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Friday Franchising News - October 28

Fall Pumpkin

In our previous edition of Friday Franchising News, we got into the spirit of the Halloween season with a taste of how franchises are celebrating. This week has been keeping the pace as we move into November with more irresistible deals, brand alliances, industry acclaim and unique seasonal fare. Grab your favorite fall flavored treat and join us to catch up on the action!

Dickey’s Barbecue Offers Halloween Treats

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is serving a family-friendly, not-so-spooky way to celebrate. All kids in costume eat free on Halloween, with an accompanying adult.  In addition, guests who dress up as Dickey's iconic Big Yellow Cup can enter to win cash prizes and other Dickey's goodies! The grand prize includes $350 cash prize, free barbecue for a year and a Pit Master Pack. The runner-up receives $150, free barbecue for three months and a Pit Master Pack. To enter the costume contest, email a photo of yourself in your Big Yellow Cup costume to by Friday, November 4. Post Big Yellow Cup costume photos on social media using hashtag #BigYellowCup!

Shaq Steps Up as Krispy Kreme Global Spokesman

The larger than life basketball Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O’Neal has added a new notch on his resume. The entertainment superstar and businessman who has made no secret of his affection for the gooey glazed treats on social media, has purchased the brand’s historic downtown Atlanta franchise location on Ponce de Leon Avenue.  Additionally, Krispy Kreme announced Monday that Shaq is the brand’s new global spokesman. The partnership aligns perfectly with Shaq’s commitment to supporting local communities and spreading joy — and what better way than with a box of delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Schlotzky’s Offers Free Sandwiches November 3

The home of The Original oven-baked sandwich will celebrate National Sandwich Day on November 3 by treating guests to a free medium sandwich with the purchase of a medium sandwich (of equal or greater value). The brand has built a name on offering a variety of sandwiches so National Sandwich Day is fitting to reward guests and spotlight the franchise’s seven new handcrafted Specialty Sandwiches. The sandwiches feature unique recipes including one vegetarian option with bold, fresh flavors.

Hyatt Earns Top Ranks for Third Consecutive Year

The hospitality company franchise has been named one of the 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces for 2016, according to global research and consulting form Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE. Hyatt ranked in at 11 on the list, which is based on employees’ assessments of their jobs, managers, coworkers, opportunities for training and support for work/life balance, among other factors. This is the third consecutive year Hyatt has received this global recognition from Great Place to Work® as a positive and diverse workplace.

Arby’s Celebrates Fall with Venison Visions

For many Americans, the arrival of fall means Meat Season is finally here. The sandwich franchise has built a name on serving crafted sandwiches with a variety of meats that extend beyond their signature roast beef. Beginning in early November, Arby’s will release a Venison Sandwich in popular hunting markets including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia. The Venison Sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic, salt and pepper with crispy onions topped with a juniper berry sauce on a toasted specialty roll. Arby’s aims to connect with hunters and offer a sandwich they cannot find at other chains.

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