2017 National Conference: Franchisees Consider How to Measure Success

Sure, the franchise world is tough, but measuring success isn’t all that complicated, according to Don Fox, chief executive of Firehouse Subs. “Growth is not an option,” Fox told Dunkin’s franchise owners gathered at the DDIFO National Conference, held this year at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Oct. 30-31. “In business as in most things in…

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Miscellaneous

In the face of serious labor shortages affecting many industries, but especially fast food establishments, the economy added 261,000 jobs in October, a good number, but still less than the 310,000 projected for the month. There was much chatter last week about JAB Holdings again looking at buying Dunkin Brands, but that chatter died down…

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Miscellaneous

McDonalds reported strong sales worldwide but missed earnings by one cent this week. In their earning report call earlier this week, the Golden Arches reported US Same Store Sales were up 4.1%, a full half point above projections. They also announced they are rolling out a national $1/2/3 platform soon, a platform they hope will…

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DDIFO National Conference

We’re just 5 weeks away now from the DDIFO National Conference at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and you’re going to want to register soon. The DDIFO Room Block with rooms in the Pequot Tower available for $129 single or double occupancy is filling up fast and will close on October 9.…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Our restaurant analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group advised us of the following this week: Dunkin store valuations surveyed declined just a bit in the first half of 2017 versus the 2015 peak recorded, but remain at very healthy levels historically, in the 5 to 6 times EBITDA range when stated on a…

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Franchisee Independence is No Bull

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that age-old adage has again been proven true by the “Fearless Girl” statue now perched in seeming defiance of Wall Street’s famous “Charging Bull” statue. For those of you who might not have seen the latest, allow us to catch you up. On March 8,…

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Independent Joe #43 April/May 2017

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that age-old adage has again been proven true by the “Fearless Girl” statue now perched in seeming defiance of Wall Street’s famous “Charging Bull” statue. For those of you who might not have seen the latest, allow us to catch you up.

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ Brands unveiled disappointing Q1 earnings on its earnings call Thursday as same store sales in Dunkin’ were flat with ticket +3 and transactions -3. Still, they beat estimates by $.06 EPS, and exhibited a solid management tone on the call with the stock closing up 44 cents for the day. Several interesting takeaways include…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

DDIFO is looking forward to hosting its annual Northeast Regional Member Meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 12 Noon to 3:30 PM at the Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.  The program, “A New Direction: The Outlook on Trump, the Market & Dunkin’ Brands”, will feature small business expert, author, columnist and…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ yesterday reported earnings ahead of expectations by $.01 per share at $.01 and revenues $1 million beyond expectations for the 4th quarter. Most restaurant stocks were up on Thursday, but Dunkin’ stock was up $2 or 4% and analyst sentiment was muted. DBI reported Dunkin’ US same store Q4 results of plus 1.9%, comprised…

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