David Ambinder, former senior vice president of global business support services for Lehman Brothers, left the financial sector after the company filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and invested his savings in a Mr. Handyman franchise. Ambinder found the management and development skills he used to oversee about 500 employees across the globe with Lehman still [...]
If you’re a franchisor ready to grow your system, be sure to join us Nov. 13 to 14 in Fort Lauderdale for IFA’s Emerging Franchisor Conference. This new conference is designed to address challenges and opportunities unique to franchise systems with 300 or fewer franchisees. The event is also a prime networking and educational opportunity. [...]
Rob Cookston began his career with Domino’s Pizza in 1987 as a deliveryman at age 19 and today he owns and operates 18 stores in Connecticut and New York. Cookston’s story is not uncommon at the pizza chain. According to spokesman Tim McIntyre, 90% of Domino’s franchises are owned by former deliverymen or entry-level workers. [...]
For the past few years, Applebee’s has quietly been experimenting with a late-night bar and club scene at restaurants around the country. Some offer karaoke and trivia nights. Others have fashioned themselves into nightclubs where patrons can gobble spinach and artichoke dip under the Day-Glo beauty of black lights. In late August, the restaurant chain [...]
KFC rescued a small Indiana town that needed new fire hydrants. The company shelled out $7500 to post Fiery Grilled Wings ads on three hydrants in exchange for getting the town some new gear.
Results from more than 5,000 consumers surveyed have put Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza on top of its competitors yet again. In the second annual “Consumer Picks,” administered by trade publication Nation’s Restaurant News and research firm WD Partners, Papa Murphy’s emerged #1 within the pizza category in nine out of 10 attributes surveyed. [...]
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Some franchise concepts are counting on the fact that cheaper, smaller footprints might be more attractive to potential franchisees in this rocky lending environment. One in particular, Philly Pretzel Factory, is hoping a new kiosk offering will draw new franchise partners and excite its existing franchisee base. The 111-unit chain based in Philadelphia built its [...]
Grow your business! IFA’s 2012 Franchise Development Seminar Series has been completely re-tooled to focus more on networking with peers and sharing personal experiences and lessons learned. Come hear from leading franchise executives offering development solutions and best practices based on real world scenarios. Everyone wants to grow their business, but the recent difficulties in [...]