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Focus Brands names Brian Krause chief development officer

He replaces Tim Muir, who was named chief sales officer at the parent company of Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon.


Focus Brands CEO Jim Holthouser gets a tough introduction to restaurants

The former Hilton executive, who took the job two weeks before the pandemic hit, leans on his hotel experience, and sees parallels between the two industries.

Focus Brands, which also owns Jamba, McAlister’s Deli and several other brands, is offering relief pay and deferring or waiving franchisees’ fees.

The operator of Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon and other concepts named the former Hilton executive to replace the retiring Steve DeSutter.

Get Top 500 data: sales, units and YOY change, average unit volume, and company/franchise units, as well as Technomic’s analysis, growth forecast and more.

With so many restaurants offering delivery, how does a brand stand out? Here are three newly announced attempts.

Cinnabon, a bakery chain with a number of non-traditional locations, will offer nurses a free cinnamon roll during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

The company, now one of the industry’s largest franchisors, is adding a level of group presidents with multichain responsibilities.

Customers share which brands have the menu items they most crave and can’t get anywhere else.

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