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Sam Osborne is the longest-running franchisee in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe system. That says a lot about him, as well as the brand. He's been a part of the smoothie chain for nearly two decades, as both an operator and an area developer in Florida.
  • By Kerry Pipes
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If a solid franchise system is the backbone of a brand, an efficient, smoothly working infrastructure is the heart of a multi-unit franchisee operation.
  • By Helen Bond
  • 1,186    0
Buffalo Wild Wings turns to refranchising with sale of about 60 company-owned outlets to its franchisees.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 1,567    0
Multi-unit franchisees talk about the ramifications of employee pay as the DOL's Overtime Rule remains in limbo.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 1,433    0
We're starting 2017 in our customary way: with our "Mega 99" list of the largest U.S. franchisees, ranked by total number of units.
  • By Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,003    0
Dallas' Henry Investment Group adds Salata salad brand to its expanding franchise portfolio with a new deal to bring 20 units of the brand to the Atlanta area in the coming years.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,723    0
Change is inevitable and there are always unknowns and the unpredictable to navigate. This should not be a hindrance to developing and executing a strategic plan for your business.
  • By Kendall Rawls
  • 3,822    0
It's not the fact that minimum wages are increasing for some multi-unit franchisees, but more the way officials are going about it that raises questions...and their blood pressure.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 8,097    0
Papa Murphy's is offering a new development incentive program as the company continues to focus on accelerating growth in specific markets across the country. The new program offers zero royalties for the first three years of operation and $35,000 for the opening of each new store in select markets.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 8,607    0
Huddle House uses limited-time incentive program to grow, with eight existing franchisees signing new deals. The Atlanta-based brand has plans to open an additional 100 restaurants over the next five years.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 11,682    0
Franchisees take action by speaking out at a public hearing when a proposed IRS rule threatens the valuation of interests in closely held businesses.
  • By Eddy Goldberg
  • 11,703    2
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Papa Murphy's is turning to refranchising as it looks for growth in select markets. The company says it's focused on investing to accelerate unit growth in underpenetrated markets in an effort to enhance local advertising opportunities and drive sales and profits.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 14,690    0
A new president will bring a need for reassessing your business operations. The opportunities and threats of the past are likely much different than what they are going to be in the next three to five years. Be prepared for how these can have a direct impact on your internal strengths and weaknesses.
  • By Kendall Rawls
  • 14,714    0
In the wake of a vote to exit the European Union, U.K. citizens made it clear shot that "status quo" was no longer acceptable.
  • By Carol Schleif
  • 10,580    0
As a farm boy I learned common sense through experience. For instance, overloading a wheelbarrow could reduce back-and-forth trips, but at some point the wheelbarrow became too hard to balance and tipped over, defeating my intended purpose of less work.
  • By Darrell Johnson
  • 15,838    0
Dunkin' Donuts Power Team To Open 69 New Restaurants In Louisiana. Longtime multi-unit franchisee Vik Patel, Super Bowl Quarterback Drew Brees, and former New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl Bringing Rush of Donuts To The Bayou State.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 15,980    0
Deciding which brands to invest in is a significant question. Factors run the gamut from getting in early on an emerging concept to customer trends to regional or geographic demands. Dave Goebel has been in franchising (as a franchisee and franchisor) long enough to have developed his own criteria for deciding.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 9,878    0
Mara Fortin wears many hats as a Nothing Bundt Cakes franchisee: taste-testing in one of her seven San Diego-area stores, meeting with local business owners, advocating before Congress on issues of concern to franchisees and small-business owners, and mentoring young women.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 15,665    1
Spherion Staffing survey finds 62 percent of American employees are looking to make a job change in 2017. They are looking for better pay, new opportunities, and a better life/work balance.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 17,042    0
Focus on preparing your business for the future because change is inevitable. Start 2017 by aggressively engaging in the strategic and succession planning process that will help you be prepared for variables such as proposed legislation that could substantially impact your organization.
  • By Kendall Rawls
  • 17,427    0
Multi-unit, multi-brand franchisee Tom Garrett makes major move taking on another 194 Burger King locations. His GPS Hospitality company now oversees 431 Burger King and Popeyes franchises in 14 states.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 19,018    0
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Franchise Update Media launches its international conference for franchising professionals in Europe. The First Annual European Multi-Unit Franchising Conference was a one-day event held last December in Florence Italy and attracted more than 120 franchisees, franchisors, investors, association heads, and government representatives.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 18,576    0
Let's begin with three facts: 1) 78.2 million Americans are hourly workers; 2) hourly workers represent 58.5 percent of all jobs in the U.S.; and 3) 80 percent of all hires made in the U.S. each year are for hourly jobs.
  • By Peter Harrison
  • 21,741    0
Four different multi-unit franchisee groups have latched on to the Taco Bueno brand and each of them has expansion on their minds.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 21,257    0
Engaging in the strategic planning process and developing covenants will help protect your multi-unit franchising organization, the future growth goals of the business, and your personal financial goals.
  • By Kendall Rawls
  • 23,124    0
Robert Schermer, Jr., CEO of Meritage Hospitality Group in Grand Rapids, Mich., hails from the school of life that says, "Go big or go home."
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 15,044    0
Unit-level economics (ULE) is the latest fancy phrase for the fundamental concept of franchisee profitability. The old-school franchise concept of caring only about a monthly sales report and a royalty check and, if the franchisee was not profitable, reselling the territory in 18 months is dead.
  • By Rod Bristol
  • 15,183    0
Four existing franchise groups will bring 65 new Dunkin' Donuts Restaurants to the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, Including Several Multi-Brand Locations With Baskin-Robbins.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 25,010    0
Rob Branca successfully operates 88 Dunkin' Donuts franchise locations. And that's just what he plans to continue doing long into the future. He says it's imperative that industry leaders stand up and fight for the rights of franchisees as they face a continuing barrage of government overreach and regulation.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 15,494    0
After working his usual 50- 60-hour week tending to his 17 Indianapolis-area Penn Station East Coast Subs stores, Rob Chinsky and his wife Linda moved both their children into their college dorms, hours away, all in one weekend.
  • By Debbie Selinsky
  • 15,015    0
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