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Six franchised Smashburger units up for auction.
nrn.com - Six Smashburger units in the San Diego area, along with a 10-unit development agreement, are scheduled for auction on May 22 in the bankruptcy of franchisee SoCal Eats LLC. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
The Melting Pot Announces Aggressive Expansion Plans for North America.
prnewswire.com - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant franchise, announced plans today to expand its footprint in select markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
Pie Five Pizza to be Showcased at Multi-Unit Franchising Conference.
restaurantnewsrelease.com - Pie Five Pizza CEO Randy Gier and other company representatives are joining national franchisors and suppliers to swap strategies and stories at the 2014 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
Top 10 Franchise Businesses For 2014 Reviewed On Empowered Ezine.
prweb.com - A new guide from Empowered Ezine takes a look at the ten most promising franchise businesses this year... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
Zounds Hearing Opens 100th Store.
businesswire.com - Zounds Hearing, Inc., the fastest-growing hearing aid company in the country with franchise locations from coast to coast, announces the opening of its 100th store. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
Industrious Miracle Method Franchisee Expands to Meet Increasing Demand.
prweb.com - Miracle Method Surface Refinishing, the nation's leading bathtub, tile, and countertop refinishing company, opens another location on the East coast to meet increasing demand. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
How Social Franchising Is Bringing Jobs to the Developing World.
entrepreneur.com - Philanthropists are considering whether the franchise model can be used to bring vaccines, contraception, clean cooking fuel, food and other basic necessities to people in the developing world. ... [more] 19 Apr, 2014
FRANdata Announces Promotion of Edith Wiseman to President.
prweb.com - FRANdata, the only independent research company that provides objective information, analysis and consulting about the franchising sector, today named Edith Wiseman President of the company. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2014
31,000 Hires in March! Restaurant and Auto Dealers Lead in Franchise Jobs.
bluemaumau.org - The coming of spring has brought a pleasant thaw in jobs to the franchise sector. American franchises increased the number of individuals hired by 30,830 in March, 2014, according to ADP. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2014

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CANADA


FASTSIGNS Receives High Honors for Franchisee Satisfaction in Canada.
cnbc.com - FASTSIGNS International, Inc. has been recognized by an industry organization for reflecting that same commitment to its Canadian franchise partners. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2014
CFA Announces 2014 Franchisees' Choice Designees.
marketwired.com - The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) announced the recipients of the 2014 Franchisees' Choice Designation on April 7, 2014 at a gala awards presentation during the 23rd annual CFA National... [more] 14 Apr, 2014

UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


EnviroVent franchise owner takes control.
thefranchisemagazine.net - 2013 proved to be another fantastic year for Harrogate based ventilation manufacturer and leading franchisor EnviroVent and 2014 is already shaping up to be even better! ... [more] 16 Apr, 2014
Papa John’s franchisee opens sixth outlet in just few months of joining pizza chain.
startups.co.uk - Leading pizza chain Papa John’s has celebrated the opening of its latest store in Yorkshire town; Harrogate, the sixth outlet added to Dan Wilkinson’s franchise portfolio. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2014
Finalists named for bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards.
thebfa.org - After a record number of entries and an extremely competitive judging process, 20 finalists have been named for the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards 2014, supported by Express Newspapers. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014

EUROPE


Vodafone in legal battle over cancelled franchise.
independent.ie - Vodafone's Greek unit has been sued by Mobile Trade Stores (MTS) for €1.37bn for damages the company said it suffered when Vodafone cancelled franchise agreements. ... [more] 22 Apr, 2014
Hoops to Hooters as AK-47 Courts Moscow Mad at McDonald’s.
bloomberg.com - Andrei Kirilenko, the National Basketball Association player known as AK-47, is defying Russian antipathy toward U.S. brands by opening the country’s first Hooters restaurant. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2014

SOUTH AFRICA


Black-owned franchises decreasing.
moneyweb.co.za - Black-owned franchises are on the decrease, despite efforts to relax access to credit for people wanting to start their own businesses. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014

AUSTRALIA


WA a key growth area for Shingle Inn.
franchise.net.au - Brisbane-based café and bakery franchise, Shingle Inn has its sights firmly set on Western Australia following the opening of its first site at Belmont Forum, Perth in December last year. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2014
Fostering gratitude in franchising leads to greater franchisee satisfaction.
franchise.net.au - Gratitude in the franchise relationship can lead to greater satisfaction rates among franchisees. That's according to research from the Asia-Pacific Centre of Franchising Excellence at Griffith University. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014

NEW ZEALAND


Franchisees in demand as outlook remains positive - survey.
franchise.co.nz - Finding the right franchisees, staff and locations are the biggest concerns for franchising in 2014, but confidence is still high. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2014
Former All Black firing up Aussie spit-roast franchise for Kiwis.
nzherald.co.nz - Former All Black Justin Marshall is bringing a popular Australian mobile spit-roast business to New Zealand. The Auckland franchise of Coast to Coast The Golden Roast was launched with a function at the... [more] 16 Apr, 2014


ASIA / PACIFIC


PHILIPPINES - BPI Family Bank franchise loans to grow 20 percent.
businessmirror.com.ph - BPI Family Savings Bank, the thrift bank arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands, targets to grow its franchising loan business by 20 percent this year. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2014
CHINA - McDonald's marks milestone in continued expansion in China.
chinadaily.com.cn - McDonald's will open its 2,000th mainland restaurant by the end of April, amid high expectations about further expansion of the chain in the Chinese market. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2014
INDIA - Chem-Dry Signs Master Franchise Deal in India.
marketwired.com - Chem-Dry is in the midst of its fastest global expansion in more than a decade and is partnering with Regional Master Franchises to expand the brand across India. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2014
THAILAND - Fico Coffee shoots for 75 outlets in four years.
nationmultimedia.com - Fico Coffee, the franchisee of California-based The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Thailand, aims to more than triple the number of its coffee houses to 75 within four years. ... [more] 17 Apr, 2014

MIDDLE EAST


Crepe Delicious expands to Kuwait!
restaurantnewsrelease.com - Crepe Delicious, Canada’s largest and fastest growing mall-based creperie opened the first of 8 locations in Kuwait. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014

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