Franchisors invited to meet with potential investors at Chicago event

Qualified franchise brands seeking to fuel their next level of growth have an opportunity to meet potential investors at the third annual Franchise Capital Exchange, to be held Aug. 25-27 at Hotel Sofitel in Chicago. A limited number of slots...

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Pizza Hut hopes to surpass competition in digital space in 2015

Yum! execs called the U.S. performance 'disappointing' and said the brand is in turnaround mode.

Papa John’s franchisee: Trying to be everything to everyone is a bad strategy

Pierre Panos expects a ‘shakeout’ in the fast casual pizza subsegment.

Rethinking an IPO in a seller’s market

Going public means being prepared for much greater transparency and accountability in business operations.

The (half) year in review for the pizza segment

Digital ordering should make up more than half of sales for the bigger brands within the next year.

How Pie Five expanded using local marketing strategies

The brand examines sales and coupons to find out what works, and also leverages word-of-mouth messaging from loyal customers.

A look at Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza

Blaze Pizza opened this week in Louisville, Ky., and hopes to be a national contender in the top-your-own pizza segment by appealing to Millennials and busy lunch patrons.

Blaze Pizza plans to become a national player by targeting Millennials

The new Louisville, Ky., location will be ‘overstaffed’ to ensure guests are taken care of ‘no matter what.’

Patxi's takes a cue from customers to mark 10 years

Pizza concepts have added variety and have stepped up their quality of ingredients, CEO says.

Domino's digital sales flirt with 50 percent

Unlike other concepts, weather positively influenced the chain's business during Q1.

Fast casual heats up restaurant industry with 11 percent growth

More QSRs and full-service restaurants are expected to realign their formats to compete more aggressively.

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NEWS


Uncle Maddio’s signs deal to develop in NC’s Triad market

Made to Order LLC has signed a deal to open three Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint locations in the Triad area of North Carolina. The restaurants will be operated by industry veteran and Made to Order part-owner Bronce McClain, with the...

Pizza Hut franchisee selects recycling management company

Quest Resource Management Group LLC has been selected by Pizza Hut’s largest franchisee, NPC International Inc., to manage its landfill diversion and municipal solid waste management programs. According to a news release, NPC International currently operates 1,261 Pizza Hut restaurants,...

Restaurant recruiting firm launches regional development franchising program

Patrice & Associates, a nationwide recruiting firm specializing in the restaurant industry, has introduced a regional development franchising program. According to a news release, as part of the new program, regional developers will acquire the rights to develop 25 Patrice & Associates franchises within a specified territory.

PizzaRev celebrates Utah openings

Away We Dough Inc. has hosted a grand opening celebration for Utah’s first PizzaRev location in West Valley.

Hungry Howie's continues Michigan expansion

Hungry Howie’s Pizza has opened its newest location in Monroe, Mich., continuing its expansion across its home state. According to a news release, the Monroe location will be husband and wife duo Patrick and Carole Shannon’s third Hungry Howie’s Pizza...

Villa Enterprises opens Food Hall by Villa at shopping outlet

Six of Villa Enterprises’ brands are now open at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Virginia, as part of the Food Hall by Villa. The concepts include Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf’s, Bananas, South Philly Steaks & Fries, Far East...

Pie Five Pizza plans debut in the Deep South

Pie Five Pizza Co. has awarded 26 franchise units to Quality Restaurant Concepts LLC, headed by restaurateurs Fred Gustin and Kurt Guttshall.

New S.C. Mellow Mushroom boasts sci-fi theme

Mellow Mushroom will open its newest unit July 21 in Rock Hill, S.C., across from the Regal Manchester Cinema in Manchester Village. The new restaurant is owned by Chuck Watson, Brian Johnsey and Charles Ryan. "Rock Hill has a great mixture of growth and well preserved history," Watson said in a news release.

New RapiDough Pizza concept allows guests to order via iPad kiosks

The RapiDOUGH Pizza concept has opened in Providence Town Center in Collegeville, Pa., featuring pizzas, calzones and salads. The offerings are made with locally-sourced ingredients and house-made cheeses, according to a news release. RapiDOUGH Pizza was created by restaurateurs and...

Multiunit franchisee growth outpacing restaurant industry growth

According to new data from the Restaurant Finance Monitor’s annual "Monitor 200" ranking, the 200 largest restaurant franchisees in the country saw their total revenues grow by 9 percent in 2013. This growth "easily" outpaced the overall restaurant industry’s growth,...

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza plans Dallas presence

Kansas City, Mo.-based Spin! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open three company-owned locations in the Dallas area -- its first company-owned restaurants outside its home market -- between November 2014 and May 2015. According to a news release, the concept will...

New agreement pushes Pie Five’s franchise deals beyond 200 units

Pie Five Pizza Co. announced a new franchise agreement for eight units with Lubbock, Texas, native Nathan K.

Pie Five Pizza signs 18-unit deal for Florida market

Pie Five Pizza has awarded 18 franchise units to retired Cleveland Indian Matt LaPorta to bring the brand throughout the Tampa, Fla., area beginning in early 2015. LaPorta, who is also a former University of Florida baseball player, will be...

Uncle Maddio’s extends Alabama presence

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint will open its 23rd unit this week, located in Daphne, Ala. The new unit marks the fourth of 24 total units the brand plans to open this year, according to a news release. To mark the grand opening, Uncle Maddio’s will give away free, 9-inch, three-topping pizzas to customers in line beginning at 11 a.m.

Blaze Pizza ready for New York debut

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza will open its first New York location in West Babylon on July 17. To celebrate the grand opening, the new location will offer free build-your-own artisanal pizzas from 11 a.m.

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