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Informative articles to support business buyers, franchisees, and franchisors in West Virginia.

Latest Tasty Restaurant Group acquisition brings the company’s portfolio to more than 200 Pizza Hut and Burger King locations.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Who's dominating in their markets and regions? See our 2020 Dominators rankings to find out!
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Multi-Brand Operator To Hire 1,500 New Employees At Locations Across 13 States.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Who's dominating in their markets and regions? See our annual Dominators issue to find out!
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Matt and Amariah Fultz bought their first Kona Ice franchise as twenty-somethings and are thriving today as multi-unit franchisees.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Management Group Quaker Hospitality Holdings Acquires 18 Penn Station East Coast Subs Restaurants In Dayton And Cincinnati Markets.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Check Out This New Study That Reveals The Best And Worst States For Entrepreneurs To Start And Grow A Successful Business.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Multi-unit, multi-brand operators continue to grow--and they're getting bigger every year--a trend that continues to accelerate as these "dominators" grow their portfolios through acquisitions, building new units, refranchising, and scooping up successful units from retiring franchisees.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Chris Rigassio is a Jersey boy who grew up loving Jersey Mike's sandwiches and the brand's unique culture.
  • Kerry Pipes
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To say Tom Garrett has been a busy man since we last profiled him in 2015 would be a gross understatement. When we first met up with Garrett, his Atlanta-based GPS Hospitality company was operating 196 Burger King locations.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Master Franchisee Opens 5th Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Alabama This Week.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Multi-unit, multi-brand operators continue expanding each year--a trend that continues to accelerate as these "Dominators" grow their portfolios through acquisitions, building new units, refranchising, and scooping up successful units from retiring franchisees.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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GPS Hospitality To Acquire 11 More Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Restaurants in Georgia. The Burger King and Popeyes Franchisee Is Nearing 400 Locations.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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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
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Multi-unit, multi-brand operators continue growing larger each year--a trend that continues to accelerate as these Dominators expand their portfolios through acquisitions, new units, refranchising offers, and scooping up successful units from retirees
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Fast-Growing GPS Hospitality Adds Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen To Its Franchise Portfolio Expanding Presence In Georgia and West Virginia.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Mike Pietrzyk has always loved contributing to charitable causes. So it wasn't surprising that a decade ago the Firehouse Subs area representative came up with the idea of selling his restaurants' empty 5-gallon pickle buckets, rather than tossing them out.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Tom Garrett breaks down his 30 years with Arby's--first as an assistant manager, then as the brand's largest franchisee, and finally as CEO of the franchisor--this way: "I like to say that 25 of those years were great, 3 were mediocre, and 2 were miserable--in that order."
  • Debbie Selinsky
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After Being Arby's largest franchisee - then its CEO - Tom Garrett Is Back In The Franchisee World Again As A Burger King Franchisee Nearing 200 Units.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Some people are born with a deep desire to win. They are passionate, determined, aggressive, and persistent. We've come to label these multi-unit franchisees "Dominators."
  • Kerry Pipes
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Talk about starting a business during the worst of times. Jason Duffy knows just what that's like.
  • Debbie Selinsky
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Multi-unit franchisee Jason Duffy may only be 38 years old, but he could write a book about being successful in business during tough economic times.
  • Debbie Selinsky
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Multi-unit franchise operators are about to exceed the 55 mph speed limit (or in this case, the 55% limit).
  • Darrell Johnson
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For most of her 40-year career, Linda Read says she has had to work harder, be smarter, and produce better results than the men in her field
  • Helen Bond
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As a hospital administrator, Allen Hager had personally seen the anguish that families faced when searching for safe, appropriate, quality home care services for their family members returning home.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Franchising is bursting (not busting!) out all over these days, with a flurry of activity in financing, mergers and acquisitions, and incentives.
  • Eddy Goldberg
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As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a challenging economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, striking deals with investors, and continuing to grow. And, as the U.S. struggles through its "jobless recovery," growth-oriented franchisors continue to look overseas for expansion opportunities.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 4,595 Reads 93 Shares
Businesses spend an average of $28.87 per hour for each employee, according to recent figures from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. This figure includes salary plus benefits such as health insurance, vacation time, and workers' compensation. Overall, 69.7 percent ($20.13) goes toward salary and 30.3 percent ($8.74) to benefits, with 1.6 percent ($0.47) of that benefit percentage going to workers' comp.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Mike Pietrzyk's 37 years in the food business began auspiciously in 1972, when, as a newly promoted manager of a Burger Chef in Virginia, he was put in a store scheduled to close in 7 months. "The restaurant wasn't doing well, and they'd decided to close it," he recalls. "They just asked me to keep it together for a few more months." Pietrzyk worked seven days a week and did his own marketing, passing out local coupons and getting acquainted with the community.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,571 Reads 81 Shares
Multi-unit and multi-brand operations are where the action is today in franchising. Whether the economy stalls, falls, or climbs, an increasing number of multi-unit franchisees are not content with just one unit--and many are not content with just one brand. Multi-concept franchising offers power in numbers--units, brands, territory, and income--as well as the security gained by spreading the risk across different brands in a franchisee company's portfolio.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,881 Reads 1,023 Shares

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