U.S. Adds 33,000 Franchise Jobs in September
Franchise growth is rebounding. According to the latest National Franchise Report from ADP, the U.S. added 33,000 franchise jobs in September. This is a major boost from the 22,800 jobs added in August. Restaurant jobs accounted for 75 percent of the total franchise growth in September by adding 25,190 jobs this month.
Dunkin’ Donuts Closing 100 Stores
With comparable sales growth slowing in the third quarter for U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, the company said it would close 100 U.S. stores. The restaurants will be closed in 2015 and 2016 as the chain Speedway LLC plans to close 100 locations with Dunkin’ Donuts outlets. Speedway will continue to be a Dunkin’ Brands franchisee.
Taco Bell Introduced Online Ordering, Customization
Taco Bell just gets millennials. This week, Taco Bell launched a new website to fans where they can now customize their order and order online. Fans will be able to add and subtract ingredients from their favorite menu items on the freshly designed site to make it uniquely theirs. Once they are done ordering breakfast, lunch or dinner, customers can order and pay online and pickup in store, avoiding the lines.
Rise Biscuits & Donuts Begins Franchising
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Rise Biscuits & Donuts has opened the brand’s first franchised location in Morrisville, North Carolina. This is the first of six franchise and corporate locations set to open in the area.
Papa John’s Debuts XL Monster Toppings Pizza
There is a new pizza size to choose from at Papa John’s. The new XL Monster Toppings pizza is 33 percent bigger with a 16-inch crust, besting the brand's large pizza while featuring more toppings. The pizza includes tomato sauce topped with mozzarella cheese, large pepperoni, oversized sausage and an additional layer of Italian sausage. The limited-time offer runs through October 25, 2015 and sells for $12.