April 21, 2021
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Franchise News
Focus Brands has hired Guillermo Cremer as chief people officer. The parent company of such brands as Schlotzsky's, Auntie Anne's, Carvel and Jamba has also promoted Joe Guith to category president for restaurant brands.
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Former Dunkin' Brands executive Jeremy Vitaro is now chief development officer at Little Caesars. Vitaro will oversee global growth as Little Caesars plans new locations in Florida, as well as the UK, Portugal and Russia.
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Best Practices and Business Leadership
Streamlined service, proper equipment, beauty and comfort are keys to outdoor restaurant service, operators say. "Effective training is key here, and having a team who can safely deliver these experiences is vital," says Chris Saenz, general manager of a Seattle restaurant.
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How Inspire Brands acquired Dunkin' amid the pandemic
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Digital infrastructure and supply chain capabilities bolstered Inspire Brands through 2020, when it acquired Dunkin' amid the COVID-19 crisis, say CEO Paul Brown and Navin Sharma, chief commercial services officer. The company's experience during the pandemic "really validates that thesis of multi-branding," Brown says.
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The Top 10 Multi-Location Brands of 2020
The 2021 Localized Marketing Benchmark Report (LMBR) analyzed over 275 multi-location and franchise brands to understand the latest benchmarks for localized search and social performance. Learn who the top companies are and gain insight into how to improve your own localized marketing plans. Download the report
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Trend Watch
Nathan's Famous is planning to expand through a partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands, which operates multiple-brand pickup and delivery facilities. A large number of the units will be inside Walmart stores.
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An atomic-wing-eating competition between two CEOs has generated $20,000 for their chosen charities. When Wingstop's Charlie Morrison won, Tropical Smoothie Cafe's Charles Watson donated $10,000 to Cristo Rey Fort Worth College Prep in Texas, and Morrison matched it with $10,000 for Maine's Camp Sunshine.
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News from IFA
IFA's Legal Symposium offers solid content and continuing education credits in a virtual format this year, which means savings on ticket price, hotels and travel. Register now and join us May 4-6.
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Join Michael Joblove at the IFA Legal Symposium virtually May 4-6 to be a part of invigorating content and engaging discussions, and to meet worldwide franchise legal professionals.
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Policy and Finance Update
California's Right to Return law forces hotels, airport hospitality businesses, janitorial employers and event centers to offer jobs to the workers they laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic when they begin hiring. The law doesn't address stand-alone restaurants but does affect those connected to event centers, hotels and airports.
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A sample application and guide to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund are available on the program's website. The Small Business Administration advises restaurants be ready to apply as soon as the funding round begins.
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If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused.
Walter Mondale,
politician, lawyer, 42nd vice president of the United States
1928-2021
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