Turnkeys, Franchises and Start-ups

Look Who’s Popping

A natural popcorn franchise pursues an aggressive mall expansion strategy. When Rob Israel first tasted kettle corn in Colorado, he never expected that one day he'... »

Keeping Cyclists Pumped

Bike Fixtation, a self-serve kiosk for cyclists, rolls out first unit. Chad DeBaker and Alex Anderson are hitting the road—make that bike path—with a new kiosk t... »

Money from Movies

Two entrepreneurs found an underserved demographic in the DVD rental kiosk market and are filling that niche. When they were researching franchises, Toni Carlos an... »

Pop-up With Heart

Shoppers in New York fell in love with a recent pop-up benefitting the American Heart Association. Imagine creating a pop-up store that does two things at once: show... »

Recycling’s Rewards

Computerized kiosks trade points for recyclable cans and bottles. PepsiCo Dream Machines are popping up everywhere from college campuses in California to the busy st... »

Gift Cards Get Cashed

Business idea doesn't monkey around with gift cards. Consumers can trade unused cards for new ones. Whether it was a Christmas gift from a coworker or a birthday pre... »

Survival of the Fittest

Education and community outreach are key to franchise's success. People walk into a Max Muscle franchise for many reasons. Most want some combination of solving a he... »

A Fresh Approach

New franchise looks to buck the tradition of unhealthy foods in vending machines at malls and other locations. Jolly Backer was at a trade show for the video game in... »

Perseverance Pays

A southern California bakery opens a second location and weighs its next move. Around age 5, Allyson Ames developed an interest in baking that has never abated. Whe... »

Pop-up Power

Pop-up stores fill an important niche in your mall. Find out what you can do to attract them to yours. Over Halloween and the holidays, many shoppers saw familiar s... »

Starting a Specialty Retail Business

While happy thoughts of becoming a business owner may whirl around in your head, the realities of everyday life may suggest something else. You may be wondering if n... »

Specialty Retail Report’s 15th Annual Guide to Cart & Kiosk Startup Packages

The annual guide to hundreds of products tailored for your specialty retail business. There has never been a better time to test the waters in specialty retail. A m... »

Cashing in on Crepes

A new franchise is looking to popularize crepes in the United States. In 2002, when Mauricio Acevedo and his team of Colombian-born entrepreneurs brainstormed ideas... »

The Power of Pop-Ups

As retailers embrace pop-up stores to boost sales and test new concepts, these temporary stores gain increasing traction in retail centers. Pop-up stores have beco... »

Do You Want Carrots With That?

An innovative self-service kiosk helps diners make healthy eating choices. A new healthcare technology company is helping consumers make healthy eating easier. Usab... »
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