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.

United Capital Lends Almost $800K to Subway Franchisee

United Capital Business Lending, a subsidiary of BankUnited, announced that it has provided $783,000 in financing to multi-unit Subway owner, Bermudez Shorts. United Capital’s financing arrangement enabled Bermudez Shorts to refinance the remaining balance of seller notes from its original acquisition of four Subway restaurants located in New Mexico.

Nothing to Sneeze At

Allergy awareness is growing among the public—and in the quick-serve industry.

With Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 8–14, upon the foodservice world, quick-serve operators and others are continuing to ramp up their efforts in helping customers with allergy afflictions know exactly what is in their food.

More Sodium Reductions to Come at Subway?

The corporate dietitian for Subway says the sodium reductions across the sandwich chain’s menu took years to accomplish, but that the company isn’t done lowering sodium levels just yet.

Subway announced last week that it had reduced sodium by 28 percent in its Fresh Fit sandwich choices, and by 15 percent across the board. Lanette Kovachi, who helped spearhead the sodium reductions for Subway, says more sodium reductions should be announced in the next year.

Salt for Subway? Cut It Out


Subway restaurants, the world’s largest restaurant chain, announced a 28 percent reduction of sodium in Subway Fresh Fit sandwich choices. In addition to the sodium reductions on the Subway Fresh Fit menu, the brand has removed 15 percent of sodium across the board in its core sandwiches to provide customers more nutritious options and help lower sodium intake on a national scale.

The reduced sodium offerings will eliminate 450 tons of sodium each year compared to sodium levels three years ago.

Health at the Heart of New Subway Sponsorship

Subway, the world’s largest restaurant chain, announced its sponsorship of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) CardioSmart National Care Initiative, which promotes awareness and heart healthiness. The sponsorship is exclusive to Subway among quick-service restaurants.

As part of the relationship with the ACC, Subway restaurants will support the CardioSmart National Care Initiative, a patient-centered campaign to engage people to play an active role in their own heart health and empower them to make better lifestyle choices.

How to Spot a Good (& Bad) Brand Extension

What do Bic underwear, Harley-Davidson wine coolers, and Jamba Juice soup have in common? They’re all ways companies have tried to extend their brands—and they all failed.

It shouldn’t have been a surprise that the rough and manly image of the Harley brand wouldn’t fit with the light and girly product attributes of a wine cooler, but the fates of other brand extensions are harder to predict.

Social Media Users Love Subway the Most

Subway is the most loved fast food chain in the U.S. according to Amplicate, an online-opinion collating resource that accounts for more than 78 million public opinions of social media users.

With a positive rating of 76 percent as expressed on Twitter, Facebook, and Amplicate, more than 6,100 positive opinions were made about the restaurant over the past 3 months.