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No, owning a franchise is not a ‘low-risk’ business

The Bottom Line: It’s worth reminding that franchise ownership is no less risky than operating an independent business, and here’s why.


TGI Fridays plans major expansion in Asia

The casual-dining chain will open 75 restaurants in South and Southeast Asia over the next 10 years under what it said was its largest development agreement ever.

The virtual brand is apparently exploring franchising after more than 10,000 people showed up to a grand opening at a New Jersey mall this month.

The Bottom Line: Lost amid the burger chain’s $400 million investment is a shift in its incentive structure it believes could improve the frequency and quality of remodels.

Punch Bowl Social founder Robert Thompson jumps into this increasingly crowded niche with the new Camp Pickle concept to debut next year.

The sandwich chain’s owners face the ultimate challenge: Revitalizing a brand after a decade-long freefall. They are trying almost everything to bring it back to life.

A coalition of Fast Act opponents has filed paperwork that would let voters decide if the law should take effect.

A Deeper Dive: Mark Lohmann, president of the chain’s parent company Rego Restaurant Group, joins the podcast to talk about the brand’s comeback efforts, including French fries.

It’s no secret that the chicken segment is hot right now and has been for the past two years. As a restaurant operator, this is the time to think about whether what is being offered on the menu is unique enough to stand out amongst the competition.

The breakfast-and-lunch chain has a 30-unit development deal in Texas, its biggest yet. It signals a shift in strategy for the fast-growing brand.

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