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Franchisee fear, anger mount as McDonald's intensifies inspections

Operators say their profits are down, despite strong sales, due to soaring food costs and discounts on the mobile app. That, plus tough new standards and more frequent inspections, are contributing to an environment some call “toxic.”


Focus Brands tops $3.9B in systemwide sales

Fiscal 2022 was a good year for the multi-brand franchisor, which highlighted the "power of the portfolio" and plans to double down on co-branding.

The fast-food sandwich chain wants to add 24,000 international restaurants to catch up with other quick-service brands. But the company is also pushing big changes to grow its U.S. business.

A Deeper Dive: David Bloom, chief development officer for Capriotti’s and Wing Zone, discusses the chains’ recent combination, franchising and food costs.

Synergies with Mongolian Concepts are designed to make the economic model work for both new and existing franchisees.

The trade group, which has spent much of its time in recent years pushing back against regulations, is touring cities in the hope of building a better reputation for franchising.

For its second act, the casual-dining pioneer will revive many of its signature elements while adding some new tricks.

Another 75 units are planned next year, and the first class of Social Equity Franchisees prepares for ownership.

Parish Patel left in 2015 as the sandwich chain collapsed. His return is part of a hopeful new era for Quiznos.

The founding team retains a minority stake and will continue running the growing 48-unit gyro-and-souvlaki franchise concept.

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