With many states and local jurisdictions raising the minimum wage at the beginning of the year, multi-unit restaurant companies and franchisors are dealing with those higher costs. Richard Simtob, president of Southfield, Mich.-based Zoup! Fresh Soup Co. LLC, has taken a contrarian view by embracing wage increases for many workers at the quick-service concept’s two company locations and the 85 franchised units in the United States and Canada. Simtob, who joined Zoup! as president in ...

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