HMSHost adds two execs to support development efforts

HMSHost has appointed Stephanie Havard as EVP of Restaurant Development, overseeing strategic investment, concept development and design and construction; and Derryl Benton has been named as EVP of Business Development, overseeing and extending industry contracts. Both roles will report to...

FEATURES


Taking the ambiguity out of local marketing strategies

HuHot's VP of Marketing shares how to get franchisees to weigh in on marketing decisions, and how to blend corporate standards with local store marketing techniques.

Pizza Hut's digital sales mix up 5 percent in the last quarter

As the brand continues its turnaround strategy, it will launch a new advertising position in Q4 aimed at millennials.

Toppers Pizza's remodeling, digital efforts help brand stay relevant in 'fast casual environment'

The company expects its mobile site to launch by the end of this year and is investing 'seven figures' into additional digital initiatives.

Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Pizza concepts capitalizing on by-the-slice demand, economics

Pizza Hut is aiming to have 15 to 20 Slice Bars open in the US by the end of this year.

RedBrick Pizza plans resurgence under new ownership

The brand is aiming for 25 locations in the next year, including a debut in the Midwest and New York.

Uno Restaurants launch 'suburban' fast casual pizza concept

Uno fresco will leverage its brand equity to expand its footprint and harness customer loyalty.

McDonald's ruling holds franchisors accountable for franchise employee allegations

The National Restaurant Association claims the decision will impede job creation and create 'big business.'

Domino's digital volume keeping prices down

The volume growth from digital has offset increases in the price of cheese and pork.

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.

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NEWS


Pizza Ranch expands presence in Michigan

Pizza Ranch has announced plans to open in Kentwood, Michigan, this winter. "My wife grew up in Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University. A very close family friend is the owner of Sioux Falls South Dakota Pizza Ranch, and impressed us with his restaurant's focus on community outreach.

Int'l Franchise Association, Cyber Security Alliance caution franchisees about cybersecurity

International Franchise Association and the National Cyber Security Alliance will create materials to support a culture of cybersecurity.

Blaze Pizza plans entry into Florida

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced that it will soon be coming to Florida with plans to open eight locations in the state by the end of 2015. The concept is scheduled to open its first Florida location in Ft. Lauderdale's Uptown...

Franchise Rankings names 10 best franchises

Franchiserankings.com announced rankings for Best Overall Franchises and Best Food Franchises for October 2014..

Villa Italian Kitchen celebrates 50 years, opens in Mexico City

Morristown, New Jersey-based Villa Enterprises has opened its 12th Villa Italian Kitchen in Mexico, its first in Mexico City.

Pieology Pizzeria growing California footprint

Pieology Pizzeria announced it will open seven additional locations in Northern and Central California by the end of the year. In October, the company is celebrating grand openings in Gilroy, Fairfield, and Fresno, with locations to follow in Daly City,...

Pizza Port Brewing Company expands distribution to Vegas

For the first time, Pizza Port Brewing Company's signature craft beer will be distributed outside of Southern California, as Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada introduces it to the Las Vegas and Reno markets. Pizza Port Brewing Company will roll-out...

zpizza expands in Austin market

zpizza has opened a new location in the Austin, Texas, area of Round Rock, at 200 University Blvd. #350. A grand opening celebration will be held Oct.

Uncle Maddio's inks first deal in the Northeast

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint has awarded its first multiunit franchise agreement deal in the Northeast, with five units planned for Pittsburgh within the next five years. The agreement deal was signed with Pittsburgh residents Gino and Molli Torriero, along with...

Pizza Ranch adds to Michigan portfolio

Pizza Ranch has announced plans to open in Holland, Michigan, this winter. It will be the brand's third location in the state. According to a news release, site selection is currently underway, and a team of local entrepreneurs is at the helm of this development. "Holland residents have been hoping for a Pizza Ranch location for ages.

Blaze continues to spread through California, Chicago

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has announced several new locations slated for opening, including an expansion in Northern California. The concept will expand its footprint to seven locations in the greater San Francisco and Sacramento areas by late 2015. Blaze opened in...

Papa John’s franchisee sued for $2M by alleged wage theft

A five-unit Papa John’s franchisee has been sued by the New York State attorney general for $2 million. According to Reuters, the AG has accused the franchisee, New Majority Holdings LLG, and owner Ronald Johnson, of wage theft practices, claiming...

Chuck E. Cheese's acquires 147-unit Peter Piper Pizza

Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company CEC Entertainment Inc.

Project Pie heads to the United Kingdom

California-based Project Pie will add 60 locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland following a new master agreement with The Canavan Co. UK Ltd., in partnership with former Hakkasan CEO Niall Howard. According to a news release, the group will...

Boston Pizza unveils new urban store design in Vancouver

Boston Pizza International Inc. has opened its 61st location in British Columbia at 808 Beatty St.

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