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Leadership change

Business coaching chain The Growth Coach announced yesterday that it has appointed franchisee Lisa Hudson as its president. She is the franchisor's first female president.

Photo: Subway in Colorado Mall by BMM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated both of the previous district court decisions in favor of 7-Eleven franchisees in a consolidated appeal on February 27, sending the entire matter back to the district court. Eric H. Karp, general counsel for the National Coalition of 7-Eleven Associations made the announcement, saying that the ruling states that two important errors of law were made by the district court.

Legal judgment & dispute resolution

After a lengthy legal battle, 1,500 Canadian franchisees will now consider a proposed settlement offer on two class-action lawsuits they filed against the coffee/doughnut chain in 2017. The lead plaintiff and president of the Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA), Mark Walker, signed an agreement on March 6 with Restaurant Brands International (RBI), Tim Hortons parent company, which was filed in Ontario Superior Court.

photo of a TrueValue sign by Mike Mozart, Flickr

The True Value Company, a national chain of hardware stores, has announced a strategic investment of $150 million in a new distribution center in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Briefings from Other Trade Journals

Dairy Queen will be celebrating its own Free Cone Day on the first day of spring, Wednesday, March 20, when it will be giving away free small soft serve cones, followed up from March 21-31 with $.50 cones to those who use its mobile app.

McDonald's National Owners Association (NOA), the newly formed franchise owners group, is grousing that Uber's delivery fees, compounded by corporate's rent and service fees, are not sustainable for owners with the resulting margins they are currently experiencing.

A new study from Ohio State University recommends that health-focused restaurants use menu boards that look handwritten. The look can subtly sway consumers that the food at that restaurant is healthier. Think TLC.

QSR managers work hard, but in spite of that are not generally thought to have particularly good wages. That's not the case for In-N-Out Burger managers.

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