Subway Tests Café Format

Paul Frumkin reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that sandwich giant Subway is testing a more upscale format called Subway Café, which the company hopes will address the needs of franchisees looking to open in office buildings and other more high-end venues.

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Tim Hortons Sees U.S. as Prime Growth Opportunity

S. John Tilak reports at Reuters that Tim Hortons Inc isn’t content to be Canada’s largest restaurant chain, not when the biggest consumer market in the world lies at its doorstep. Even though Canada’s coffee-and-donuts king has stumbled in the past in trying to replicate its success in the United States, it sees its latest marketing drive south of the border leading to strong sales momentum.

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Native to Area Creates New Menu Items for Dunkin’ Donuts in Buffalo

Danielle Haynes reports in The Tonawanda News that Dunkin’ Donuts just launched a new menu of savory afternoon items created exclusively for Buffalonians, by a Buffalonian. Well, a Kenmore native, actually. Jeff Miller, a 1994 Kenmore West graduate and Dunkin’ Donuts chef, was the driving force behind the creation of the new menu and it was because of his ties to this community that he was chosen to work on the product development.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Outruns other NYC chains

Crains Business New York reports that in a year when consumer-driven businesses helped the New York City economy recover much faster than expected, more national retail chains expanded their presence in the city than reduced their footprints here, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Willowbrook’s Shah Family Featured on CNBC’s Documentary on Franchising

The Chicago Tribune reports that for Vishal Shah it is always “time to make the donuts,” and only the love for his family surpasses his passion for business as a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner. On December 15, the Glenview resident and his daughter Anjali made their television debut when CNBC featured a documentary called “Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising.”

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Hortons’ Retreat From New England

No matter how you slice it, Tim Hortons pull-out from Providence, Hartford and some shops in Maine, proves that the investment Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners have made in these New England markets has paid off.

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Tim Hortons to Buy Back Shares, Close 36 Stores in the Northeast

David Paddon reports at The Globe and Mail that Tim Hortons Inc. will use $400-million from the sale of its half of Maidstone Bakeries to buy back some of its shares on open market, a move that may win investor favour despite some bitter-sweet news announced Wednesday. The iconic Canadian restaurant operator, which has been making inroads into the American market, said it has decided to make a strategic retreat from the Providence, RI., and Hartford, CT., markets in the U.S. Northeast.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Solicits Franchisees in Milwaukee

Dunkin’ Donuts announced earlier this week that in an effort to enhance its franchise locations in the U.S., it is soliciting franchisees to open restaurants in the Greater Milwaukee area, currently home to just four restaurants.

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