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Jonathan Maze

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Financing

How a stuffed crust pizza kept Papa John’s rolling

The pizza chain kept strong sales despite intense competition and an easing quarantine behind its Epic Stuffed Crust Pizza, helping push the chain’s growth even further.

Financing

Why it’s too early to take that victory lap

Restaurant industry sales have surged this year. These increases are so broad-based that it suggests a stiff tailwind, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The pizza chain’s same-store sales rose last quarter despite tough comparisons. It opened a record 123 net new locations in the first half of the year.

The chain’s sales accelerated last quarter, including positive traffic, behind an influx of new customers and Popcorn Chicken.

Chains like Domino’s and McDonald’s see problems sourcing equipment as supply chain disruptions continue.

This week’s episode of the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” features Tabbassum Mumtaz, CEO of Ampex Brands, and Ericka Garza, brand president of its latest acquisition, Au Bon Pain.

As mask mandates return, employee vaccine requirements could go further. But for restaurants facing a labor shortage after a brutal year face challenges doing so. And maybe shouldn’t do that at all.

The burger giant and its franchisees are getting more applications, and argue that people who start their careers at one of their restaurants have better financial security later in life.

The coffee-and-doughnut chain has been gradually improving, behind cracked eggs, new coffee and a loyalty program.

Starbucks will have employees wear masks in company-owned stores as retailers take more aggressive action on masks.

As the coronavirus surges once again, workers could avoid going back to the office, delaying an already uncertain future for urban restaurants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chain is maintaining strong unit volumes, though pressure from competitors ate into its sales last quarter. Chicken nuggets could help.

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