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Incentives and rewards encourage employee retention

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Inside the Chicago-based corporate office of Home Run Inn, a wall features dozens of photographs of employees who have been with the 90-year-old company for more than two decades. For Home Run Inn president Dan Costello, the images not only celebrate loyal employees, but also remind corporate staff that employees — from GMs to busboysMore »

First five steps to franchising

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As the story goes, John Schnatter parlayed the sale of his beloved 1971 Chevy Camaro into a pizzeria empire and one of the world’s most well known franchised businesses. While lots of dreamy-eyed operators envision becoming the next Schnatter, the path to franchising bliss isn’t as satisfying for every restaurant entrepreneur. For every Papa John,More »

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For your review: Insurance policy coverage

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Insurance policies should be reviewed annually to assure adequate coverage. Although pizza restaurant operators should notify their insurance agents whenever a change has been made that increases the value of the business or its exposure to liability, an annual insurance review offers the opportunity to really take stock, ensuring there’s sufficient protection that would enable theMore »

On the bubble: Marketing beer and wine

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Marketing beer and wine will increase sales and keep customers happy. Alcohol sales often boost an operator’s bottom line, but deciding to carry beer, wine and/or spirits should not be about profits only. Operators need to understand who their customers are, what they want and how to keep them returning while still attracting new customers.More »

Sound Sales Projections Key to Success

Sound sales projections garner stronger labor, purchasing and marketing decisions

At Fresh Brothers, a five-year-old chain with eight stores in the Los Angeles area and another two opening this summer, co-owner Adam Goldberg does not mince words about the importance of sales projections to his expanding pizzeria enterprise. content writing services “The ultimate goal is to run a more profitable operation and that’s something salesMore »

BUYING VERSUS LEASING

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If you’re looking to move or expand, one of your first questions might be whether to purchase or lease your new location. The decision to rent or buy can be as unique as your concept, says Dan Simons, principal with Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group, a restaurant consulting firm with offices in Kensington, Maryland, and Austin,More »

Customer Feedback: Getting It and Using It

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It’s not always easy to hear criticism, but for pizzeria owners, it can be critical to your business. From comment cards to secret shops, different feedback methods will get different results. Here’s what you need to know about four common kinds of customer feedback and how you can best use them to help boost yourMore »

Buying Equipment: New or Used?

Buying Equipment: New or Used?

Jim Fischer’s been in the pizza game for nearly 40 years and in that time, he’s never purchased a new oven. “Not a single one. It’s always been a demo model or a remanufactured oven,” says Fischer, who, after a lengthy run as a Little Caesar’s franchisee, now owns Pizza Patrol, a two-unit operation inMore »