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Orange Leaf franchisee seeks $33M in suit.
ibj.com - A dispute between one of the nation’s largest frozen yogurt chains and a local franchisee has sparked dueling lawsuits, in one of which the franchisee is seeking $33 million in damages. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2014
Settlement reached in Steak n Shake franchisee suit.
ibj.com - Steak n Shake boss Sardar Biglari is so wedded to the company’s $4-meal strategy that, at many locations, the pricing is part of the permanent signage. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2014
Wireless Zone Expands in New York.
prweb.com - Wireless Zone, the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless retail franchise, has announced plans to expand throughout New York with 10 all-new stores planned before 2016. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Army Vet Starts Franchise Business for Other Veterans.
foxbusiness.com - JDog Junk Removal’s mission isn’t limited to hauling junk: The growing franchise business is also dedicated to providing business opportunities to veterans and their family members. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Habit Burger raises $90M in public debut.
nrn.com - Habit Restaurants Inc. raised $90 million in its debut on the public market Thursday, with an opening day pop that more than doubled its share price. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2014
Totally Nutz Shows Off New Franchising Website.
qsrmagazine.com - Totally Nutz, a snack-based quick-serve concept, unveiled a new franchising website that features in-depth details about its business model and franchise opportunity. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2014
Pizza Inn Welcomes Opening of 3 New Franchises.
qsrmagazine.com - When the first Pizza Inn restaurant opened across from Dallas’ Southern Methodist University back in 1958, no one had any idea of the presence the restaurant would one day have. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2014
Papa John's franchise group changes name, adds board members.
pizzamarketplace.com - Dixie Foods International Inc., a Papa John's and Capriotti's Sandwich Shops franchisee, has changed its name to Preferred Restaurant Brands. The company has also added six members to its board... [more] 18 Nov, 2014
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK metro St. Louis franchisee's receive award.
stltoday.com - TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Saint Louis Franchisee’s Carey and John Judson were awarded the Alan A. and Edith L Wolff Inspiration Award by the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2014

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CANADA


Days Inn Expands Presence in Atlantic Canada.
cfa.ca - Realstar Hospitality today announced the opening of Days Inn & Conference Centre – Dalhousie, the brand’s fourth property in New Brunswick. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2014
9Round Opens First Canadian Gym in Bolton, Ontario.
cfa.ca - 9Round, America’s fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise, recently opened its Bolton location in November at 12612 Hwy 50 and will be hosting its Grand Opening on January 3rd. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2014
World’s-First ‘Microgreens’ Franchise Opportunity Sprouts Multi-Million Dollar Success.
cfa.ca - Having secured a $400,000 investment on Dragon’s Den and gaining official endorsements from Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver, Urban Cultivator knew they were onto a winner with their Living Produce Aisle franchise... [more] 18 Nov, 2014

UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


Domino's Pizza franchisee sizzling with €4.2m profits.
independent.ie - The country's largest Domino's Pizza franchise operator served up a €4.2m pre-tax profit last year as turnover hit €33m and consumers started spending on little luxuries again. ... [more] 15 Nov, 2014

EUROPE


Burger King scraps contracts in Germany.
dw.de - Burger King has terminated its contracts with its biggest franchisee in Germany, Yi-Ko Holding, after reports of poor hygiene and working conditions emerged earlier this year. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2014

SOUTH AFRICA



AUSTRALIA


Bakery franchise Pie Face in administration.
9news.com.au - National bakery franchise Pie Face has been placed into voluntary administration, but promises to keep operating while administrators review its operations. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Beaumont Tiles opens its 100th outlet in Australia.
businessfranchiseaustralia.com.au - From a side venture in the 1960’s to Australia’s largest tile and bathroom ware retailer, Beaumont Tiles has cemented itself as the industry leader recently opening its 100th outlet. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Healthcare franchise opens in WA.
franchisebusiness.com.au - The healthcare franchise chain Back in Motion has recently opened its first outlet in Western Australia. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2014
Ben & Jerry’s to open first Adelaide scoop shop at Norwood.
theaustralian.com.au - Adelaide's first Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop will open in the Hoyts Norwood cinema complex in January or February. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2014
Franchised Food Company is embracing the co-branded model.
franchisebusiness.com.au - Franchised Food Company (FFCo) has adopted the co-branding approach with its Cold Rock Express brand, and there are plans to implement a similar strategy with the Trampoline Gelato... [more] 19 Nov, 2014


NEW ZEALAND


Demand for retail space in suburbs.
stuff.co.nz - Franchises in bigger stores continue to displace smaller, locally-owned businesses in Invercargill's central business district - but there appears to be a suburban revival with increased demand for shop space in... [more] 22 Nov, 2014
Petrol stations to be audited for 'unlawful' pay docking.
3news.co.nz - The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) says it will be undertaking a review of petrol stations over the "unlawful" practice of docking employee pay to cover petrol drive-offs. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Apology for petrol employee’s docked pay.
3news.co.nz - A petrol station employee who had his pay docked over petrol thefts has received an apology from the company's boss. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Mad Butcher opens 40th store.
scoop.co.nz - Veritas Investments Limited subsidiary Mad Butcher Limited has opened its 40th franchise store. Located in the Nelson suburb of Stoke, the store provides direct access to a local market of some 7,000... [more] 17 Nov, 2014
Franchise Awards 2014/15 - full results.
franchise.co.nz - Specsavers is the 2014/15 Franchise System of the Year and Ivy Joe of The Coffee Club is New Zealand's top franchisee for the third year in a row - possibly a world record! ... [more] 16 Nov, 2014

ASIA / PACIFIC


Failure to register franchising operations could attract sanctions.
vietnamnet.vn - GlobalVue has ranked Viet Nam as one of the top 10 potential markets for franchise ventures in 2013. However, figures from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) showed that only 126 foreign franchisers... [more] 22 Nov, 2014
Burger King to enter Fijian market.
fijilive.com - Fastest growing burger chain - Burger King will soon enter the Fijian market. This has been made possible through an agreement between Motibhai Group and BURGER KING® Asia Pacific. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2014
Nando's expands presence in India, opens another outlet.
business-standard.com - Nando's, a chain of casual dining restaurants based in South Africa, has opened its third franchise of Flame Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken restaurant in Connaught Place here Thursday night. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Mother Dairy To Tap South India.
franchiseindia.com - Mother Dairy, one of the leading dairy major in the country is entering Chennai after test marketing its product in the southern market for almost two years. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Gigi’s Cupcakes Signs 100-Unit Franchise Agreement in South Korea.
businesswire.com - Gigi’s Cupcakes, America’s largest cupcake and specialty baked goods franchise, has signed a master franchise agreement to develop 100 locations in South Korea in coming years. ... [more] 20 Nov, 2014
Hardcastle to open 150 new McCafe stores.
mydigitalfc.com - Hardcastle Restaurants, a master franchise for western and southern Indian operations of McDonald's restaurants is expanding its footprint by opening 150 new McCafe stores over the next three-five years... [more] 18 Nov, 2014
Coffee Beanery hopes to open more shops in China.
abc12.com - Business leaders from nine Michigan companies will be in China next week. Their mission is to increase export opportunities from our state. One of those companies is from Mid-Michigan. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2014
Cooks on coffee high in China.
stuff.co.nz - Listed cafe operator Cooks Global Foods has opened its 20th Esquires Coffee House in China, doubling the number it has in the country in a year. Another five were expected to open by the end of this year. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2014
Quiznos opens Southeast Asian units.
nrn.com - Quiznos’ U.S. unit count continues to decline, but the fast-casual sandwich chain is pushing into Asia in a big way over the next few years. ... [more] 17 Nov, 2014

MIDDLE EAST


Burger King may return to Israel.
haaretz.com - Four years after it disappeared from downtowns and shopping malls, the American fast food franchise Burger King may be coming back to Israel. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2014
Americana Group to Open 35 Additional TGI Fridays™ Restaurants by 2019.
businesswire.com - Americana Group and TGI Fridays today announced that they will significantly grow their partnership with a new agreement for Americana to open 35 new Fridays restaurants over the next five years. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
ADCC launches GCC’s first franchise association.
gulfnews.com - The GCC’s first franchise association, the UAE Franchise Development Association, was launched on Tuesday as an independent entity aiming to expand the franchise base in various industries... [more] 18 Nov, 2014

ELSEWHERE


Doc Popcorn plans 100 locations in Chile, Peru.
qsrweb.com - Doc Popcorn has announced plans to add 100 new units in Chile and Peru throughout the next 15 years following a recently executed master franchise agreement with Alice Keh and her husband, Patricio Haristoy. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
Domino's Pizza Opens First Store in Kenya.
prnewswire.com - Domino's Pizza, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is continuing its international growth momentum by opening its first store in Kenya. ... [more] 18 Nov, 2014

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