Cost Segregation Makes Sense for Remodels

Due to the state of the economy in 2009, Dunkin’ Brands gave franchise owners a pass on their 10-year remodel obligations, but now franchise owners who were due to remodel last year or are due this year, by and large, will have to bite the bullet. So, in a still struggling economy, where can you turn for help with remodeling expenses? Cost Segregation is one answer. DDIFO members read more…..

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McDonald’s wants to rewrap restaurants

Kathy Bergen rports in the Chicago Tribune reports that a McDonalds internal memo emphasizes cash incentives for updates consultant says chain wants to be like Starbucks. As McDonald’s Corp. moves more deeply into the cafe world of lattes, frappes and smoothies, the Oak Brook-based hamburger chain is attempting to speed up the remake of its U.S. restaurants into cozier places to linger and spend money, according to an outside expert.

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McDonald’s US Sales Getting Boost From Breakfast, Snacking

Paul Ziobro, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES reports that McDonald’s Corp.’s (MCD) domestic same-store sales are getting the biggest boost from breakfast and snacking items, helped by recent launches of a $1 breakfast menu and the Mac Snack Wrap, McDonald’s Chief Financial Officer Pete Bensen said Wednesday.

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To Keep Guests, Fast Food Loses the Fiberglass Decor

Brandweek reports that with slate floors and subdued lighting, Arne Jacobsen-inspired egg-chairs and printed wall panels by French architect Philippe Avanzi, a certain lunch spot in Manhattan’s uber-hip Chelsea district fits right in with the nearby boutiques and art galleries. Less predictable is the place’s name: McDonald’s.

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Quiznos Loans Franchisees Capital for Reimage Program

David Farkas reports in Chain Leader that to revitalize its brand, Quiznos is rolling out a new decor package and upgraded training. To get franchisees to buy in, the restaurant chain is loaning them the money. Quiznos is tempting franchisees with a low-interest rate on small loans to be used for remodeling the restaurants.

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