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Bertucci’s declares bankruptcy for a second time

The brick oven pizza chain, which also sought debt protection in 2018, blamed the pandemic and inflation for its problems.

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Dine Brands believes Fuzzy’s ‘bad-ass’ vibe can work nationwide

The parent of Applebee’s and IHOP wants to supercharge the concept’s growth without changing what has worked so far at the 138-unit taco chain.

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So much for Freshii being worth $1B

The Bottom Line: Investment bankers initially pushed the healthy fast-casual franchise as a $1 billion brand. It never came close to that. And then the pandemic hit.

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How is the economy faring? That depends on your perspective

The Bottom Line: Consumer spending continues to grow this holiday season, but it’s slowing, and businesses are more cautious, large banks told investors this week.

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Franchise brands push growth even as the market gets tougher

Margins are thinning and lending is tightening. But franchise brands continue to push growth, and many are finding success recruiting new operators.

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Tim Hortons goes small to make it work in the U.S.

The Bottom Line: The coffee chain’s parent company still believes the brand can work south of the Canadian border, but it first had to change.

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The Bottom Line: The coffee chain’s parent company still believes the brand can work south of the Canadian border, but it first had to change.

Margins are thinning and lending is tightening. But franchise brands continue to push growth, and many are finding success recruiting new operators.

SVP Stephanie Traut will take over leadership of operations for the fast-casual salad chain.

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