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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.

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...

Papa Murphy's Announces Completion Of Nine Unit Acquisition In Minneapolis »

September 12, 2014 at 6:05AM PDT | Source: Papa Murphy's
Papa Murphy's Opportunities Available

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Sept. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take 'n' bake pizza franchise today announced the acquisition of nine Papa Murphy's stores in Minneapolis, MN for approximately $3.4 million. The Company completed the acquisition of the locations from a single franchisee in mid-August, bringing the company-owned store count to 24 units in the Minneapolis market. Overall, Papa Murphy's and its franchisees operate 78 stores in the Minneapolis market.
The transaction, which is not expected to impact reported earnings in the near-term, will contribute approximately $560,000 of EBITDA annually, and would be accretive to Papa Murphy's earnings per share by approximately $0.01 to $0...

Batteries Plus LLC Acquires LED Hut Ltd. »

September 08, 2014 at 6:33AM PDT | Source: Batteries Plus Bulbs
Batteries Plus Bulbs Opportunities Available

HARTLAND, Wis., Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Batteries Plus LLC, the Wisconsin-based operator and franchisor of Batteries Plus Bulbs stores, announced today that it has acquired privately held LED Hut Ltd., a leading provider of LED (light emitting diode) lighting products, including bulbs and light fixtures, to customers throughout Europe.
The acquisition of LED Hut Ltd. is the Company's first in Europe and further increases its share in the rapidly changing lighting market. "LED Hut is the online market leader in the UK, with a growing presence in pan-European markets as well. They have a dynamic management team that we believe can grow even faster with the support of our resources," said Russ Reynolds, CEO of Batteries Plus Bulbs...

BRIX Holdings, LLC Acquires Souper Salad® And Greenz® »

September 04, 2014 at 9:46AM PDT | Source: Souper Salad

Parent Company of Red Mango® Expands Portfolio of Franchise Companies
September 04, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – BRIX Holdings, LLC, an innovative multi-concept franchising company, today announced the additions of Souper Salad and Greenz to its growing roster of franchise chains. With a portfolio of brands positioned to benefit from healthier dining trends, these two salad concepts continue to expand BRIX investments in concepts that offer lighter fare and strong potential for growth.
"These acquisitions are consistent with our focus on healthier menus driving a healthy business opportunity," said Joe Vitrano, CEO of BRIX Holdings. "Both brands have the potential to expand in the fast growing segment of the food industry focused on consumers’ healthier eating choices...

Western Capital Resources Enters Into Merger Agreement To Acquire AlphaGraphics »

September 02, 2014 at 7:38AM PDT | Source: AlphaGraphics

OMAHA, Neb. - Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Western Capital Resources, Inc. (OTCQX: WCRS) and BC Alpha Holdings II, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company owning approximately 90% of the ownership interests in AlphaGraphics, a franchise model global leader in marketing and print communications, announced today that they had entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization (the "Merger Agreement") pursuant to which Western Capital will acquire the business of AlphaGraphics in exchange for its issuance, to the owners of BC Alpha Holdings II, of common stock that will aggregate to approximately 45% of the common stock of Western Capital issued and outstanding immediately after the merger. Western Capital currently operates a cash-advance business with approximately 51 locations in the midwestern United States, and a prepaid wireless phone retail business as a Cricket premium authorized dealer with approximately 58 locations...

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 // Franchising.com // 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 // Franchising.com // 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 // Franchising.com // 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 // Franchising.com // 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 fruitflowers.com®.
“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...



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