Marketing with grand openings is worth the time and effort when opening a store.
Roy Bergold: Tales from McDonald’s
Once upon a time, there was a used car lot with a tan building, some pavement, and a lot of fast, gray cars, as well as one Volkswagen with no engine and a sign that read, “Great mileage.” One warm day, lightning cracked in the West and pretty soon a storm hit. It hailed ball bearings for a full...
Restaurant operators should take stance against swipe fees with government help.
George Green: Fast-Casual Expert
Each of the last two years, I have been fortunate to take part in the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. The NRA provides briefings on top issues, and attendees hear from some great speakers. However, the most important work happens when the 500...
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By integrating social media with traditional marketing, brands can engage fans.
Outside Insights
The 30-second TV spot has been a staple of food-industry advertisers for decades, but its time is running short. And quick serves need to switch up the marketing menu—before it’s too late. Why? The average TV advertisement, which is made up of 23 seconds of brand message and about seven of value...
Zpizza's Mexican Pizza
Industry News
With Cinco de Mayo approaching, Zpizza is getting ready to show customers that it’s not just a pizza chain—it’s a pizza chain with Latin flair. “What’s interesting about Zpizza is, surprisingly enough, Zpizza was born out of an idea that originated as a Mexican restaurant,” says Brandi Babb, vice...
The NRA Show in Chicago is the industry's biggest annual event.
Industry News
Come May 21–24, you'll be joining industry professionals from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, testing products from more than 1,800 exhibitors, and discovering everything you could possibly need to know at more than 70 free education sessions. The best part? The National Restaurant...
Conflict Kitchen used Kickstarter to partially fund its business.
Industry News
Thanks to the rising influence of the Internet, quick-service operators have another avenue to explore when it comes to financing their concepts. Crowdfunding is an emerging financing option driven by several Web-based platforms including Kiva, Kickstarter, and ProFounder, that collects small...
Former NFL linebacker Angelo Crowell and his wife own three Jersey Mike's units.
Industry News
Angelo Crowell is a big man. At 6 feet 1 inch tall and about 250 pounds, you might take the broad-shouldered 29-year-old for a football player. You probably wouldn’t pin him as the perfect restaurant franchisee. With the first presumption, you’d be right. Crowell played linebacker in the NFL for...
Protesters in favor of employee unions picket a Jimmy John's in Minneapolis.
In the Store
Jimmy John’s boasts more than 1,000 stores nationwide, claiming an army of sandwich makers and delivery drivers that matches that of most of America’s quick-service companies. Last fall, however, overwhelming attention zeroed in on just 10 units in the Minneapolis area. On October 22, the National...
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Quick service restaurant executives run charity effort to raise funds for cancer research.
A Personal Connection
When Lori Newcomb found out she had stage III ovarian cancer last year, she made it her mission to learn more about the disease and help other women fighting the same battle. She sat down with her husband, Chris Newcomb, cofounder and CEO of Southern quick-service chain Newk’s Eatery, and together...
Quick service brands create executive succession strategies to ease transition.
Navigating Corporate Succession
The chief executive officer is often the face of a brand. And when the time comes for a new leader to assume the role, experts say, an efficient succession plan can help establish a smooth transition and reassure employees that all is well with the brand. In its first-ever succession, Elevation...
10 Challenges for Fast-Casual Leaders
While the fast-casual category continues to be the fastest-growing industry sector, the road in 2015 will be bumpy. We will see constant change and challenges around every corner. For industry leaders, there are issues that will keep even the most seasoned executive awake at night.  Here is my top...
The One-Stop Shop
Convenience stores are increasingly taking a larger slice out of the quick-serve pie with fresh food offerings. It’s become such a lucrative business for C-stores that Sheetz, the Pennsylvania-based C-store chain that this week opened its 500th location, is planning stores designed more as fast...
More Wall Street investors look to buy stock in fast casual and quick service concepts.
The Push for Public
When fast-casual chain Zoës Kitchen Inc. debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last April, the Plano, Texas–based Mediterranean-style eatery recorded its initial public offering at $87.5 million. Satisfying an investor appetite for investments within the trendy fast-casual space, Zoës’ strong...
Fast food kitchens must protect restaurants against food borne illness.
How to Improve Your Food Safety
Stories surrounding food-borne illness outbreaks in national quick-service restaurant chains have become very common, with many national brands having suffered at least one major food-borne illness outbreak. Whether the cause of the outbreak is due to contaminated food or unclean surfaces, food...