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The 100 Biggest Stories of 2011
The top headlines, trends, and buy-outs in the restaurant industry this year.
Expert Tips on Co-Branding
A Nestlé Toll House and Häagen-Dazs operator encourages franchisees to cobrand their units, but with a few essential tips.
The Hunger Games
With a little groundwork, quick serves can boost business by feeding minor-league and collegiate sports teams.
A Sonic Rebound
After decades of growth, the recession halted No. 10 Sonic’s long-lasting positive vibes. Today, CEO Clifford Hudson says momentum is back on the drive-in chain’s side.
SBA Loans to the Rescue?
Small Business Administration loans can help quick-serve operators get the financing they need to open a new store, but the process isn’t easy.
Succeeding in a Vanishing Market
On paper, the state of West Virginia does not look like a must-have quick-serve market. But a distinct personality gives operators there reason to be optimistic.
Combating the Seasonal Swing
Quick-serve operations in tourist-driven markets must be creative to stay profitable.
A New Kind of Mom and Pop
Family operated quick-serve businesses could be just the thing to help the industry move past the recession. But such businesses aren’t always a walk in the park.
Why You're Responsible for Growing the Brand
The CEO is responsible for the health of his brand and steering it toward growth.
Churches, Rec Centers Could Be Next Hot Market
Nonprofit organizations can bring strong assets, management, and leadership to a franchising relationship.
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