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So what is a Grocerant? Why are they stealing Restaurant Market Share?

Foodservice Solutions®  Grocerant Guru says this "Grocerant means any retail food item that is 

How Do Franchisees Feel about Chrysler’s Buyout by Italy’s Fiat?

Chrysler DeSoto hood ornament
Chrysler dealership sign in a small town. photo/bmm

Attending this weekend's National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans, American dealers seemed revved up about their franchisor Chrysler becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Italy's Fiat SpA.

NRF Big Show Shows Retail Execution

Prior to the NRF Big Show last week, I put out a newsletter article where I said I would be looking for examples of retail execution at the show. Between speaking, scheduled meetings, and the attempt at happy coincidences from wandering around, I had some luck in this area. In general, here are the themes I saw:

Snowstorm on the Seaboard

Brooklyn on Tuesday
Photo: Brooklyn, New York by RomanKPhotography on Jan. 21, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Restaurants, hotels and stores are expected to be impacted by Tuesday and Wednesday’s snowstorms that are hitting areas from Louisville, Kentucky to Boston, Massachusetts.

Chain Stores See 3.3% Growth in 2013, Holiday Shopping Good Too

Holiday ShoppingNEW YORK – For the calendar year of 2013, chain store sales in the United States grew by 3.3%.

For Whom the Legislation Bell Tolls


ROCHESTER — For the past few years there have been new efforts on the part of franchisees and their associations to pass fair franchising laws in various states.

IslandTime Treasures Announces New Franchise Financing Program

We’ll Finance Your New IslandTime Treasures Business!

With a down-payment of $3,500 – you can now purchase your very own IslandTime Treasures franchise!

Last Minute Shopping Gives Weekly Sales Gain

Inside a mall in the Midwest
photo by bmm

NEW YORK – Consumers waited until the last minute to shop for their holiday gifts.

Ace Hardware Same Store Sales Up 6.9 Percent in Q3

Ace Hardware and Christmas ornaments
Ace helpful hardware man Lou Manfredini & Christmas ornaments/Ace

OAK BROOK, Ill.—Ace Hardware Corporation, a cooperative firm owned by thousands of hardware store franchisees, reported its third quarter and year to date financial results to its hardware store owners last month.

RadioShack’s Last Financing Lifeline?

RadioShack sign. photo by blue maumau
photo by bmm

With Wall Street watchers wondering if its in a death spiral, RadioShack announced on Tuesday that it has received $835 million in financing, thanks to the money bags of GE Capital.