Sales up, margins down as Panera continues 2.0 transformation

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Comps for company stores increased 2.1 percent and 0.7 percent for franchise stores while margins declined 2 percent due to food costs and costs related to Panera's 2.0 initiative.

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Franchisors must clearly define their roles to exclude control over the terms and/or conditions of franchisee's employees.

Taking the ambiguity out of local marketing strategies

HuHot's VP of Marketing shares how to get franchisees to weigh in on marketing decisions, and how to blend corporate standards with local store marketing techniques.

Is it possible to deliver fine dining experience for $10?

Frank Klein, CEO of Asian Box, thinks it's possible. The Asian concept sources sustainable ingredients, makes its own sauces and butchers its own meat.

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

E-2 visa leads UK entrepreneur to California dream

Franchising is an ideal fit for many foreign entrepreneurs seeking to live and work in the US.

'Failure is not an option' in CEO's cancer battle

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New Wild Wing Cafe CEO has deep roots in fast casual, QSR

Restaurant industry veteran Tom Lewison has been tapped to help Wild Wing Cafe take flight.

No soup for you? SoupMobiles could change that

Low cost, powerful brand story make SoupMobiles attractive to new franchisees, CEO Lloyd Sugarman says.

Morgan makes the leap from Smashburger to Tava Indian Kitchen

Tava aims to expand throughout San Francisco and into Denver.

Homestyle Dining leverages smaller footprint to create 'plush fast casual' steak concept

Bo's Steak & Grill features a backyard barbecue theme, with country music, denim and red solo cups.

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Burger 21 continues westward expansion

Burger 21 announced its second restaurant in Arizona will open at 2855 W. Ray Road in Chandler on Nov. 3.

Pancheros expands presence in Iowa

Pancheros Mexican announced the opening of its fourth Cedar Rapids, Iowa, location at 5350 Kirkwood Boulevard on Nov. 4.

Barberitos sees significant sales increase in Q3

Barberitos Southwestern Grille and Cantina announced a 17-percent increase in same-store sales for Q3 2014.

Dickey's opens restaurants in Washington, Minnesota

The openings will include gift card giveaways, $2 pulled pork sandwiches, merchandise giveaways and more.

Franchise Assoc. hosting call on NLRB Joint Employer Ruling

The International Franchise Association will host a conference call Thursday to discuss the impact of the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel's recommendation that McDonald's Corp. and its franchisees be considered "joint employers." IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira said...

Food+Tech Connect, ShopKeep offering support for restaurant growth boot camp

Food+Tech Connect and ShopKeep have teamed up to offer 25 full scholarships to The Power of Brand: Growing Your Restaurant boot camp, taught by former Union Square Hospitality Group CMO Felicia Stingone. "In today's increasingly competitive restaurant industry, I have...

GE Capital extends restaurant financing opportunities

GE Capital, Franchise Finance announced today that it has expanded its team of account executives to focus on the restaurant industry. Leading the initiative is Allen Johnson, who has been promoted to managing director of new relationship development in the...

Popeyes CEO added to Franchise Association board of directors

The International Franchise Association has added four new members to its board of directors, including Popeyes' CEO Cheryl A. Bachelder.

Back Yard Burger posts same-store sales increases for Q3

Back Yard Burgers is stepping up growth efforts after posting its 18th straight month of same-store sales increases.

Fazoli's opens first campus restaurant at Texas Tech

This restaurant is part of Fazoli's strategic plan to grow through non-traditional locations, including additional campus, airport and travel center sites.

Hurricane Grill & Wings opens second Arizona restaurant

It's the second Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant for franchisee Gary Arnold, who plans to open six additional restaurants within the next five years.

BurgerFi will open in CNN Center, add breakfast menu

BurgerFi steps up its exploration of non-traditional storefronts and launches into the breakfast daypart with its newest location.

Dickey's opens in Kansas, West Virginia

Both new restaurants are owned by multiunit operators who plan to open additional locations.

HMSHost adds two execs to support development efforts

HMSHost has appointed Stephanie Havard as EVP of Restaurant Development, overseeing strategic investment, concept development and design and construction; and Derryl Benton has been named as EVP of Business Development, overseeing and extending industry contracts. Both roles will report to...

Creamistry opens new Long Beach location

Creamistry offers customized ice cream created using liquid nitrogen.

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