Is 5 the New 1?

The dollar value menu disappeared long ago from high-cost urban areas, but the new $5 menu may have some staying power. Even in notoriously expensive Manhattan, a recent trip down 23rd Street showed a Subway, a Quizno’s, and a Boston Market offering $5 meal options.

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Survey Says, Management Training is a Priority

Training and developing staff remains an important priority for employers, despite the economic downturn; but budgets are being squeezed and prioritization of management and leadership development is the order of the day, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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McDonald’s McCafe Line Exceeding Expectations

McDonald’s highly publicized rollout of its McCafe specialty coffee line is more than halfway to completion and winning over coffee lovers along the way. More than 7,000 — or a little more than half — of U.S. stores now sell the espresso-based drinks, and the chain expects to meet its mid-2009 deadline, said Danya Proud, spokeswoman for the company.

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Specter Will Vote To Block Union Bill

Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), the only Republican senator who did not actively oppose the Employee Free Choice Act in the previous Congress, said yesterday that he will vote to block it this year, dealing a blow to the pro-labor legislation.

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Franchising takes hit as personal wealth, credit dip

During previous recessions franchising had served as a bastion for laid-off workers seeking employment. But the lack of available credit today has made the franchise business — which requires a large outlay of cash to get started and maintain operations — a particularly tough prospect.

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Tim Horton’s Struggles for Growth in U.S.

Emily Bryson York writes an interesting article in Advertising Age asking the question: “Just how important is it to be first?” Ask Tim Horton’s, the self-described McDonald’s of Canada, which is struggling for a foothold in the U.S. market.

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