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Duck Donuts is sold to private equity firm NewSpring Capital

Betsy Hamm was named the fast-growing chain’s CEO as company founder Russ DiGilio


Senator: Weak regulations leave franchisees out in the cold

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto calls for tougher oversight of franchises, citing problems at numerous companies including Burgerim, Subway and Quiznos.

Black Box, Facteus both say sales continue to best 2019 levels as consumers continue spending stimulus checks at restaurants.

The resource answers questions about who is eligible, minimum and maximum grant amounts and more.

Sales plunged by more than a quarter and more than 5% of casual dining chains' units were shuttered as the pandemic put restrictions on dine-in service. Olive Garden is now the sector's biggest chain.

Chipotle Mexican Grill's stock keeps surging. The fast casual, which reports its Q1 earnings next week, notched a record per share price Monday of more than $1,567.

Platinum Corral permanently closed 16 of its 28 units. It is the second large franchisee of the buffet chain to seek debt protection since the start of the pandemic.

Chains like McDonald’s and Subway are leaving Walmart locations while others, such as Dunkin’, opt to leave convenience stores as chains focus on drive-thru units, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Market shifts have helped both chains reverse earlier challenges, offsetting the Canadian company’s struggling mall and office concepts. They now need to keep their sales momentum.

Crowd Out Capital’s $32 million bid for the company has been approved as a dispute with another lender is ended, paving away for it to emerge from bankruptcy this month.

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