Miscellaneous

We noted a number of surveys released over the past week that we thought you might have some interest in. First off, online used equipment dealer Bid-On-Equipment conducted a Google search study of the most popular fast food franchises to open across the country and released its results earlier this month. Based on Google search…

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Competitor News

Coming just a week plus after announcement of its Q4 earnings (Global SSS +3%, US +4%), Starbucks laid off as many as 350 corporate employees, approximately 5% of its total corporate workforce. The company’s progressive corporate reputation notwithstanding, one employee complained about the one hour notice she received to turn in all company equipment and…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks (SBUX) was finally able to post an improved showing in Q4 results announced Thursday, with US same store sales up plus 4%, ticket up plus 5% and traffic only minus 1%. However, analysts were wary of them attaining their long term 3-5% comps guidance. Starbucks began its Christmas season in store retail and digital…

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals officially revived a case regarding a Starbucks corporate policy that requires an employee to clock out before uploading data about employees’ hours, sales, and other information. The federal case follows a separate state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that determined that Starbucks must pay workers for the off-the-clock…

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Competitor News

The tong war between Tim Horton’s and its own franchisees continued in a big way this past week with the RBI-owned brand moving against a franchisee in Cape Bretton and stripping the franchise owner of his 4 franchises. The franchisor claimed that franchisee David Hughes, who also happens to serve as the head of the…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks has finalized its deal with Nestlé where the latter wins the perpetual rights to market Starbucks packaged coffee and tea brands including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, TeavanaTM/MC, Starbucks VIA Instant, Torrefazione Italia coffee and Starbucks-branded K-cups. Last week, McDonalds announced a new global job training initiative to prepare youth for entering the job market and…

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Competitor News

The rough run that Tim Horton franchisees have been experiencing (with lawsuits against the brand and such) didn’t abate at all this week as Hortons announced it had reached agreement with a franchisee to close 4 stores in Cincinnati. The Canadian coffee & donut chain also closed a store in Indianapolis recently and dropped plans…

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Competitor News

The big news on the competitor front this week was clearly the difficulties Starbucks encountered when the manager of a Starbucks store in Philadelphia called police on two black men who hadn’t purchased anything at the store while they were waiting to meet a third individual. Police arrived and took the 2 gentlemen into custody…

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Competitor News

It’s baaaaack, or so it will be.  Krispy Kreme announced it will return to the Chicago market in November with the opening of a new-designed store in the Chicago suburb of Homewood.  Krispy Kreme, which hasn’t been in the Chicago area for at least the past seven years, plans two more stores next year. Their…

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