McDonald’s success in the Middle East is due in part to a growing middle class in the region, and brands looking to expand there should focus on supply-chain control, finding the right real estate and supporting franchisees, McDonald’s Middle East Development Company’s Managing Director Yousef Abdulghani said during the International Franchise Forum in Dubai, United [...]
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Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Botswana says it is embarking on a five-year expansion plan that will see the company broaden its operations at both commercial and community level. KFC Principal Operator, Wynand Pretorius, recently told the media in Botswana that in addition to increasing the number of outlets, the fast food chain will also source [...]
Pizza Ranch has launched a new coffee program and partnership with Ethiopia Reads and the Tesfa Foundation. The chain expects to serve about two million cups of coffee in the next year, and for every pound of roasted coffee it brews, Pizza Ranch will donate 50 cents to Ethiopia Reads for its Kembata-Tembaro Literacy Initiative. [...]
Franchise Update Media Group (FUMG), the leading industry resource for franchise development, announced that Sean Falk, multi-brand franchise owner and former Marine, is the chairman of the 2013 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, which will be held March 27-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Falk began his career in franchising 14 years ago, after serving in [...]
Pinot’s Palette is a franchised “paint and sip” entertainment art studio where customers are welcome to enjoy cocktails while painting a masterpiece. Local artists guide you step by step through a featured painting and at the end of the night you take the painting home! They host regular classes, private parties and corporate events. Annual [...]
Dogtopia is a unique dog daycare franchise that offers daycare services, overnight boarding and spa packages for their customer’s canines. Their annual systemwide sales figures were $13.1M in 2011 and they are on track for $14M this year.
Togo’s, a “West Coast Original” since 1971 serving up big, made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients, is aggressively targeting Oregon for expansion. The San Jose, Calif.-based sandwich chain has fueled its development plans based on recent success of its Oregon franchisees. Togo’s aims to open 25-30 restaurants throughout Oregon in cities such as Portland, Eugene, Hillsboro, [...]
Liberty Tax Service will operate kiosks in more than 300 Walmart stores from early January through April 16. The company already occupies year-round office space in about a dozen Walmart Supercenter stores around the country, said John Hewitt, founder and CEO of Liberty Tax. Liberty Tax operated 30 to 40 seasonal kiosks in Walmart stores [...]
Former chef Steve Ells opening his first burrito business in 1993. He continued to fine-tune his operation until it blossomed into Chipotle Mexican Grill. He is meticulous about sourcing fine ingredients that are grown naturally in a sustainable way. His efforts have changed the fast-food industry forever.
The Burger King system in Latin America and the Caribbean has launched a new, region-wide, unified website. For the first time, every country across the region will have a website with a consistent look and feel that gives guests the opportunity to ask questions and leave comments and feedback for a more interactive experience with [...]
The franchise industry continues to outperform the overall economy, according to the latest Franchise Business Index (FBI), which showed an increase of 0.6 percent, erasing declines of 0.3 percent in each of the previous two months. A dip in the unemployment rate due to 368,000 people dropping-out of the workforce, and a rise in the [...]
Firefighter Charles Baldwin purchased a lawn care franchise he owns with his son, Charles Baldwin Jr., a member of the Air Force Reserve. They call it Ground Guys. They were the first franchise to use the Public Protectors Franchise Advantage program. The promotion by parent company The Dwyer Group offered a 20 percent discount off [...]