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Smoothie King multi-unit franchisee Andrew Weinstein believes he was meant for the world of big business.
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Alex King may be only 29, but the Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers multi-unit operator has been a part of the throwback brand since he was a teenager.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Once a year we devote an issue to these hard-working, successful franchisees. As usual, they're an interesting mix, but the results are similar: a combination of grit, determination, and perseverance has led each to success and domination with their chosen brands and markets.
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Spending my summers growing up working at my father's A&W Root Beer stand, I had a love for the business when I was only 10.
  • Greg S. Cutchall
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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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Multi-brand franchising is a growing phenomenon. Some franchisees are not content with operating one brand so they add one, two, three, or more other brands to their portfolios.
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Since immigrating to the U.S. from India at age 14 with "pockets that did not run very deep," Jay Pandya would discover a wealth of opportunity awaiting him in his new home.
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Joye and Dave Griffin have always had a singularly focused mindset to succeed in the automotive world, dating back to their college days when they ran a car detailing business out of the back of Dave's pickup truck.
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Bob Middleton has never been a status quo kind of guy. "I have always tried to improve and be the best I can," he says. "Having that mindset has created unexpected opportunities throughout my career.
  • Helen Bond
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One thing we've learned about Greg Cutchall over the years is that when it comes to his business dealings, he never sits still.
  • Kerry Pipes
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For Alexander C. Johnson, giving back to his community is part of his nature. This second-generation franchisee is now paying it forward, sharing his know-how and leadership skills with the next generation as they navigate their way through the food and hospitality industry.
  • Helen Bond
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The annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference drew more than 1,600 attendees to Las Vegas this past April.
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Fast-growing ZIPS Dry Cleaners often draws comparisons to Planet Fitness for shaking up an industry with a same-day, one-price model.
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Kamal Singh worked as a cashier at McDonald's, delivered sub sandwiches, opened his own Lenny's Subs shop, began adding other franchise brands.
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Arizona-Based Arby's Multi-Unit Operator Opening Brand's First New 'Fast-Crafted Style' Restaurant in Tucson Area.
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Two NFL Players Team Up To Bring Additional Jamba Juice Locations to Washington, DC Market
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Eric Holm has graced the pages of this magazine before. We first profiled him in these pages in 2013, then recognized him with our 2015 Noble Cause MVP Award and profiled him again.
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Jake Alleman considers himself lucky for the success that has come his way.
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Mike Hamra grew up in the Midwest, where his parents ran a highly successful restaurant business, Hamra Enterprises.
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Angelo Freites spent years on the road overseeing restaurant operations of large franchise portfolios before he made the move to go solo so he could remain closer to home.
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Robb Quinlan is comfortable wearing many hats--and also many gloves. The former Major League Baseball player could snag balls at first base, third base, and in the outfield, could take pitches as a catcher, and hold his own with a bat as a designated hitter.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Andrew Howell, 29, has been in franchising for just four years but he is making big waves in Florida with his growing chain of Tropical Smoothie Cafes.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Anil Yadav has graced the pages of this magazine before. He's well-known as a man whose work ethic took him from a Jack in the Box fry cook to the brand's largest franchisee, with 227 restaurants.
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To succeed and grow, multi-unit franchisees must learn to overcome competition, rising costs, changing consumer tastes, the unpredictability of social media, and legislative and regulatory threats--at the same time they're busy hiring and training employees, updating menus, remodeling stores, and dealing with insurance, taxes, and suppliers.
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For Evan Latham the franchise business is a family affair. That's because the 29-year-old Orangetheory Fitness franchisee is the son of the brand's co-founder, Ellen Latham.
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Tracy Bouwens was a stay-at-home mom who never stayed home in Omaha when her discovery of Scooter's Coffee piqued her entrepreneurial instincts.
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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.
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Emily Harrington has spent her life as a high achiever and shows no signs of slowing down.
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Multi-unit franchise growth brings many challenges. One of them is transitioning from manager to leader. Find out how to do it at a session at the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in April.
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