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Unishippers Sells 10th National Franchise, Continues Strategic Development.
businesswire.com - With more than 290 franchise locations across the nation, Unishippers recently sold the company’s 10th National franchise. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2014
McDonald's Franchisees Say The Company Is Bankrupting Them.
businessinsider.com.au - McDonald’s franchisees are furious that the company’s aggressive promotions and costly restaurant upgrades are squeezing their profits, according to a new survey. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2014
The Melting Pot Targets Portland, Maine for Franchise Expansion.
prnewswire.com - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. announced today that it is actively seeking franchisees on the East Coast to bring its interactive dining experience to Portland, Maine, naming the city as a target for... [more] 20 Oct, 2014
IFA Lawsuit Against Seattle Minimum Wage Law Moves Forward.
franchise.org - In court filings this week, the IFA provided new details in support of its legal challenge to the provisions of Seattle’s new minimum wage law that discriminate against small franchise businesses. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2014
Stonework Franchising is Now Open.
pr.com - STONEWORK Franchising opened for business a few months ago and is tackling the hardest part about leaving the military, uncertainty. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2014
Mr. Appliance Announces New Franchise Locations.
franchising.com - Mr. Appliance announced the opening of nine new franchise locations in North America during the 3rd quarter of 2014. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2014
U.S. Franchise Unit Turnover Rate Is 122 Percent.
bluemaumau.org - New research shows that the turnover rate for franchise outlets in the United States over the last four years from the beginning of 2010 to the end of 2013 is 122 percent, with more leaving than opening. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2014
NYC Papa John's pizza franchisee sued for $2 million.
reuters.com - New York state's attorney general sued the owners of five Papa John's pizza restaurants in Manhattan on Thursday for about $2 million over claims that they had underpaid 400 delivery workers and shaved hours from... [more] 16 Oct, 2014
Pincho Factory launches franchise efforts.
fastcasual.com - Miami burger concept Pincho Factory announced plans to launch into franchising. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2014

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CANADA


Burger King hunting for B.C. retail sites.
biv.com - Redberry Franchising Corp., the operator of Burger King Canada, has engaged Cushman & Wakefield’s retail and franchise team to help the company find sites for outlet expansion. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2014
Second Cup To Acquire 17 Franchised Cafés and Bring Top Operators In House.
yahoo.com - Today, The Second Cup Ltd. announced the acquisition of 17 Second Cup cafés concentrated in prime Toronto area locations. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2014
Boston Pizza unveils new urban store design in Vancouver.
pizzamarketplace.com - Boston Pizza International Inc. has opened its 61st location in British Columbia at 808 Beatty St. in downtown Vancouver. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2014

UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


Project Pie, Former Hakkasan CEO Niall Howard to Develop 60 Restaurants in UK and Ireland.
businesswire.com - Project Pie will add 60 locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland following a new master agreement with The Canavan Co. UK Ltd., in partnership with former Hakkasan CEO Niall Howard... [more] 17 Oct, 2014
WH Smith to open budget greeting card chain.
thetimes.co.uk - WH Smith intends to open a chain of specialist greeting cards outlets under the name “cardmarket” in the retailer’s latest effort to tackle declining sales of books, newspapers and magazines. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2014
10 weird McDonald’s facts as fast-food chain celebrates 40 years since opening first UK restaurant in Woolwich.
newsshopper.co.uk - Forty years ago the world-famous Big Mac hit the UK streets and it all started in Woolwich. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2014


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AUSTRALIA


Local ‘hubby’ claims top franchisee award.
redlandcitybulletin.com.au - Tony Eathorne may just be Victoria Point's handiest man after claiming the top prize at the recent Hire A Hubby Franchisee of the Year awards. Tony picked up the Queensland award reserved for a multi-... [more] 21 Oct 2014
Pizza wars, rebrands and customer loyalty on the menu at Franchise Marketing Forum.
franchise.co.nz - Case studies on how to manage the largest franchise rebranding program in the last decade, as well as how to survive pizza price wars will be featured highlights of this year’s Franchise Marketing Forum... [more] 20 Oct 2014
BurgerFuel to open five more restaurants in Australia.
franchise.co.nz - BurgerFuel Worldwide is to expand its operations in Australia with five new stores in the next six months. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2014
Burger Edge to operate within a new space.
franchise.net.au - ALH Group and Shine Hospitality have teamed up to bring Burger Edge to Melbourne's Albion Charles hotel, a move that will see the franchise enter a completely new space. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2014

NEW ZEALAND


World Franchise Council speaks out on franchisee independence.
franchise.co.nz - The World Franchise Council has responded to concerns about what it sees as a growing trend internationally for franchisors and franchisees to be caught up in employment legislation. ... [more] 17 Oct 2014
Upper Hutt gets serious about attracting new business.
franchise.co.nz - Upper Hutt City Council is seeking to stimulate the local economy by offering incentives for businesses to set up and expand within the city. ... [more] 15 Oct 2014

ASIA / PACIFIC


Krispy Kreme Takes Its Doughnuts To Powai.
franchiseindia.com - Established in 1937, American doughnut brand Krispy Kreme opened its outlet at Hiranandani Gardens in Powai, Mumbai. ... [more] 21 Oct 2014
Over 300 brands at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2014.
asiaone.com - Entrepreneurs and prospective franchisees met face to face with representatives of international brand concepts for 3 days during the 9th annual Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia). ... [more] 20 Oct 2014
CIMB Private Equity Invests In 7-Eleven Franchise In Indonesia.
bernama.com.my - CIMB Private Equity has acquired a minority stake in PT Modern Internasional Tbk (MDRN), the listed retail operator and owner of the 7-Eleven convenience store franchise in Indonesia. ... [more] 20 Oct 2014
Creative Learning Corporation Awards Master Franchise in India.
franchising.com - Creative Learning Corporation is pleased to announce that BFK Franchise Company, LLC has recently awarded a master franchise in India, bringing the total number of countries with Bricks 4 Kidz franchises to... [more] 17 Oct 2014
KBank event to attract franchise interest.
nationmultimedia.com - Kasikornbank projects franchise business will grow by 10 per cent to Bt260 billion this year, driven mainly by the food, education and service industries. ... [more] 17 Oct 2014

MIDDLE EAST


Auntie Anne's Plants Its Flag in Aruba and Israel.
qsrmagazine.com - Auntie Anne's Pretzels has marked its entry into two new countries with recently opened locations in Reina Beatrix Airport in Aruba and Gold Mall in Rishon LeZion, Israel. ... [more] 20 Oct 2014

ELSEWHERE


Unlocking franchising opportunities in Africa.
cnbcafrica.com - With Africa’s focus shifting from mineral extraction to consumer-driven, more franchising opportunities will be unlocked. ... [more] 15 Oct 2014

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