Jack in the Box Inc. has re-franchised 45 company-owned restaurants since May and has plans to sell another 29 by year’s end, taking the company’s 2,200-unit namesake quick-service chain from about 25 percent franchised in 2005 to nearly 80 percent franchised by the close of 2013. The San Diego-based quick-service operator is not alone in the rush to refranchise. Wendy’s, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Così are just a few of the chains accelerating the practice. ...

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