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Aaron’s Acquires Progressive Finance for $700 Million.
bluemaumau.org - Home furniture and appliance lender Aaron's In announced this morning that it has acquired web-based merchandise financier Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC in an all-cash transaction valued at approx... [more] 15 Apr, 2014
Bennigan’s to open second restaurant with new design.
nrn.com - Bennigan’s Franchising Co. plans to open a second prototype casual-dining restaurant in Melbourne, Fla., in midsummer modeled after a new unit that opened earlier this year in Fayetteville, Tenn. ... [more] 15 Apr, 2014
Britain's Tesco returns to U.S. with F&F clothing brand.
reuters.com - Britain's biggest retailer Tesco is to return to the United States with its F&F clothing business only seven months after offloading its loss-making U.S. supermarkets operation Fresh & Easy. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014
Quiznos Postpones Key Hearing on Bankruptcy.
bluemaumau.org - News reports yesterday stated that Quiznos’ hearing on its bankruptcy exit plan will now be May 12, instead of later this month. The reason cited is that unsecured creditors have asked for more time to... [more] 11 Apr, 2014
Del Taco Franchisees Honored with MVP Awards.
qsrmagazine.com - Del Taco announced three of its franchisees received Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine’s Annual MVP (Most Valuable Performer) Awards. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2014
Garbanzo opens 30th location.
fastcasual.com - Phoenix is home to Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill's 30th location. The new restaurant opened this week at 4575 E. Cactus Road in Suite 140 and is the second Garbanzo in Phoenix... [more] 11 Apr, 2014

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CANADA


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
Pizza Pizza sued over franchise deals.
thechronicleherald.ca - Halifax’s Grafton-Connor Group is suing Pizza Pizza Ltd. for misrepresentation and breach of contract. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014

UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


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
Ed’s Garden Maintenance signs five new franchisees to South England.
startups.co.uk - Domestic gardening chain Ed’s Garden Maintenance has announced the addition of five new franchisees to its UK-wide network, bringing its total number of franchisees to 30. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014
Barking Mad welcomes first franchisee to new mobile dog grooming venture.
startups.co.uk - Dog grooming franchise Barking Mad has celebrated the first franchisee to take up its recently launched mobile salon venture; Professional Mobile Dog Grooming. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2014
Bacon, Business & Burning Rubber: Scottish Business Breakfast 2014.
thebfa.org - The Scottish Franchise Business Breakfast is the signature event of Scottish Franchise Week, regularly attracting some 250 people from the business and franchising worlds. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2014
Canadian franchise firm comes to Yorkshire.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Canadian fast food chain Pita Pit is to open its second outlet in the Leeds next month, creating 10 new jobs. ... [more] 10 Apr, 2014

EUROPE


Most Russians Support McDonald's Closures, Poll Says.
themoscowtimes.com - Liberal Democrat Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky's call to close all McDonald's restaurants in Russia received a lot of media attention, and a recent poll shows that most Russians would be glad to see... [more] 14 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


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
SensaSlim caught out for misleading or deceptive conduct.
franchise.net.au - In a Federal Court hearing on 8 April Justice Yates found weight loss franchise SensaSlim engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct on multiple counts. ... [more] 10 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
Fastway Couriers unite at Regional Franchisee Conference.
franchise.co.nz - More than 35 delegates from the Fastway Couriers nationwide network attended its annual Regional Franchisee Conference at the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay Wellington earlier this month. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2014
BurgerFuel takes a bigger bite.
nzherald.co.nz - It's a long way from Ponsonby Rd to Cairo, but the New Zealand fast-food chain reckons it can go further yet - to 1000 new outlets in eight years. ... [more] 11 Apr, 2014


ASIA / PACIFIC


CHINA - Century 21 China Real Estate Signs Lanzhou Franchise Agreement.
prnewswire.com - IFM Investments Limited today announced that it has signed a regional franchise agreement with Gansu Chuanghe Times Investment Co., Ltd. under which Chuanghe Times will operate a sub-franchising... [more] 14 Apr, 2014
INDIA - Landmark Group may snap franchisee agreement with Gloria Jean’s.
indiatimes.com - Dubai-based Landmark Group may terminate its seven-year-old franchisee agreement with Australia's Gloria Jean's Coffee amid heavy losses due to high rentals and stiff competition from rivals... [more] 11 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
MOOYAH opening in Kuwait.
fastcasual.com - MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes has opened its first restaurant in the State of Kuwait. Located in the Al Mahboula area south of Kuwait City, the restaurant is the third new country launch in the Middle East... [more] 10 Apr, 2014

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