAGR) ("DRH" or the "Company"), the creator, developer and operator of the unique, full-service, ultra-casual restaurant and bar Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern® ("Bagger Dave's") and one of the largest franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings® ("BWW"), announced today that it completed the previously announced acquisition of three Florida BWW restaurants for approximately $3.2 million.
Michael Ansley, President and CEO of DRH, commented, "Owning an entire market provides DRH with a unique opportunity to gain local market scale, while providing greater geographic diversity to our restaurant portfolio...

Powell's Sweet Shoppe To Merge With Lolli And Pops, Inc. »

July 02, 2014 at 4:52AM PDT | Source: Powell's Sweet Shoppe

July 02, 2014 // // Lolli and Pops and Powell's Sweet Shoppe today announced their plans for Powell's Sweet Shoppe to merge with Lolli and Pops. Lolli and Pops currently has 7 stores under its namesake brand, and 12 stores under the Candyopolis brand. This merger will bring an additional 16 locations under the Lolli and Pops umbrella.
Powell's Sweet Shoppe to Merge with Lolli and Pops, Inc. San Francisco, CA, July 01, 2014 --( Lolli and Pops and Powell's Sweet Shoppe today announced their plans for Powell's Sweet Shoppe to merge with Lolli and Pops. Lolli and Pops currently has 7 stores under its namesake brand, and 12 stores under the Candyopolis brand. This merger will bring an additional 16 locations under the Lolli and Pops umbrella...

Dippin’ Dots Franchising, LLC Acquires Gourmet Popcorn Franchisor Doc Popcorn »

July 02, 2014 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: Dippin Dots

Move expands Dippin' Dots food platform, creates cross-branding opportunities and nearly doubles franchisee base.
PADUCAH, Ky. - July 01, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Dippin' Dots Franchising, LLC, the franchising arm of the iconic flash frozen ice cream maker Dippin' Dots, today announced that it has acquired snack franchisor Doc Popcorn, innovator of fresh-popped, kettle-cooked popcorn. Based in Boulder, Colo., Doc Popcorn's franchise footprint includes nearly 100 franchise partners in 30 states, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
"This acquisition represents a significant addition to our portfolio of leading snack food franchises," commented Scott Fischer, Dippin' Dots president. "From the start, our goal has been to achieve controlled, coordinated and sustainable growth for Dippin' Dots through long-term moves including the strategic acquisition of quality brands like Doc Popcorn...

Chanticleer Holdings Acquires 60% Ownership Of Hooters® Franchisee, TMIX Management Australia Pty, Ltd. »

July 01, 2014 at 7:44AM PDT | Source: Hooters

CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - Jul 1, 2014) - Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) (Chanticleer Holdings, or the "Company"), owner and operater of multiple restaurant brands internationally and domestically, announced today that the Company has acquired 60% ownership of TMIX Management Australia Pty, Ltd., Hooters franchisee in Australia, and its Hooters restaurants in Parramatta and Penrith, both suburbs of Sydney.
The Company also recently announced it increased its ownership stake in Hooters restaurant in Campbelltown, Australia from 49% to 60% and agreed to increase its ownership stake to 60% in the two new stores under construction in Townsville and Surfers Paradise.
The terms of the agreement called for Chanticleer to assume the debt owed to Florida Mezzinine Fund, LLLP by TMIX Darling Harbour Pty, Ltd, parent company of TMIX Management, in the amount of $5 million (the "Debt")...

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Strengthens La Jolla Presence By Acquiring Middleton & Associates Real Estate »

June 30, 2014 at 10:33AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

June 30, 2014 // // SAN DIEGO - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Southern California announced today it has acquired the assets of Middleton Team Inc. in La Jolla, Calif., which does business as Middleton & Associates, a boutique luxury real estate brokerage. The acquisition strengthens Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s presence in La Jolla by adding an office at 848 Prospect St., just down the road from its existing office. Peter Middleton and Middleton & Associates' 30 independent sales associates are being welcomed to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, which is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company.
"Peter Middleton and his team are iconic throughout La Jolla and San Diego County,”\" said Jamie Duran, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Orange County, Desert Resorts and Greater San Diego...

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Acquires 12 True Quality Collision Centers »

June 30, 2014 at 4:38AM PDT | Source: ABRA Auto Body & Glass

MINNEAPOLIS - June 27, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced today the purchase of all 12 True Quality Collision Centers in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, and Bloomington, Indiana. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"ABRA has had an excellent reputation for more than 30 years. I have no doubt our employees will be in exceptional hands moving forward."
ABRA is one of the largest and fastest growing multi shop repair operators in the country. Today’s transaction introduces the company to the state of Ohio and is another step in expanding its national footprint. ABRA’s repair center portfolio now stands at 229 in 18 states.
Duane Rouse, ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer said, "Our growth strategy is on target and progressing as planned...

PowerBilt Golf Executive Acquires TGA Premier Junior Golf Franchise In California »

June 27, 2014 at 4:15AM PDT | Source: TGA Premier Junior Golf

Junior golf manufacturer invests in the future of golf with innovative school-based business model.
June 27, 2014 // // Palm Desert, CA – Ross Kvinge, a 35-year veteran in the golf business and current President and CEO of Powerbilt Golf, one of the leading golf equipment manufacturers and producers of junior golf clubs, understands the importance of engaging and increasing youth participation for the future growth of the game.
To further enhance his position as a leader in junior golf, Kvinge has acquired a TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) franchise in the Coachella Valley in Palm Desert California.
"PowerBilt has been a national partner and equipment supplier with TGA for 10 years and we have been able to grow with them and see the enormous impact their model has on kids, communities, and growing the game," Kvinge said...

Carlson Announces It Will Take Full Ownership Of Carlson Wagonlit Travel »

June 24, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

June 23, 2014 // // Minneapolis and Amsterdam - Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire from JPMorgan Chase & Co. ("JPMC"), the 45 percent equity interest JPMC indirectly holds in Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). As a result of this acquisition, Carlson will own 100 percent of CWT. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in July 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.
"We are pleased with the momentum, growth and results realized by the management team at CWT. This acquisition, along with our ongoing investment in Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its family of brands, helps solidify our long term direction for the company," said Carlson President and CEO Trudy Rautio...

NRT's Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate In Florida  »

May 30, 2014 at 6:39AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

Strengthens Fort Myers/Naples Market Presence with Two Acquisitions
FORT MYERS, Fla. - May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage in Florida, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Island Coastal Realty in Estero, Fla., and 5th Avenue Real Estate in Naples, Fla. Coldwell Banker welcomes Island Coastal Realty's 13 sales associates and 5th Avenue Real Estate's six sales associates from their two respective offices.
"We are very pleased to welcome the professionals of Island Coastal Realty and 5th Avenue Real Estate," 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...

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