Franchisees Feeling the Squeeze of Value Menus

Franchisees Feeling the Squeeze of Value Menus

In a world where a lot of major expenses like housing,  medical, and education are growing at a much faster rate than typical inflation, it’s no surprise to learn that consumers are increasingly gravitating towards eating out less and using value menus when they do. It’s also no surprise that franchisors are pushing those value menus more than ever, in an effort to keep the sales numbers up and the juicy royalties flowing.  Unfortunately, that means a lot of franchisees…

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Big Chains Out, Small Franchises In

Big Chains Out, Small Franchises In

One only needs to look at the recent United Airlines controversy (or worse, the Shea Moisture blowback) to see how quickly social media can drag down a large brand when something goes wrong. Even though we’re living in a time where major corporations thrive, there’s something to be said for the smaller ones – especially if you’re about to invest your life savings. When you invest in a large chain, it only takes one bad incident at another location to…

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Steak N Shake Restaurant Franchise Introduces Vegan & Vegetarian Options

Steak N Shake Restaurant Franchise Introduces Vegan & Vegetarian Options

In spite of the fact that it has “Steak” in the name, the Steak N Shake restaurant franchise has increasingly been adding in options for their vegan and vegetarian patrons. What can you eat if you’re vegan? Veggie Melt without cheese Breads: Sourdough, rye, knotted buns, mini kaiser rolls Sauces and dressings: salsa, ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, A1 Steak Sauce, buffalo sauce Sides: Vegetable soup, guacamole, french fries, mandarin oranges, apples, garden salad, corn, black beans, tomato, lettuce, onions, pickles,…

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Find Your Niche with Gluten Free Offerings

Find Your Niche with Gluten Free Offerings

“Oh, another pizza place?” When looking for your perfect fit in a pizza franchise, it is this statement you must avoid!  If your target market sees you as nothing more than one more pizza place in town, failure may be inevitable.  So what do you do to avoid this?  Find the Pizza Franchise that best fits you and your market, by knowing the newest trends in the market that a high amount of your customers may be looking for!  In…

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Grocerant… What’s That?

Grocerant… What’s That?

Restaurant examples are McDonalds, Pret A Manger Burger King, Pizza Hut, Papa Murphy’s and Starbucks, each having a fresh Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food. In the Casual Dining sector Maggiano’s Little Italy offers a buy one take a 2nd home for free in their Classic Pastas menu section, Olive Garden, Chili’s, Boston Market and Denny’s.  That is to name but a few. Drug Store examples Walgreens as a food destination yet Walgreens sells fresh soft-serve yogurt, coffee, sandwiches, salads  and sushi at selected…

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The Healthier Franchise Option, Frozen Yogurt

The Healthier Franchise Option, Frozen Yogurt

While thinking of which way to go when considering opening a franchise, don’t forget to look at those with healthier options.  Healthier franchises are the wave of the future.  People are making better choices for their own health, turning away from the greasy cheese burgers to lower fat options and fresh fruit. What better way to fit into this healthier eating trend than opening a Frozen Yogurt franchise?  Cool, tasty,full of probiotics, and better for the body than most other…

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What’s the Role of Online Video for Franchisees?

What’s the Role of Online Video for Franchisees?

Online video can be a great way to enhance the web presence of your franchise location, though it isn’t right for every kind of franchise. If you own a Subway franchise in a busy office park, you’re going to have a steady lunch crowd as long as your location provides the basics – speed, cleanliness, and good service. On the other hand, if you own a gym franchise in a large city or suburb, for example, online video can give…

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Unhealthy Sales for Unhealthy Food

Unhealthy Sales for Unhealthy Food

For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard people say, “Man, I wish I could have gotten in on a McDonald’s franchise.” In most places, it’s been pretty much impossible to open a new one since all the good spots have been taken for a long time now – and the best locations don’t come up for sale every day. These days, though, I’m guessing you hear a lot less about people wishing they could have gotten in early…

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Green Franchising: It’s Not Always What You Think

Green Franchising: It’s Not Always What You Think

If being green and reducing your carbon footprint is important to you, there’s more than one way to incorporate that into your desire to own a franchise business. For some, it will be a direct and obvious approach, perhaps providing a green alternative to a common product or service. For others, it will be more subtle. If you’re interested in owning a business but you want to make sure you incorporate your earth-friendly beliefs, considering the possibilities below. Provide a traditional…

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Specialization in Crowded Markets

Specialization in Crowded Markets

There are times when a certain market just feels right for you, but at the same time you realize your local market may not have room for yet another similar business. It’s happening frequently in the frozen yogurt world, especially in places like Southern California or New York City where you can hardly walk 2 blocks without seeing another froyo shop. As a result, many frozen yogurt companies have begun to innovate more with flavors and toppings, or even add…

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