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McDonald's Writeup in Financial Times Has No Mention of Franchisees

Just yesterday, Financial Times penned a very timely article on McDonald's. With great sources and a multiyear perspective, it recapped the last several years of ups and downs and initiatives.

Franchisee Due Diligence of Franchisors: Lessons from Applebee's

In the November 2016 Restaurant Finance Monitor, published by John Hamburger and Franchise Times, there is an excellent article about current issues underway in the Applebee’s system. Applebee's problem is also broadly present in parts of the restaurant franchise space.

What Restaurants Must Fix Operationally in 2013

Restaurant sector challenges of negative same store sales comparables, consumer unease, rising food commodity costs and some magnitude of increased heath care costs emanating from Obama Care appeared in 2012. The same issues will be present in 2013.

Curves Bought by Private Equity Firm North Castle Partners

An old closed down Curves Fitness
A shuttered Curves Fitness

Josh Kosman of the NY Post has reported that the Heavin family, the Curves founding group, has sold to private equity firm North Castle Partners.

National Press Writes about Restaurant Franchising

On May 18th, the national press, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, wrote about restaurant franchising. Some additional notes are warranted.

Restaurant Franchisees Forum: Dispatches from the Real World

Last week, I attended the 2011 California Restaurant Operator Conference in Los Angeles. This year, the conference had a franchisee session, to discuss issues and opportunities in the restaurant franchising space. Two well spoken, veteran multi-unit franchisees attended, as did an attorney from a large firm who said he worked with both franchisees and franchisors. The franchisees were from Popeye’s, El Pollo Loco, Krispy Kreme and Denny’s.

Long John Silver's, A&W, Arby's To Be Sold; What to Watch

This week’s announcements that YUM will shop the Long John Silver’s and A&W Brands, and today's announcement that Arby’s will be shopped by Wendy’s/Arby’s means that multi-brand chain restaurant operator decombination is continuing. 

Einstein Bros. Bagels Announces Signing of Franchise Development Agreement

Expansion through Franchising Continues with Plans to Open Five Restaurants in
Five Years in Peoria, East Peoria and Bloomington-Normal