Independent Joe #68 June/July 2021

April 22, 2021 marked day four of Dealmakers Week, presented by Franchise Times. It was also the day the magazine announced its 2020 Deal of the Year. Not surprisingly, the award went to Inspire Brands for its $11.3 billion purchase of Dunkin’ Brands. On hand to receive the award was David Pipes, Inspire Brands chief…

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Inspire Seeks Multi-brand Franchisees to ‘Accelerate Growth’

April 22, 2021 marked day four of Dealmakers Week, presented by Franchise Times. It was also the day the magazine announced its 2020 Deal of the Year. Not surprisingly, the award went to Inspire Brands for its $11.3 billion purchase of Dunkin’ Brands. On hand to receive the award was David Pipes, Inspire Brands chief…

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1,000 & Counting: Dunkin’ Reaches Milepost in Next Gen Development

For Andy Awale, who opened his first Dunkin’ in Georgia in 2015 and now has 10 locations, the spotlight was shining down on his new restaurant in Woodstock. On March 24, 2021, the location at 8000 Alabama Road NE (in metro Atlanta) officially became the one thousandth Next Gen restaurant to open in the Dunkin’…

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A Dunkin’-Fueled American Dream

“I have a big, massive American flag in front of my house,” says franchisee Benny Omid proudly. “Every time I go by it I say, ‘I can’t believe I get to have an American flag flying in front of my house.’” Of course, the Stars and Stripes play a featured role in the summer landscape…

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Post-Pandemic Requirements for Buying and Selling Franchised Businesses

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the restaurant industry. By the beginning of Q4 2020, more than 1.4 million jobs in franchised businesses were lost and more than 32,000 franchised businesses had closed. Now, with states opening up and a gradual return to business as usual, we are cautiously approaching the light…

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Foresight, Hindsight and Yogi Berra

Thankfully the worst of the coronavirus pandemic – with its requisite business restrictions, lockdowns and mask mandates – appears to be contained to our rear view mirror. So, as we settle in to something that resembles ‘normal’, I thought this would be an opportune time for us to look at how franchisor/franchisee relationships are holding…

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Dunkin’ JOY Run Raises Funds and Creates Happier, Healthier Hearts

His friends thought he’d be too embarrassed, but Rob Wessel is up for anything that will help him do good and help others. That’s why they bet Wessel $100 he wouldn’t walk around his neighborhood in his Dunkin’ onesie—a white jumpsuit emblazoned all over with the iconic pink and orange Dunkin’ logo. “I said, ‘I…

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When Franchisees Revolt!

McDonald’s has been a model of consistency for most of its six decades of dominance in the quick-service restaurant world. Burgers, shakes and fries, prepared quickly – always tasting the way you expect, no matter where they are purchased – and at a price that’s easy to swallow. With the exception of its famous flops,…

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In a changing world, certain principles remain

When you stop and think about it, the amount of change we have endured over the last 15 months is astonishing. Without warning, virtually every aspect of our lives changed. But, at the same time, certain fundamental principles remained the same. Among those, that franchise owners have to protect themselves from uncertainty and unfair practices.…

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