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Minimum wage laws pit small franchise owners against city governments

...Franchisees would have to raise employees' wages from the current minimum of $8.25 to $15 within two years.At the restaurant chain Firehouse Subs, the Chicago proposal could lead to customers paying more and getting less service because staffs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-06-27/minimum-wage-laws-pit-smal
Opinions differ among downtown owners on new gun law

...the association's executive director, Karen Bremer, in a statement.Around the country, a growing number of restaurant chains have jumped aboard the anti-gun movement by asking customers to refrain from carrying firearms while dining...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-06-15/opinions-di
Tyson wins bidding war for Hillshire Brands

...Pride already sell some brand-name products, their businesses have been more focused on supplying supermarkets and restaurant chains.In particular, Tyson said it was drawn by Hillshire's stable of breakfast foods, which would better position...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-06-09/tyson-wins-bidding-war-hil
Second PDQ already in the works for Augusta

Operators of a Tim Tebow-backed restaurant chain are already tackling their next project in the Augusta area as construction begins on their first location in Evans.PDQ, standing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-06-06/second-pdq-
Outdoor retailer next tenant named for Augusta shopping center

...There are three Half-Moon stores in Georgia and five in South Carolina. Half-Moon is the fifth retailer or restaurant chain since last summer to announce plans of opening in the 175,000-square-foot center, now undergoing a major redesign...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-05-23/outdoor-ret
Health law to put calorie info on vending machines

...would just be "nibbling around the edges of the problem."The FDA also is working on final rules for requiring restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to post calories information, something some cities already mandate and some large fast-food...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2013-12-28/health-law-put-calorie-info-
Bigger worries are swirling around small stocks

...and they include everything from small oil producers to household brand names. La-Z-Boy, Nutrisystem and restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings are all small-cap stocks, and each has doubled this year.The Standard & Poor's 600 index...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-12/bigger-worries-are-swirlin
Darden plans split from Red Lobster

...dining seafood specialty restaurant operator in North America. Its fiscal 2013 sales were about $2.6 billion. Restaurant chains such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster have suffered since the economic downturn, with customers being more careful...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-19/darden-plans-split-red-lob
Panera Bread's shares hit 52-week low

...stock of Panera Bread Company has seen better days, but contrarian investors should take a look. Shares of the restaurant chain hit a 52-week low of $151.90 on Wednesday after the company acknowledged that its customer service has slipped...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-10-23/panera-breads-shares-hit-5
S&P MidCap 400 index hits record high

...Those in the S&P MidCap 400 have an average market value of $3.5 billion, approximately the value of the restaurant chain, Wendy's. By comparison, the average market value of S&P 500 companies is $30.4 billion, roughly the size...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-10-02/sp-midcap-400-index-hits-r