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McDonald’s Headless, Thompson a Goner

Same store sales declines, franchisee discontent A shareholder return plan doesn’t satisfy the activist malcontents Foreign exchange and Putin’s inspection Suppliers drive Chinese consumer defection

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Solid Comps, Higher Traffic Propel Brinker Q2

Last year’s investments in technology, kitchen upgrades and new menu offerings, are paying dividends for Brinker International – literally. The 1,635-unit casual dining operator and franchisor said comp sales at its core Chili’s rose 4 percent at company restaurants during the second quarter, with a 2.1 percent boost in customer traffic.

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Biglari: Buyer of More Biglari

Since Groveland Capital LLC. announced on November 21st it would offer up a slate of six replacement directors for Biglari Holdings board of directors, Biglari Holdings (BH-NYSE) CEO Sardar Biglari has been buying up shares of his namesake company to protect his approximate 18% ownership position. But, in the process of buying the thinly traded stock, he’s driven up the share price.

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Shake Shack: A Cornucopia of Great Buzzwords

Share demand for Shake Shack’s upcoming initial public offering is expected to be fierce. The pundits at CNBC are already talking up a $1 billion valuation, which if true, would mean the announced share price range of $14 to $16, would easily double on the opening trade.

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Prediction for Applebee’s 4th Quarter Same Store Sales: Higher Than Expected

Applebee’s franchisees are reporting strong December sales. That’s according to restaurant lenders we’ve talked with recently about improving sales trends. Better weather and lower gas prices over last year are the primary reasons given for the strong Applebee’s showing. Applebee’s is 99% franchised and the top five franchisees operate 47% of its locations.

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FINANCE & REAL ESTATE DIRECTORY

Franchise Times would like to introduce you to the lenders and real estate advisory sources that are targeting the restaurant industry.

 

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