Bob Faller joins Retail Brand Group, LLC as V.P. Franchise Development

Retail Brand Group, LLC (RBG), of Allentown, PA, announced Bob Faller has joined the company as vice president of franchise development. I first met Bob when I was creating a franchise marketing program and materials for The HoneyBaked Ham Co. He’s a very nice guy, and an effective franchise sales professional with more than 25 years working with such franchises as Wendy’s, Arby’s, Papa John’s, and Ritter’s Frozen Custard. He years of experience should prove invaluable as he leads the RBG franchising efforts.

RBG is a subsidiary of Sodexho, Inc. that was launched as a separate company last year to begin franchising its six fast-casual concepts nationwide. Learn more about the six fast-casual concepts available for franchising at See the Press Release for Bob Faller’s appointment by clicking here.


Innovative Tobacco Shop to Open First Franchise

7 Valleys Custom Blends, the first bulk tobacco shop franchise system, will be launching its first franchise unit in the Harrisburg suburb of Camp Hill, PA in July.

The opening of the store marks the beginning of an aggressive expansion plan for the unique roll-your-own cigarette retail concept, as well as the introduction of the newly redesigned store layout that serves as the franchise prototype. “After 16 years serving a loyal and growing customer base in York and the surrounding area we’re thrilled to make 7 Valleys Custom Blends products available in a new market,” said Mark Tucci, 7 Valleys founder and president. “The Camp Hill store is in the capable hands of two enthusiastic and determined franchisee partners.”. Click here for the complete story…


Cereality Snaps. Competition Crackles.
Loyal Students Pop

The founders of Cereality, a cereal cafe currently in the process of franchising, are dealing with a heaping spoonful of competitive reality. Apparently, they don’t consider the perceived imitation by some very similar restaurant concepts as a sincere form of flattery. They consider it trademark and patent infringement.So they’re suing.The legal tussle caught the attention of Time magazine which has included an article about the cereal smackdown in its latest issue. Click here to read the article. We’d like to get your take on this topic. Is Cereality overreacting? Are the competitors getting a free ride after Cereality has already done all of the heavy lifting? Are protesting college students justified in accusing Cereality of heavy-handedness?And isn’t it poetic justice that it all began in a place named Battle Creek?


Mandler’s Introduces Links To Sausage

Mandlers, The Original Sausage Company, located at Union Square in NYC, has announced the opening of an online sausage store. The company, which began offering franchises relatively recently, sells 9-1/2 inch European-style sausages at its Manhatten-based eatery and is making all varieties of its sausages, along with a line of proprietary mustard blends, available to online shoppers. Check it out at Mandler’s website.

Franchise Directories

Where to shop for franchises online

Emaximation, a company that provides sale lead management to franchisors, released its ranking of the top ten franchise directory portals as indicated by their aggregated client data. They claim the data is based on lead flow from 170+ franchisors and business opportunities that utilize their system. In alphabetical order, the online directories are:

Be the Boss Franchise Gator
Best Franchise Opportunities Franchise Opportunities
Bison Franchise Solutions Network
Franchise Direct
Franchise For Sale Small Business Franchise

Google-owned Alexa ranks the top websites, in terms of web traffic as of today:

1. Franchise Gator 6. Be the Boss
2. Entrepreneur 7.
3. Franchiseworks 8. Best Franchise Opportunities
4. 9. Franchise Emporium
5. Bison 10. World Franchising