franchising

Financing

Greg Flynn expands his Applebee’s empire

Flynn, already the world’s largest franchisee of the casual-dining chain, is acquiring 26 restaurants from an existing franchisee and is making plans to open 25 new locations by 2031.

Operations

Chipotle's first international franchised location officially opens in Kuwait

Franchisee Alshaya Group plans to open four Chipotle units in the Middle East this year.

The $220 million all-stock deal would get Fridays’ owner TriArtisan out of its decade-long investment and give the struggling chain a like-minded partner in franchisee Hostmore, experts say.

Fat Brands just announced a 40-year deal that will place its flagship burger brand into 40 Round Table Pizza locations. Here’s why the company is so big on the idea.

The Bottom Line: With word that the chain’s unit volumes took a nosedive last year, its future, and that of its operators, depends on what the brand does next.

Following a Senate vote to scuttle the new franchising standard, opponents are hoping to avert a presidential veto.

Average unit volume for the cookie chain declined 37% last year even as location count grew 41%. Per-store profits were cut by 58%.

The Bajco Group will open 50 restaurants in the Midwest, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Florida, as the pizza chain works to increase domestic development.

Jeff Galletly, who previously was a VP with Tim Hortons USA, takes on the rapidly growing digital brand as it wraps a fundraising round with "Shark Tank"-affiliated investors and prepares to go public in Canada.

The state, which has already told the company to stop selling franchises, is accusing the fast-casual chain of violating state franchise law.

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