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Denny's Expands Business With New Franchises

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 5/6/2009

The all-day breakfast giant reports positive first-quarter results.

In the first quarter of 2009, restaurant chain, Denny's, continued to expand its franchise base and even open a few new restaurants.

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This franchising news is positive, considering the current economic climate and projections that it will not improve until 2010.

Denny's sold 30 company restaurants to franchisees and opened 11 new restaurants, 10 of which were franchised, according to its first quarter figures.

The company's net income increased by $200,000, which is a modest gain, and its restaurant operating margin for 2009 was 11.7 percent, which was an increase of 1 percentage point from last year.

President and CEO Nelson Marchioli expressed his satisfaction with the company's performance this quarter and he anticipates further growth.

"We are pleased with our results in the first quarter as we made significant progress on our primary goal of improving sales and guest traffic trends," he said.

In particular, Marchioli was eager to continue to open new franchises and give opportunities to new entrepreneurs.

"As Denny's franchisees continue to open new restaurants and purchase company restaurants under FGI, we anticipate further margin improvements and earnings growth," he stated.

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