Baskin-Robbins Seeks Southern California Franchisees

July 28 2015

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, announced that it is seeking Los Angeles entrepreneurs to develop new and existing ice cream shops in Southern California. Specifically, Baskin-Robbins is seeking candidates who are looking for a sweet opportunity in Glendora, Long Beach, Oceanside, and Pico Rivera, as well as San Diego.

“We’re looking for motivated entrepreneurs who have a passion for their local communities to join our team and take advantage of the many perks that Baskin-Robbins offers,” says Grant Benson, CFE and vice president of global franchising and business development at Dunkin’ Brands. “This is a great opportunity for anyone who has ever thought about owning his or her own ice cream shop. Baskin-Robbins continues to increase its presence around the world, and we’re excited to continue to foster and grow our relationship with Southern California ice cream lovers.”

In addition to the Los Angeles shops for sale, Baskin-Robbins will begin developing one to two other nontraditional shops in the San Diego market, which eligible candidates can purchase. These sites present unique opportunities to own and operate locations that are delivered as ready-to-operate shops. Traditional development opportunities are also available in both the Los Angeles and San Diego markets.

Baskin-Robbins combines delicious treats with a simple operating model. Franchisees enjoy convenient hours of operation, minimal equipment, and little product waste. They also benefit from award-winning training programs and comprehensive operating systems designed to help build business.

In 1945, Baskin-Robbins was founded in Glendale, California, by two ice cream enthusiasts who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream shop that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families. Today, more than 300 million people visit Baskin-Robbins each year to sample from the more than 1,200 flavor creations available in its ice cream library. Baskin-Robbins offers guests its wide range of hard-scoop ice cream flavors, along with custom ice cream cakes, delicious frozen beverages, premium soft serve, and take-home frozen treats.


Pie Five Inks Deal for Missouri, Arizona, and New Mexico

July 28, 2015

Dallas-based Pie Five Pizza just expanded its piece of the pie. The brand known for artisan pizzas, handcrafted with farm fresh ingredients, and baked with lightning speed announced a new development deal with HCW Development that will add 25 locations in Branson and Springfield, Missouri; Tucson, Arizona; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first location is set to open next year in Branson, Missouri.

The newest Pie Five development deal is with franchise partners Rick Huffman and Sam Catanese of HCW Development, who own several hotels, restaurants, and developments in Branson and Phoenix. This new development deal follows multiunit deals recently announced in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. This is in addition to company-owned expansion in Chicago, Houston, and Dallas-Fort Worth. Pie Five has grown from one location to 55 in less than four years. The growth rate for the past fiscal year alone reached almost 200 percent

“The Pie Five concept is on fire across the country—in large part because of experienced operators that really understand how to create great dining experiences for guests,” says Randy Gier, chief eating officer of Rave Restaurant Group Inc. “Rick and Sam make up a talented team and we’re all so excited to welcome them to the Pie Five family and look forward to bringing our unique brand of made-your-way artisan pizzas to their local communities.”

At Pie Five, guests can choose from more than a million combinations of farm-fresh ingredients, artisan sauces, and handcrafted crust variety. Pies bake in just 145 seconds in a custom-designed, state-of-the-art oven. By the time guests arrive at the register, their hot, bubbly, pizza perfection is ready. Additionally, they can add one of Pie Five’s freshly tossed handmade salads served in a baked pizza dough bowl or a decadent home-baked brownie or cookie pie to their meal. The rapidly expanding chain is capitalizing on growing consumer demand for fresh dining options and artisan pizzas in stylish environments without the wait.

“Pie Five is based on creating a custom experience for each guest and our development group is also very passionate about pairing individualized, leading-edge concepts to the communities we serve,” says Rick Huffman, CEO of HCW Development. “We look forward to partnering with Pie Five and their team to expand the leading fast casual pizza brand across country.”


Starbucks (US) Signs Agreement with Groupe Casino (France)

21 Jul 2015

Starbucks has inked a deal with a unit of global grocery behemoth Groupe Casino to license coffee shops in the group’s supermarkets in France.

The Seattle coffee company had 101 locations in France at the end of March — just one for every 647,000 residents, versus one for every 26,000 in the U.S.

Casino, one of the world’s largest retailers, operates 444 supermarkets and 127 larger “hypermarkets” in France, though the two companies didn’t disclose how many locations would have a Starbucks. The first one will open before the end of the year.

The move highlights Starbucks’ shift to growth through licensing rather than operating its own stores in Europe. That has recently helped Starbucks reverse years of sluggish performance in the Old World.

In France, the number of stores operated by Starbucks at the end of March was 77, up about 20 percent from three years earlier, while the number of licensed stores operated by partners soared from 4 to 24 in the same period.

Licensing out to large retailers has been a proven avenue to growth for Starbucks in the U.S., too. Target, for example, has said it has more than 1,000 Starbucks locations in its U.S. stores.

There are about 4,823 licensed Starbucks in the U.S.

The locations within the Casino stores will be run by that group’s restaurant unit, which operates several cafeteria and restaurant chains.

The Seattle Times