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American Franchisees Honor Griswold Home Care

Griswold CEO presenting to AAFD
CEO Murphy speaks, back (l-r): Culp, vp of GHCFA; Purvin, chair of AAFD

Among the many American franchisors, Griswold Home Care, a 35-year-old chain of some 200 senior care locations, was recognized by the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) for having the best franchise contract, one that protects its franchise owners to a degree that stands out among all other franchisors.

Dwyer Buys Service Brands

Molly Maid
MollyMaid bought by Dwyer. Photo by Tommaync

WACO, Texas—Dwyer Group Inc. announced Monday that it has acquired Service Brands International for an undisclosed amount. With the acquisition, Dwyer Group, franchisor of eleven trade service chains, adds three more.

Arby’s CEO: 'You Can Customize Your Way to Being Healthy'

Arby's
Arby's Meat Mountain sandwich. Photo by JeepersMedia

Things have turned around for the Arby's sandwich chain. Now that it has separated from publicly traded Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN), private Arby's no longer has to disclose same-store sales figures or financials.

Jimmy John’s Up for Sale

Jimmy John's is considering the sale of its company. The sandwich shop chain that started franchising in 1993 was founded ten years earlier by a then nineteen-year old Jimmy John Liautaud, who is the brand's current chief executive officer.

Brix Holdings Acquires Smoothie Factory, RedBrick Pizza

Plans for an upgraded Smoothie Factory juice bar
Plans for an upgraded Smoothie Factory juice bar. Image/Brix

DALLAS –Red Mango has budded a new company bent on acquiring up restaurant franchisors. Today, the newly formed holding company and multi-brand franchisor investor, BRIX Holdings, announced the acquisition of franchising firms Smoothie Factory and RedBrick Pizza.

Centre Partners Buys Captain D’s

Captain D'sCaptain D's Seafood Restaurant chain has been sold to yet another private equity firm. This time it is Centre Partners.

Blackstone Explores Private Sale, IPO for La Quinta Hotels

Franchisor La Quinta up for saleAfter buying La Quinta in 2006 and growing through selling franchises, the Blackstone Group is readying La Quinta and its 800 hotels for a private sale or an initial public offering.

CKE Restaurants: Another Private Equity Firm Said to Be Circling

Reuters reports that CKE Restaurant's private equity (PE) firm owner, Apollo, is seeking buyers for the Carl's and Hardee's brands.

Pioneer Jason Dubinsky of Dunkin’ Passes

Jason (Jay) Dubinsky of Dunkin' Donuts
Jason (Jay) Dubsinsky, Sept 2012 at DDIFO meeting. photo/bmm

BOCA RATON, Fla.—With regret, this publication is late in reporting the passing this spring of one of the industry's pioneers, franchisee Jason (Jay) Dubinsky.

Supersizing Better Burger Chains Today

Wimpy eyes some hamburgers, actually someone at Halloween impersonates Wimpy
A Wimpy costume at Halloween. photo by atxryan

Like J. Wellington Wimpy of Popeye fame, franchisors will gladly pay investors Tuesday for better burgers today. Private equity firms are stumbling over themselves to pour money into better burger chains.