Restaurant operators look to diversify interests

Operators invest in multiple concepts to hedge against economic hardships

There was a time when franchisees built their empires focusing on a single brand, but that was before the Great Recession underscored the importance of a diversified franchise portfolio.

Today a growing number of franchisees are ditching the simplicity of operating a single brand and rounding out their holdings as a buffer against the stop-and-go economy. Multiple brands also help to smooth out sales swings between dayparts and seasons, and to ensure continuing expansion oppo

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