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The Economist: How HoJo Lost Its Mojo

The last HoJo in the world is up for sale. That is quite a let down for arguably the earliest pioneer of business format franchising.

Does Online Grocery Shopping Hurt Legacy Chain Grocery Stores?

When an industry sector is capitulating customers, sales, and retail format customer relevance they seemingly want to blame someone else. One company told me, “it’s not our fault customers are migrating to other formats."

Trump, Immigrants and Restaurants

There is an interesting debate in the foodservice industry on the impact to restaurants by the Administration's policies on immigration and undocumented workers.

Chili’s, Maggiano’s Sales Continue to Decline

Brinker International, parent company to Chili's and Maggiano's, released its 2017 second quarter results showing both restaurant chains had falling sales, reducing its profit outlook as locations struggle to pay more for products and get customers in the door.

Lone Star Steakhouse Shutters Restaurants

Lone Star Steakhouse restaurants have abruptly closed in Colorado and other states, with no response from the company's headquarters in Plano, Texas to media questions.

Saladworks Same-Restaurant Sales Strong in 2016, Plans to Rebirth Brand in 2017

Saladworks announced this week that its 2016 same-restaurant sales jumped eight percent over 2015 and that the chain of 97 franchised restaurants will roll out an expansive revamp of its brand for 2017.

Papa Murphy’s Hopes to Pay Debt by Refranchising Company Stores

While Papa Murphy's franchises and company-owned stores have experienced negative growth in same-store sales, Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) finds itself in need of money.

Five Undercurrents of Grocerant Success in 2017

There are five undercurrents of growth that are driving the continued expansion of grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food.

Japan: Franchisor Seven-Eleven Outperforms Competitors

Seven-Eleven's ready-made take-away meals. (photo:wikimedia)

Japanese convenience store franchisor Seven-Eleven Japan, or 7-Eleven as its much smaller sister company is known in the United States, grew its operating profits by 4 percent for its nine-month period to ¥187.1 billion (US$1.64 billion).

Jobs Are Heating Up for Fast-Food Workers

Restaurant owners are giving referral bonuses, weeks of paid vacation, higher pay and other enticements in their effort to find workers. Restaurant employers are struggling to find workers.