Franchises

HHGregg ditches ad campaign, returns to former agency

July 9, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based retailer is going back to Zimmerman Advertising a year after parting ways with the firm and just two months after unveiling a "brand transformation."
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State scrutiny of Village Pantry safety issues set to end

May 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The convenience store chain has been taking corrective action to better protect employees after the shootings of Indianapolis clerks in 2009 and 2011.
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Noble Roman's awarded $1.5M in battle with franchisees

March 27, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based pizza chain is still waiting to collect after being locked in a years-long legal dispute over franchise agreements and royalties.
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J.D. Byrider adds franchises in seven states

March 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
J.D. Byrider, the largest used-car franchisor in the nation, continued its national growth spurt by opening stores in seven different states between mid-December and Monday, the Carmel-based company announced Tuesday.
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Biglari's Steak n Shake licensing deal stirs up criticsRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Greg Andrews
Under the 20-year deal, Sardar Biglari won’t receive royalties if he remains atop the company. But if he were forced out of for anything but malfeasance, or if it were sold, he’d receive 2.5 percent of sales for five years—a sum that could surpass $100 million.
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Steak n Shake cooks up expansion plan for Saudi Arabia

December 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based burger chain has growth plans far afield of its base of operations in the Midwest, intending to open 50 restaurants in the Middle Eastern country.
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Rebranding of bird-food retail chain ups emphasis on core product

December 21, 2013
Sam Stall
Wild Birds Unlimited recently unveiled a new marketing program encompassing everything from revamped store design to new staff training to a rebalancing of the product line. The idea was to place less emphasis on gift items and more on the store’s core product—birdseed.
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Noble Roman's sees rising profit, revenue

November 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The company said it has entered into agreements to open 45 stand-alone take-n-bake pizza locations.
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Biglari shareholder loses bid to stop $75M stock offering

September 20, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge rejected the shareholder's motion claiming that the offering would enable CEO Sardar Biglari to unfairly increase his ownership in the company. Biglari Holdings is the parent of Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake.
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Indy joins national protest over fast-food wages

August 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities, including Indianapolis, plan to walk off the job Thursday in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on McDonald’s Corp., Wendy’s Co. and others to raise wages.
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Steak n Shake dispute with franchisees reaches to Denver

August 5, 2013
Scott Olson
The locally based burger chain filed suit late last month to stop a Denver restaurant owner from operating under its logo in a spat over menu pricing. The franchisee is countersuing.
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Specialty grocer on wish list for MSA development

July 18, 2013
Scott Olson
Flaherty & Collins, the developer of the 28-story tower, "would love to have a Whole Foods" or similar grocer as a retail tenant. With one Marsh two blocks away and another under construction nearby, the project begs the question whether the area can support three groceries.
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Noble Roman's gets rolling with take-and-bake franchises

June 18, 2013
Mason King
Since October, franchisees have opened the first seven stand-alone, take-and-bake locations—dubbed Noble Roman’s Take-n-Bake P’ZA. Nine more are in development or under construction.
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More franchisees join revolt over Steak n Shake menu pricing

May 1, 2013
Scott Olson
Three franchise owners filed suit last month against Steak n Shake, including two on the same day, challenging the company's policy that they say prohibits them from setting their own menu prices.
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Steak n Shake facing new suit over mandatory menu pricing

April 10, 2013
Scott Olson
Another Steak n Shake franchise owner is suing the company over its controversial practice that prohibits restaurants in the chain from setting their own menu prices, even after a federal appeals court sided with a franchisee.
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Charlie & Barney's ends 36-year restaurant run

April 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis chain Charlie & Barney's, known for its chili, has closed its flagship downtown location, leaving it without a restaurant for the first time since its 1977 founding.
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Big Red acquires United Package Liquors

March 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Bloomington-based Big Red Liquors is expanding into Indianapolis by acquiring the assets of United Package Liquors Inc. and taking over operations of the chain’s 24 local stores.
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Penske takes over Hertz car rental locations in Indiana

March 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Michigan-based Penske Automotive Group Inc. has acquired 20 Hertz car rental outlets in Indiana and plans to add at least five locations.
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Local Taco Bell franchisee acquired by California firm

January 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Southern Bells Inc., an Indianapolis-based franchisee that operates 76 regional fast-food restaurants, has been acquired by the country’s largest franchisee of Applebee’s restaurants.
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Two Scotty's to reopen as Detour American Grilles

December 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The owner of the restaurants, Fishers-based MSCB, switched to the new formats after terminating its contracts with the current operator, Indianapolis-based A Pots & Pans Production.
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Yats founders prepare to franchise chain across MidwestRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Yats founders Joe and Regina Vuskovich decided earlier this year to grow their restaurant through franchising. Broad Ripple resident John Sutton and his sister Brittany Franken jumped at the opportunity.
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Another Broken Egg, Drake’s join local restaurant sceneRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Three others, including Granite City Food & Brewery, are adding to their number of Indianapolis-area locations.
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Local Ruth's Chris franchisee takes aim at breakfast

November 8, 2012
Scott Olson
The operator of the Ruth's Chris Steak House locations in Indianapolis is delving into the breakfast business by acquiring the rights to open 16 Another Broken Egg restaurants. The first is slated to open in February on the north side.
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Suzuki files bankruptcy, leaving U.S. market

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The decision will affect two dealerships in the Indianapolis area: Bob Rohrman's Indy Suzuki and Used Car Superstore and the Ray Skillman Westside Auto Mall, both of which sell new Suzuki vehicles.
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Broncos' Manning to own 21 Papa John's pizza franchises

October 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
Peyton Manning will be introduced as the company's newest franchisee in the Denver area during a television spot with Papa John's Chief Executive John Schnatter on Sunday during the telecast of NBC's "Football Night in America."
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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