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HomeVestors Continues Strong Growth during Housing Turnaround.
prnewswire.com - HomeVestors of America (the We Buy Ugly Houses® people) has accelerated its growth in both new franchisees and houses purchased during the first six months of 2014, ahead of the pace of a year ago. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2014
Tropical Smoothie Café Commits $20 Million for Franchisee Financing.
businesswire.com - Tropical Smoothie Café, with the backing of private equity firm BIP Capital, has launched a financing program to help existing franchisees open additional restaurants nationwide by providing... [more] 22 Jul, 2014
Restaurant recruiting firm launches regional development franchising program.
qsrweb.com - Patrice & Associates, a nationwide recruiting firm specializing in the restaurant industry, has introduced a regional development franchising program. ... [more] 21 Jul, 2014
Lessons on landing the big franchisee.
nrn.com - Two big selling points of a relationship with any new significant other have loomed large with emerging restaurant chains that recently signed their first major, multiunit franchise partners, operators said. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
The Habit Burger Grill inks first two franchise deals.
fastcasual.com - Habit Restaurants LLC recently announced it has signed its first two franchise agreements for multi-unit expansion in the Las Vegas and Seattle markets. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
HuHot operations team launches Franchise Business Reviews.
fastcasual.com - HuHot Mongolian Grill announced it's launching a new Franchise Business Review program aimed at helping franchisees review key performance metrics and evaluate the health of their operations. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
Yum's U.S. woes, other data, point to weakness at McDonald's.
reuters.com - Yum Brands Inc's disappointing Pizza Hut and Taco Bell results, along with other data, suggested the U.S. fast-food business remained weak in the second quarter and that industry leader McDonald's... [more] 17 Jul, 2014
Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s brands name new international boss.
qsrweb.com - CKE Restaurants, parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, has announced the promotion of Ned Lyerly to president of its international division. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2014

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CANADA


Menchie's opens stores in Canada, Connecticut.
fastcasual.com - Menchie's marked the opening of two stores recently, including one in Canada in Georgetown, Ontario - the brand's 100th location in that market. ... [more] 21 Jul, 2014

UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND


Mini Monkey Gym.
thefranchisemagazine.net - These are exciting times for Penny Holbrook. In 2009, Penny launched her nursery play enterprise, Mini Monkey Gym, and today she is hard at work supporting the brands first franchisee... [more] 21 Jul, 2014
Rosemary Bookkeeping boosted by two new franchisees.
startups.co.uk - Nationwide bookkeeping chain Rosemary Bookkeeping is set to scale its franchise network after signing new franchisees Ashish Brahmbatt and David Vasey, who will be launching... [more] 18 Jul, 2014

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AUSTRALIA


Salary survey reveals gender pay differences in franchising sector.
franchise.net.au - A survey on the salaries of franchise professionals has revealed women and men in the industry are not earning equivalent wages. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2014
Mortgage Choice reaches pre-GFC franchise numbers.
franchise.net.au - For the first time since January 2009, mortgage brokering firm Mortgage Choice has more than 400 franchises. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2014
SumoSalad celebrates 100th store in Australia.
businessfranchiseaustralia.com.au - The latest milestone for the franchise reflects the changing face of the food court, as more Australians commit to making healthy and ethical food choices. ... [more] 23 Jul, 2014
New look magazine hits the streets.
franchise.net.au - Out now in newsagencies, the new look Franchising magazine is packed with information, knowledge and data to help you in the journey to buy a franchise. ... [more] 21 Jul, 2014


NEW ZEALAND


Extra awards to recognise field managers.
franchise.co.nz - The Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards have added new categories this year to recognise the work of field support managers, as well as special awards for community involvement. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2014

ASIA / PACIFIC


China food scare for McD's, KFC.
nzherald.co.nz - McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken. ... [more] 22 Jul, 2014
PH seen to become SE Asia’s franchising hub.
inquirer.net - The Philippines is well poised to become a franchise hub and investment haven in an integrated Asean economy, as the country enters the so-called “double sweet spot,” which will enable local and... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
Caffe Bene strives for stronger foothold in U.S.
koreaherald.com - Caffe Bene is striving to gain a firm foothold in the U.S. market, hoping to become a bigger presence there within the next three years, Kim Sun-kwon, the chief executive of the South Korean coffee franchise... [more] 17 Jul, 2014
US franchise mission explores prospects in PH.
inquirer.net - Representatives of 14 prominent American franchises are in the country to tap prospective opportunities to partner with local firms as they explore the growing franchise market in the Philippines. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2014

MIDDLE EAST


McDonald’s to hire 4,000 Saudis.
arabnews.com - Global food giant McDonald’s, which has a substantial presence in Saudi Arabia, has announced plans to hire 4,000 young Saudi men as part of its move to expand operations... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
sweetFrog expanding into Egypt.
fastcasual.com - sweetFrog announced today plans to expand into Egypt. The company has signed a development agreement with Vantage Egypt for Tourism & Entertainment, the Food and Beverage division of Halawa... [more] 17 Jul, 2014

ELSEWHERE


VIP launches Bin Cleaning into two new countries.
thefranchisemagazine.net - VIP Bin Cleaning is proud to have launched its business in two new countries, Poland and Botswana, during the month of May. ... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
Starbucks opens first store in Colombia.
fastcasual.com - Starbucks Coffee Company announced today the opening of its first store in Colombia. Fifty more stores are planned to open in the market over next five years. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2014

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