6 Tips for Better Store Financing

As president of National Restaurant Development Inc., a board member for the International Franchise Association, and owner of more than 50 quick-serve restaurants, Aziz Hashim is a veteran of the franchise business.

With brands like Popeyes, Checkers/Rally’s, Subway, and Moe’s Southwest Grill under his watch, Hashim has the know-how to obtain the finances needed for developing restaurants.

In today’s post-recession lending market, he explains the creative steps franchisees can take to get the funds they need for development.

Popeyes Turns Wicked This Summer

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises, spices up the month of June and brings back fan-coveted Wicked Chicken. For a limited time only, Popeyes lovers can once again indulge in the crazed Wicked Chicken with a buttermilk biscuit, ranch dipping sauce, and a mini bottle of TABASCO Pepper Sauce, all for only $3.99 May 30 through June 26.

Popeyes Wicked Chicken is thin strips of tender, juicy, all-white-meat chicken marinated with authentic Louisiana seasonings, hand-battered and breaded in the restaurants, served up crispy, twisty, and curly.

Popeyes Partners with ProStart Program

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen announced its philanthropic arm, The Popeyes Foundation, Inc., and its franchisees will partner with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) ProStart program. The two-year high school program unites industry and the classroom to introduce students nationwide to career opportunities available in the industry.

Leveraging Franchisee Diversity

Quick serves could be poised to step up their franchising efforts as soon as the credit market thaws and while available real estate remains cheap. Some experts say that minority-franchisee recruitment will be a particular area of focus, as franchisors pursue the value minorities bring to customer relations, new product innovation, and new markets.

Who’s Working in Your Kitchen?

Recent crackdowns signal to restaurant operators that the government is ready to end illegal hiring.

Recent government crackdowns on Chipotle and Pei Wei that forced both concepts to at least temporarily close locations have reminded restaurant operators that the government is taking illegal immigration very seriously.

The two incidents, in which illegal immigrants were found to be in each quick serve’s employ, came almost two years after the Obama administration decided to rein in the employers who hired illegal immigrants rather than go after the employees themselves, which had been the primary strategy up to that point.

Popeyes' Sailormen Has an Appetite--For a Cure

Sailormen Inc., Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s largest franchise in the U.S., continues to shine as champion for families living with progressive muscle diseases in Florida, Alabama, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Missouri. The company’s innovative “Appetite for a Cure’’ coupon book program in 143 restaurant locations raised a record $421,917 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the first quarter of 2011.

Supply Chain Strategy Saves Popeyes a Cool $16M

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen announced that it managed significant savings in its 2010 supply chain costs—a whopping $16 million in savings, in fact.

The company says the savings helped franchisees improve a full percentage point in restaurant operating profit margins before rent over 2009.

Alice LeBlanc, chief global supply chain officer for Popeyes, says the company managed the big savings because of the diligent time it spent with manufacturers and suppliers.

Popeyes Turns to Tampa for Growth Efforts

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises Inc., announced the launch of an aggressive growth plan to increase its presence in Tampa, Florida. With the company’s dollar share of chicken quick-serve sales at a 10-year high domestically, Popeyes is poised to rapidly expand domestically and is seeking passionate multiunit operators to invest in new restaurants in Tampa.

As part of the company’s 2011 growth plans, the Popeyes development team will be in Tampa to host a franchise seminar on April 12 to share the benefits of owning a Popeyes restaurant.

His Advice? Call Corporate Everyday

After 17 years on the corporate side of quick service, Rob Parsons stepped out of the suit, threw on a purple polo, and opened his first Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen unit in 2009. Having previously worked for the real-estate division of Popeyes and at Denny’s corporate, Parsons helped his first store hit $1 million in sales within just four months.

Tomorrow is Pay Day at Popeyes

Consumers asked and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen delivered as the brand is bringing back its popular “Pay Day” event, offering eight pieces of its Bonafide Chicken for $4.99. The one-day-only event takes place March 23 at participating Popeyes locations.

Guests will get more bang for their buck at this year’s Pay Day when they “Make it a Meal” by upsizing the offer to add one large side and four biscuits for an additional $5.