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Why RadioShack's Shuttered Stores Won't Be Vacant for Long.
entrepreneur.com - With RadioShack in bankruptcy, there are plenty of businesses ready to make lemonade out of the electronics chain's lemons. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2015
Marco's and Family Video celebrate 100th opening.
pizzamarketplace.com - Marco’s Pizza announced the opening of its 100th location with its largest franchisee, Family Video. Family Video began a partnership with Marco’s Pizza in 2012 placing kitchens alongside its stores. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2015
Largest Church's Chicken franchisee awarded 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year.
qsrweb.com - Aslam Khan, the largest franchisee of the Church's Chicken system, received an award for 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year at the IFA's annual convention in Las Vegas on Feb. 18, 2015. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2015
Domino's financials reveal 21st consecutive year of international same-store sales growth.
pizzamarketplace.com - Domino's Pizza Inc. has released its Q4 and FY 2014 results, and same-store sales continue their growth trajectory... [more] 25 Feb, 2015
Here's what activist investors want from McDonald's new CEO.
yahoo.com - McDonald's new CEO Steve Easterbrook officially starts work in a week, and already investors want to know what his plans are to turn around the embattled fast food giant. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2015
Einstein Bros. set to shutter 39 locations.
fastcasual.com - Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has announced it plans to shutter 39 underperforming stores in 11 states on Feb. 24. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2015
Quiznos Franchisee Group Expresses Optimism after Bankruptcy.
bluemaumau.org - The Quiznos Franchisee Association (QZFA), which commenced as a result of the 2010 settlement of four franchisee class action lawsuits, are today expressing their optimism on how the franchisor is moving... [more] 21 Feb, 2015
Wendy’s franchisee files counterclaim over remodels.
nrn.com - One of Wendy’s largest franchisees, whom the operator is suing over its refusal to remodel restaurants, has countered that the franchisor’s “Image Activation” program is “economically unfeasible.”. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2015

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CANADA


Domino's Canada ends contract with North Vancouver pizza franchise.
cbc.ca - Domino's Canada has terminated its contract with a North Vancouver, B.C. franchise after two of its fired employees claim they were exploited by their bosses. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2015
The Battered Fish Announces First Ontario Franchise in Toronto.
cfa.ca - The Battered Fish is please to announce the sale of their first Ontario location, opening in Toronto in March. The new location will be at 224 Queen Street West. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2015

UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


Red Flag Alert welcomes first three franchisees.
startups.co.uk - Red Flag Alert has announced its first three franchisees, expanding its reach to Cheltenham, Basingstoke and Manchester. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2015
Franchise Advisory Councils: a valuable tool or necessary evil?
thebfa.org - Damian Humphrey offers his thoughts on the role of franchisee organisations and the benefits they can confer on a network. ... [more] 23 Feb, 2015
Oven Wizards bolsters franchise team with first female franchisee.
startups.co.uk - Domestic cleaning brand Oven Wizards has strengthened its franchise team with the addition of its first female franchisee, Melissa Whiting, who will operate in the Derby and Belper area. ... [more] 20 Feb, 2015

EUROPE


Creative Learning Corporation Awards Franchise in Croatia.
businesswire.com - Creative Learning Corporation is pleased to announce that BFK FRANCHISE COMPANY, LLC has recently awarded a franchise in Croatia, bringing the total number of countries with franchises to 37. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2015
Unions, charity accuse McDonald's of avoiding $1.1 billion in tax.
reuters.com - Labor unions and a charity accused fast food chain McDonald's of avoiding around 1 billion euros in tax by routing revenues through a Luxembourg unit and called on the European Commission to investigate. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2015
BURGER KING Brand in Austria on an Expansion Course With a New Structure.
yahoo.com - BURGER KING Brand in Austria on an expansion course with a new structure. Strong master franchisee seeks to accelerate the growth of BURGER KING restaurants and create 1,000 new jobs by 2020. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2015


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AUSTRALIA


Go Harvey Norman – profit up 27pc after slashing franchisee support.
smh.com.au - Harvey Norman is heading for a second year of double-digit profit growth, as record low interest rates and rising house prices fuel demand for furniture, whitegoods and homewares in Australia and... [more] 27 Feb, 2015
No "tsunami of complaints" about franchising … yet: ACCC report.
smartcompany.com.au - While overall complaints about franchising were down, a leading franchising expert expects the ACCC to report a greater level of complaints and enquiries about the updated Code of Conduct in the next... [more] 24 Feb, 2015

NEW ZEALAND


Lawyer threatens court action over copied franchise agreements.
franchise.co.nz - A prominent New Zealand franchise law firm has reached settlement after threatening legal action over the copying of one of its franchise agreements. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2015
Fastway announces new global marketing manager.
franchise.co.nz - Simon Sproule has been appointed as the new Global Marketing Manager at Fastway Couriers. Effective immediately, Simon reports directly to Chief Executive Officer, Scott Jenyns. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2015
Mad Butcher owner announces solid half year result, confirms 70% dividend.
franchise.co.nz - As the 40th Mad Butcher store opens in Nelson, Veritas Investments Limited has announced a half-year net profit after tax of $1.7m. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2015

ASIA / PACIFIC


Asrapport Dining Signs Franchise Agreement with Taco Bell Corp. for Japan.
businesswire.com - Asrapport Dining Co., Ltd announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Taco Bell Corp. for restaurant openings in Japan. ... [more] 26 Feb, 2015
PC Jeweller plans Rs 1,500-crore investment, 200 new outlets.
indiatimes.com - As part of its retail expansion strategy, country's leading jewellery brand PC Jeweller plans to invest Rs 1,500 crore and launch 200 new outlets by 2019. ... [more] 22 Feb, 2015

MIDDLE EAST


UAE's Just Falafel closes last of its UK branches.
arabianbusiness.com - Just Falafel, the UAE-based street food retailer has closed all of its branches in the UK, according to reports. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2015
Sixt launches services in Kuwait.
traveltrendstoday.in - Sixt has extended its international network to Kuwait. The mobility provider will be welcoming its customers at the international airport as well as in the centre of Kuwait City. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2015

ELSEWHERE


Quiznos Franchisee Opens Drive-Thru in Costa Rica.
qsrmagazine.com - QSR International will open a Quiznos restaurant with drive-through service located near the municipal courthouse in Guadalupe, San José, Costa Rica. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2015

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