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Cloud-Based Payments Co. Gives Local Merchants A Leg Up

When even a payment-processing company admits that the idea of payment processing is a pain in the side of most local merchants, it’s hard to deny that credit card processing may need some changes. And Swipely is ready to make them.

The purpose behind the company, founder and CEO Angus Davis says, is to help local merchants find success by accepting payments, better understanding their customers, and growing their sales.

Fresh to Order to Expand in Nashville, Knoxville

Fresh To Order (f2o) announced its growth in Tennessee with territory launches in Knoxville and Nashville, as well as continued expansion in Chattanooga, where the chain operates one company-owned unit.  

Fresh To Order recently signed a development agreement for Knoxville with MRG Southeast LLC. Craig and Caterina Mason, co-owners of MRG, are experienced multiunit foodservice operators with real estate holdings in Knoxville. Frequent guests of f2o's Chattanooga location, they loved the food and saw the concept's growth potential.

Beyond The Tablet

In an age when, according to Pew Research Center, one in three Americans owns a tablet and most adults use the Internet on their cell phones, it’s no surprise that businesses of all shapes and sizes are bringing in technology to bolster sales.

Innovative technologies are nothing new at quick-service restaurant brands, with many concepts employing digital menuboards, kiosks, iPads at the table, and other ways of letting customers tap into technology while inside the four walls.

Atlanta Airport Gets a Lot Healthier with LottaFrutta Unit

Working with Concessions International (CI), Atlanta-based LottaFrutta opens its first airport location in Concourse B of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), making it one of the airport’s only Latina-owned restaurant vendors and its first franchised location.  

CI, which operates concessions throughout the airport and in eight airports across the U.S. and U.S. Virgin Islands, is working with the Atlanta airport officials to renovate the food court area of Concourse B.

2013 Best Franchise Deals

It’s back and bigger than ever. Now in its fourth year, our “Best Franchise Deals” report has become the can’t-miss list of top quick-service and fast-casual franchises, assessing factors such as investment-to-sales ratio, marketplace differentiation, corporate support to franchisees, and positive brand momentum.

Buying into Booze

Fast-casual restaurants were once able to claim premium food, modern décor, and all-around upscale service as hallmarks of their category. But with more quick-service chains retooling in those areas to compete for post-recession consumers, fast casuals have been left to search for new ways to differentiate their brands.

For many, that search has turned up something typically better suited to fine- and casual-dining joints: booze.

Concessions International Appoints New CEO

Concessions International (CI), a leading concessionaire with food and beverage outlets in major airports in the U.S. and Virgin Islands, announced the appointment of Donata Russell Major to the role of chief executive, effective immediately.

Major, who previously served as the company’s vice chairman and has been a principal factor in the company’s growth, has worked in a variety of jobs during her 28-year career at the Atlanta-based concessionaire.

Fresh To Order Unveils New Prototype at Latest Atlanta Unit

Fresh To Order, the pioneer of “fast fine,” a newly identified segment in foodservice, continues its growth surge with the opening of its seventh unit at the Emory Point Mixed-Use Development, located across from the Centers for Disease Control and nearby Emory University in Atlanta.

The new 2,800-square-foot restaurant, which features an additional 500-square-foot outdoor patio, will serve as the prototype for future units.

Fresh To Order Takes Florida by Storm

Like the groundbreaking Cheesecake Factory before it, Fresh To Order (F20) is breaking all the rules with its cutting-edge approach to a new segment that it continues to pioneer, “fast fine.”

The largely franchised F2O is gaining rapid traction as it grows outside its Atlanta base, most recently with its development agreement with Giriam Patel, an experienced restaurant operator who plans to open eight restaurants in the highly competitive Orlando, Florida, market, a new market for F20.

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