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Qdoba

Leadership

The synergist: Steve DeSutter

Franchisees are known to worry when their franchisor has multiple and potentially competitive brands in its fold. How do they know the secrets and strengths of their chain won’t be shared with a sister operation, undercutting the distinction of where they’ve plunked considerable money?

The big business of franchising

Top franchise companies are driving growth, finds researcher Technomic's Top 400 Franchise Report. The 200 largest franchisees grew sales 8.2 percent in 2014, 2.5 times the rate of the Top 500 chains. Unit growth among these companies, too, was three times higher than their franchisors.

One-third of guests who ordered a breakfast item outside of the traditional morning daypart had not visited a McDonald’s at all prior to October.

McDonald's isn't the only chain relocating its home base. Several restaurant concepts announced in recent months that their HQs will soon have a new locale.

Operators are looking to cash in on the chatter surrounding this year’s presidential race.

The Mexican category overall saw sales increase by 0.9% to $18 billion and units by 4.1%, to 12,656.

Click through to see the list of consumers’ most-craved restaurant tacos, from Mexican joints to burger chains.

The private-equity firm that owns Chuck E. Cheese's is cited as a contender.

The sale came with activists circling, but forced deals aren’t always the best option.

Inspire Brands continues to lay its infrastructure with the recruitment of former Qdoba President Tim Casey.

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