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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.

General Wireless Acquires The RadioShack Brand »

July 01, 2015 at 7:09AM PDT | Source: RadioShack

FORT WORTH, Texas and NEW YORK - July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - General Wireless Operations Inc., doing business as RadioShack, announced today that it has closed on a $26.2 million purchase of the RadioShack brand, giving the company the ability to operate the retailer under the RadioShack brand name.
"We are excited to be moving forward as a new and reinvigorated company under one of the most recognized consumer brand names of all time," said Ron Garriques, Chief Executive Officer of RadioShack. "Our stores serve over 1,200 communities, providing high-quality, high-value consumer electronics and accessories from globally recognized manufacturers and increasingly, with this acquisition, from exclusive brands that our customers know and trust such as Realistic®, AUVIO®, ENERCELL® Optimus® and more...

WellBiz Brands, Inc. Poised For Healthy Growth With Acquisition By KSL Capital Partners, LLC »

June 30, 2015 at 9:28AM PDT | Source: WellBiz Brands, Inc.

Denver-Based Companies Find Synergy In Health and Wellness
June 30, 2015 // // DENVER, Colo. – WellBiz Brands, Inc., one of the largest health and wellness franchise organizations in the United States, is taking its flagship brands – Elements Massage™, Fitness Together® and FIT36™ – to the next level: the company announced today that it has been acquired by an affiliate of the private equity firm KSL Capital Partners, LLC. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
WellBiz and KSL will work collaboratively to strengthen the three brands’ presence through increased awareness and market share in the U.S. and Canada. Each headquartered in Colorado, the two companies share more than proximity to one another; they are both committed to enhancing lives through organizations that provide customized and targeted personal services that are membership-based...

The Hertz Corporation In Exclusive Negotiations With Loxam Group »

June 26, 2015 at 9:15AM PDT | Source: Hertz

For Potential Acquisition Of The France And Spain Businesses Of Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation
NAPLES, Fla. - June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with the LOXAM Group (Loxam) for the potential acquisition of the France and Spain businesses of Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) through the transfer of the entire share capital of Hertz Equipement France SAS and Hertz Alquiler de Maquinaria, SLU. The proposed transaction includes 60 locations in France and two in Spain. As part of the process, HERC and Loxam are each consulting with their respective Works Councils in France.
HERC is a leading North American equipment rental company with operations in the Middle East and China along with a presence in seven other countries through franchise partnerships...

Brinker International Acquires 103 Franchised Chili's Restaurants »

June 25, 2015 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

Acquisition expected to be EPS accretive in fiscal year 2016 and strengthen long-term free cash flow generation.
DALLAS - June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced it has acquired Pepper Dining Holding Corp., a franchisee of 103 Chili's® Grill & Bar restaurants primarily located in the Northeast and Southeast. The purchase price of $106.5 million was funded with availability under Brinker's existing credit facility and the acquisition is expected to be EPS accretive in fiscal year 2016.
"This acquisition represents a compelling opportunity to create value for our shareholders and generate additional earnings and cash flow growth," said Wyman Roberts, CEO and President of Brinker International and President of Chili's Grill & Bar...

American Blue Ribbon Holdings Names Ned R. Lidvall As President Of O'Charley's »

June 23, 2015 at 5:01AM PDT | Source: O'Charley's

After National Search, 30-Year Industry Veteran Joins American Blue Ribbon Holdings' Expanding Executive Team to Take Reins of O'Charley's, Its Largest Brand, During Time of Continued Revitalization and Consistent Sales Growth
NASHVILLE, TN - (Marketwired - Jun 22, 2015) - American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH), one of the largest full service restaurant holding companies in the United States, has announced the appointment of Ned R. Lidvall as president of O'Charley's, the company's largest brand.
Founded in Nashville in 1972, O'Charley's, a quintessential American restaurant concept with Southern roots, today consists of 214 restaurants in 20 states throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Lidvall joins the ABRH executive team after an extensive national search to identify a president for O'Charley's that can continue to propel the brand forward and build on six consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth...

Dwyer Group Acquires The Grounds Guys Of Canada »

June 18, 2015 at 7:11AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group

June 18, 2015 // // WACO, Texas - Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has acquired The Grounds Guys of Canada. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“This is an exciting time of growth for Dwyer Group and a natural extension of our commitment to offer the premier grounds care services to customers across North America and around the world,” said Mike Bidwell, CEO and president of Dwyer Group.
Originally founded by 10 brothers in 1987 as Sunshine Grounds Care in Canada, the company became a successful family business operated by the van Stralen family, offering comprehensive landscape management services. Sunshine Grounds Care began franchising the concept in Canada and looked at ways to expand the business...

Saladworks Acquired By An Affiliate Of Centre Lane Partners »

June 15, 2015 at 8:17AM PDT | Source: Saladworks

Centre Lane Providing Growth Capital to Drive Expansion of the Nation's First and Largest Fresh Tossed Salad Restaurant Brand.
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Saladworks, the nation's first and largest fresh-tossed salad restaurant chain today announced that New York-based Centre Lane Partners LLC has made an investment in the company. In addition, the private investment firm has committed to investing substantial capital to accelerate the company's growth nationwide, with a strategic focus along the I-95 corridor. Centre Lane's investment portfolio includes leading middle market companies in industries ranging from packaging, to consumer products manufacturing, franchising and global aviation services.
Saladworks is an iconic Philadelphia Brand with a stable 29-year history...

Dwyer Group Acquires Service Brands International »

June 15, 2015 at 6:30AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group

Adding Molly Maid®, Mr. Handyman® and ProTect Painters® to the Portfolio

SBI concepts represent $283 million in system-wide sales
Acquisition marks largest purchase in Dwyer Group history
Dwyer Group service brands surpass 2,100 franchisees

June 15, 2015 // // WACO, Texas – Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has acquired Service Brands International, a multi-concept franchise system that includes Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman and ProTect Painters with a combined $283 million system-wide sales. It represents the largest purchase in the history of Dwyer Group and will take the overall Dwyer organization to more than 2,100 franchisees across all brands...

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. To Exercise Right Of First Refusal To Purchase 41 Restaurants »

June 12, 2015 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. to Exercise Right of First Refusal to Purchase 41 Restaurants
MINNEAPOLIS, June 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BWLD) announced today that it has exercised its right of first refusal to acquire substantially all of the assets of Alamowing Development, LLC, B III Wing, LLC, RioWing Development, LLC, AlamoWing NM Partners, LLC, AlamoWing NM Partners II, LLC, Southseas Wings, LLC and certain subsidiary and affiliated operating entities. The assets to be acquired consist primarily of 38 existing Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants located in Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii and 3 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants under development in New Mexico and Hawaii. The total purchase price for the assets is approximately $160 million...

Gatti’s Pizza Acquired By Sovrano, LLC »

June 09, 2015 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: Gatti's Pizza

June 09, 2015 // // AUSTIN, TEXAS - Gatti’s Pizza has been acquired by Fort Worth, Texas-based Sovrano, LLC. The private-equity group is excited about the opportunity to re-energize the legacy brand by capitalizing on its key strengths, and meeting the consumer demand for quality pizza in a family friendly setting.
Among the chain’s strengths are its people, including a committed network of franchisees who collectively have been good stewards of the brand for more than 45 years, and a talented corporate leadership team based in Austin, Texas.
Restaurant industry veteran Michael Poates is currently the president of Sovrano LLC and will lead the Gatti’s team as president, Mr. Poates draws from more than 28 years of experience at Dairy Queen, Whataburger, Papa John’s, Chesapeake Restaurants, and others...

Transworld Business Advisors' M&A Capabilities Capitalizing On Utah's Hot Economy »

June 05, 2015 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Transworld Business Advisors

Experienced Business Advisor Saul Komisar Provides Advisory Services in Selling, Buying and Franchising Local Businesses in Burgeoning Business Climate
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - (Marketwired - Jun 5, 2015) - As Utah tops the nation in job growth for the second straight year*, Transworld Business Advisors of Utah is finding the activity for strategic mergers & acquisition (M&A) services to be equally hot, as a growing number of companies seek to expand into the vibrant marketplace.
According to Transworld's president Saul Komisar, the company, which opened last year, brings buyers and sellers together to move a business toward strategic growth objectives. M&A activity fuels and benefits from an outpacing economy such as Utah...

Sotheby's International Realty Brand Expands Presence In South Bay Region Of Los Angeles County »

June 03, 2015 at 9:19AM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

June 03, 2015 // // Madison, N.J. - Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Vista Sotheby’s International Realty in Palos Verdes and Redondo Beach, California, has merged with well-known local real estate brokerage, South Bay Brokers, with four offices across the South Bay market in Los Angeles County. The combined company will operate as Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, with six offices and nearly 200 affiliated agents.
“Vista Sotheby’s International Realty has built a solid reputation for quality service since joining the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in 2007,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC...

Kahala Brands Announces Purchase Of Planet Smoothie & Tasti D-Lite »

June 03, 2015 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: Kahala Brands

Company Grows Smoothie Footprint to More Than 400 Locations Worldwide
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Scottsdale-based Kahala Brands™ (, a global leader in the QSR industry, today announced that it now controls 100 percent of the Planet Smoothie® and Tasti D?Lite™ franchise brands headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn. This purchase expands Kahala Brands' smoothie concept portfolio to three nationally recognized brands, strengthening its leadership position in the healthy treats segment.
"Planet Smoothie, currently operating over 100 stores with many openings slated over the next three months, is a great addition to our family of smoothie brands. This purchase expands our smoothie footprint to more than 400 locations and further enables us to satisfy the ever-growing demand from consumers for healthy food options that fit just about every budget," said Michael Serruya, chairman and CEO of Kahala Brands...

East Balt Bakeries Acquires The Wendy's Company Bakery Business »

June 03, 2015 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

CHICAGO and DUBLIN, Ohio - June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - East Balt Bakeries and The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today jointly announced they have completed a stock transaction under which East Balt has acquired Wendy's Zanesville, Ohio bakery business, The New Bakery Company, LLC.
The Wendy's Company is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 franchise and Company restaurants in the United States and 27 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit or
"We are pleased to add the New Bakery business and employees to the East Balt family," said East Balt CEO Mark Bendix. "We are excited about the potential opportunity to further expand our U...

American Restaurant Holdings, Inc. Announces The Acquisition Of Muscle Maker Grill »

June 02, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Muscle Maker Grill

Acquisition to Support the Expansion of Muscle Maker Grill’s Fast Casual Concept in New and Existing Markets
June 02, 2015 // // COLONIA, NJ – Muscle Maker Grill, the rapidly growing fast-casual restaurant brand, which promotes a healthy lifestyle by offering its guests a nutritious alternative to traditional dishes, today announced that it has been acquired by Irvine, CA-based Muscle Maker, Inc., an affiliated company of American Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (ARHI), owner and operator of restaurant concepts including Fronteras Mexican Grill, Fresca’s Mexican Grill, Canyon Fireside Grille and JoJo’s Pizza Kitchen. The strategic partnership will provide the Muscle Maker Grill brand with the resources to provide additional support to current franchisees, and to increase the number of its corporate-owned stores and the ability for expansion in new and existing markets...

First Watch Restaurants, Inc. Acquires The Egg & I Restaurants »

May 28, 2015 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: First Watch Restaurants

May 28, 2015 // // BRADENTON, Fla. – First Watch Restaurants, Inc., the country’s leading breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, announced today that it has acquired 114-unit Centennial, Co.-based The Egg & I Restaurants. The transaction positions First Watch as the nation’s largest and fastest-growing breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant company with 267 restaurants in 26 states and a combined 18 under development in 2015. Terms of the deal were not announced.
The acquisition is significant as the combined organization immediately becomes the leading player in the breakfast category, which is the fastest-growing segment in the restaurant industry – continually out-pacing all other segments...

Chaswood Resources Group Acquires Six TGI Fridays™ Restaurants In China »

May 22, 2015 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants

Transaction Completes Fridays International Refranchising Initiative, Further Expands Chinese Presence
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia and CARROLLTON, Texas - May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Chaswood Resources Group ("Chaswood"), a long-established TGI Fridays franchisee, announced that it has completed the acquisition of an additional six TGI Fridays restaurants in Beijing and Shanghai ("Acquisition") on April 20, 2015. Chaswood currently operates 20 TGI Fridays restaurants in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
As part of the Acquisition, Chaswood has committed to the development of 10 new TGI Fridays restaurants in Shanghai and Beijing, in addition to the 4 new restaurants it has previously agreed to develop in Shenzhen. Chaswood is also committed to invest in the existing Beijing restaurants, updating their image to the latest TGI Fridays design, which was piloted at the very successful first Fridays in Shanghai...

7-Eleven, Inc. Continues Fast-Paced U.S. Growth With Acquisition Of Massachusetts-Based Tedeschi Food Shops »

May 19, 2015 at 4:40AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

May 19, 2015 // // BOSTON - 7-Eleven, Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc.'s approximately 182 convenience stores in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area and in New Hampshire. The transaction is anticipated to close in mid 2015, subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Tedeschi is a respected brand and this acquisition fits in perfectly with 7-Eleven's growth strategy," said Stan Reynolds, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of 7-Eleven, Inc. "This move was made possible by 7-Eleven reinvesting the return from previous successful acquisitions to continue the company's growth as the world's largest convenience retailer...

Roark Capital Group Acquires Pet Supermarket »

May 13, 2015 at 8:17AM PDT | Source: Roark Capital Group

Represents Roark's 43rd Multi-Unit Brand and 4th Pet Specialty Retail Investment
SUNRISE, Fla. - May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused on consumer brands, announced today that its affiliate has acquired Pet Supermarket, the Southeast's leading pet specialty retailer, from Charles E. West, Jr., the Company's founder. Pet Supermarket will remain headquartered in Sunrise, FL, and continue to be led by Diane Holtz, its Chief Executive Officer.
Pet Supermarket operates 155 pet specialty retail stores in 11 states generating over $300 million of revenue. The Company offers customers a broad assortment of premium and holistic pet food and supplies with friendly and knowledgeable service...

U-Swirl, Inc. Acquires Let's Yo! Yogurt »

April 30, 2015 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: U-SWIRL

Expanding Company's Reach Into Northeastern U.S.
DURANGO, CO - (Marketwired - Apr 30, 2015) - U-Swirl, Inc. (OTCQB: SWRL) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, U-SWIRL International, which operates and franchises self-serve frozen yogurt cafés, has acquired the business assets of Let's Yo!, LLC. The acquisition of all intellectual property and worldwide franchise and license rights includes the rights associated with 12 currently operating Let's Yo! Yogurt stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Florida. While financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, Let's Yo! will be entitled to an earn-out based on the royalties received over a 24-month earn out period.
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