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Financing

Panera buys Au Bon Pain

The acquisition will provide Panera with an entry into nontraditional sites, and reunite management with a brand Panera once owned and operated.

Financing

Shareholders vote against J. Alexander's merger

The company says it will focus on organic growth after shareholders block a proposed merger with Ninety Nine Restaurants.

The husband and wife team who started the chain have sold a controlling interest to TPG Growth.

Inspire Brands, which owns Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings, is a new kind of brand operator.

A number of successful individuals and companies are trying the other side of investment negotiations.

The Bottom Line: Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings want to buy more brands, and they have plenty of choices.

The $2.9 billion purchase of BWW by Roark Capital will turn Arby's Restaurant Group into a two-brand operation headed by Paul Brown.

In this environment, anything is possible, but such a deal seems unlikely, says RB's The Bottom Line.

An analyst suggests the chain could be a fetching target, but a deal would be costly.

The company opted against further investment, but its ownership of Arby's has still paid off, says RB's The Bottom Line.

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