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Chains see development opportunities in wake of pandemic

New franchise agreements and attractive real estate deals are spurring expansion.


Pizza Hut’s parent company unlikely to buy out NPC International

Yum Brands executives commit to the “asset-light” model as they push for a resolution involving the big operator, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company is working with operators to close low-volume and low-profit restaurants, including 800 in the U.S.

American Blue Ribbon Holdings, which declared bankruptcy in January, is selling the restaurants in a pair of deals, citing “liquidity constraints.”

RB’s The Bottom Line examines the benefits and drawbacks of getting into the hottest chicken concept in the country.

The big Pizza Hut and Wendy’s operator had too much debt. But its capital structure was far from unique, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The family chain is forgoing some royalty fees and helping on rent rollbacks to help operators get back on their feet.

Operators have started filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission as their dispute with the franchisor intensifies.

Most franchisors receive such funds to run their supply chains, but franchisees often push back as their prices increase.

Subway franchisees are pushing back against a Footlong sub promotion, much like Burger King operators fought a $1 Double Cheeseburger, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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