Stealing a phrase from Special Agent Dale Cooper, there’s some “damn fine” food in franchising. I would know, because in my three years as a reporter at Franchise Times, I have been on a competitive eating marathon that has exposed me to some extremely tasty food — and not just for a franchise.
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Wendy’s has resolved its three-year battle with DavCo Restaurants, formerly one of its top franchisees that started with the brand in 1976, by buying 140 restaurants from DavCo and selling them to NPC International of Overland Park, Kansas, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing June 1.
As Pet Supplies Plus CEO Chris Rowland tells it, and as I’ve seen through the increasing number of cats and dogs in family Christmas photos, it’s become an increasing trend for pets to be seen as “members of the family.” He’s has seen the evolution firsthand, through his parents—and his fast-growing retail brand.
We use it to announce the best and worst news of our lives, to stalk exes and find new love, to read the news of the world and complain about current events—so why shouldn’t Facebook just feed us already? Fear not, socialites, as California-based Facebook has announced plans to add meal delivery to its all-encompassing function set.
The contentious proxy battle for the Buffalo Wild Wings board is over, and Marcato is the clear winner. The activist hedge fund of Mick McGuire took three board seats and Sally Smith is set to retire.
Philip Zeidman, long-time Franchise Times columnist and DLA Piper partner, showed off his way with words when accepting the Who’s Who Legal Lifetime Achievement Award last month, including musing about his early days in the profession as a litigator.
Aslam Khan is known to many as the successful leader of Falcon Holdings, but now he’s joining a new wave of successful franchisees turned franchisor leaders at the top of TGI Fridays.
Franchisees of Buffalo Wild Wings are still backing corporate in the fight against activist investor Marcato Capital Management, saying in a statement Tuesday that Marcato’s plan to sell off most of the 634 company-owned restaurants to franchisees is “heavily flawed.” The company’s annual meeting is tomorrow.
Underscoring the seismic shift to delivery in all corners of the restaurant world, McDonald’s is ramping up its trial of third-party delivery with UberEats, doubling the number of U.S. locations delivering Big Macs, Egg McMuffins, and McNuggets.
Major franchises have taken advantage of more conventional national days to promote their products or offer exclusive deals. Others have had the foresight to actually create their own national holidays.