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CEO Nolan Is Smashburger’s Latest Casualty

The Smashburger franchised hamburger chain has appointed its chief brand officer Thomas Ryan as its new CEO and president, following former CEO Michael Nolan's abrupt departure Tuesday.

As Smashburger CEO Crane Leaves, Long Live Chief Nolan

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Smashburger new CEO Michael Nolan

DENVER—In an email on Friday to employees and franchisees, Smashburger announced that its CEO, Scott Crane, was immediately leaving the company. Three working days later, yesterday, the franchisor of better burger restaurants announced it had appointed a replacement – industry veteran Michael Nolan.

Shuttered Quiznos Highlights Franchise Failure Problem

Another Quiznos franchisee is closing shop, accusing the sandwich chain of “leaving me out to dry.”

California Quiznos Franchisee Shot Dead

A Southern California Quiznos franchise owner, Pravin Patel, was killed during the course of a robbery at his San Dimas store.

New Quiznos CEO Outlines Plans to Resuscitate Chain

Doug Pendergast joined recently bankrupt Quiznos in January as its new president and CEO. He says he wants to build trust with its battered and bruised franchisees.

Franchisee Community Speaks out on Quiznos’ New Path

DENVER – As Quiznos addressed the company's franchise community on January 12, expressing the organization's commitment to supporting franchisees and turning around the brand, some store owners are questioning its strategy. Others are applauding it.

Quiznos Franchisee Group Expresses Optimism after Bankruptcy

DENVER – The Quiznos Franchisee Association (QZFA), which commenced as a result of the 2010 settlement of four franchisee class action lawsuits, are today expressing their optimism on how the franchisor is moving forward after Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Quiznos Takes on New Advertising Strategy

Since coming out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy last July, Quiznos has made the decision to go digital with its advertising.

Worst Franchises with the Highest Loan Defaults, 2013

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Ten franchisors have left taxpayers on the hook for 21 percent of all franchise loan charge-offs for the Small Business Administration.

Could Franchisees Be Toasted by Quiznos Bankruptcy?

When Quiznos filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in March, there wasn't a lot of reaction from the public.