Merging companies aim to ease growing pains

Merging companies aim to ease growing pains

As Applebee’s International moves through the process of merging with IHOP Corp., a high-ranking Applebee’s official recently sent a memo directing associates to “be positive” in the face of a transition that will force leadership changes and alter operational dynamics in corporate offices and restaurants alike.

The message from Philip R. Crimmins, senior vice president of development for

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