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Franchise operators look to former CEO's son for some foresight. Wendy's International Inc.'s franchisees have been concerned that the company's attention has been on matters other than its flagship hamburger operations. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2006
BP to sell off 44 gas stations. BP Products North America Inc. is selling 44 convenience and gas retail sites and 18 surplus locations in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2006
Frozen Custard chain's plans for San Antonio are red hot. Entrepreneur James Oberg is enjoying a good start to his Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers franchise. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2006
2006 FOOD 50 Awards Announced by Franchise Business Review. Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm, announced today the launch of a food industry study of franchise owner satisfaction levels across the country. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2006
Burger King to pay debt. In another sign that Burger King is trying to mend fences with its franchisees, the company has agreed to honor the $1.7 million debt owed to the National Franchisee Association. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2006
McDonald's focuses on next rival: Wendy's. "This is the face of the enemy over the next 18 months," correspondence recently distributed to McDonald's Corp.'s franchisees asserts, in highlighting a series of potential problems. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2006
Cuts Fitness For Men Launching Several Initiatives To Educate Men. Cuts Fitness For Men has announced several strategic education initiatives focused on educating and connecting with men about leading healthy lifestyles. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2006
McDonald's says adios to Chipotle. McDonald's Corp. said Wednesday it would part with its remaining stake in Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants, selling five million more shares in the next two months and completely exiting by the end of the year. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2006
Sovereign widens franchise-lending focus. Sovereign Bank said Wednesday it was expanding its franchise-lending operations in the Midwest and Southwest. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2006
Best Beach Real Estate Makes Major Move Into Franchise Arena. Partners announce expansion as newly franchised WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Best Beach Real Estate brings brand to Miami .... [more] 26 Apr, 2006
Redbox Aims to Up Presence of DVD Kiosks. The big red vending machine at the McDonald's whirrs and hums and spits out rental DVDs of Chicken Little and King Kong - and maybe, if McDonald's is lucky, profits. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2006
1st Anchor Bar franchise will be in N.C. Six months after launching its franchise concept, the famous Anchor Bar has signed its first development agreement. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2006
Ruth's Chris restaurants to be sold to parent company. Ruth's Chris Steak House Inc.'s largest franchisee will sell seven restaurants to the steakhouse chain for $37 million. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2006
Wendy's taps franchisee for new operations post. Wendy's International Inc. on Monday named franchisee Dave Near to the new post of chief operations officer for the Wendy's brand and said its executive vice president of operations is leaving the company. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2006
IHOP Corp. Signs International Expansion Agreement for Franchise Development in Mexico. IHOP Corp. today announced that during the first quarter 2006 it signed a Multi-Store Development Agreement for international expansion in the state of Nuevo Leon in the country of Mexico. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2006
Papa John's could ante up to spur international growth. Papa John's International is looking for the first time at investing its money in markets outside the United States and Great Britain to speed up its development abroad. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2006
Marriott profit dips, beats expectations. Marriott International Inc. on Thursday said first- quarter profit fell 55 percent due to a charge for an accounting change, but results beat analysts' expectations. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2006
eBay Drop-off Store Offers Kiosk Service for Retailers. eBay drop-off store franchise company Auction it TODAY announced a new kiosk service. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2006
Marco's Pizza launches innovative franchisee referral-reward plan. Marco’s Pizza has launched an innovative franchisee referral-reward plan to help it achieve its goal of 500 units by 2010. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2006
DoodyCalls: Finding a gold mine in dog poop. The inspiration came in 2000, when Jacob D'Aniello was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the outskirts of Washington. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2006

7-Eleven Celebrates 200th Franchise Location in D.C. 7-Eleven Inc. has plans to celebrate as its 200th Washington, D.C. area 7-Eleven store becomes a franchise operation. On Friday, April 21. .... [more] 19 Apr, 2006
CFO Anderson to lead Wendy's. Following months of declining sales and a host of image problems, Wendy's CEO Jack Schuessler, 55, resigned late Monday. Named as interim CEO was Kerrii B. Anderson, 48. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2006
Krispy Kreme's results not so sweet. The doughnut company sees fewer stores and lower sales to franchise-holders. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2006
Squabble sours Java Brewing. Once on the verge of becoming a regional player in the specialty coffeehouse segment, Java has closed several Louisville stores and has a lawsuit brewing in federal court. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2006
McDonald's will defend image, sales ahead of critical film. McDonald's said Monday it would increase efforts to educate consumers about the quality of its food ahead of a highly-anticipated book and movie that are expected to criticize the world's largest fast-food chain. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2006
Unique Pizza and Subs launches 1,000-store national expansion plan. Unique Pizza and Subs Corp. expects a fast delivery in its national expansion plans, as it looks to serve up 1,000 new locations within five years. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2006
Rockelle Announces Third State For Stewart's Franchise Expansion. Rockelle Corporation is pleased to announce Maryland as the next State in its Stewart's Original Root Beer Restaurant franchise expansion. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2006
Every Franchising Obstacle Presents an Opportunity to Improve Your Position. Hospitality Solutions LLC assists California franchisee facing $110,000 in liquidated damages in exiting the franchise contract with zero LDs. .... [more] 13 Apr, 2006
Tips on buying a franchise. Grant Fawcett had worked for his family's six McDonald's restaurant franchises. So when he was looking at business ownership last year, he and wife Amy, another McDonald's franchising veteran, chose franchising. .... [more] 12 Apr, 2006
Firehouse Subs Founders Watch Their Franchise Grow. Days spent traveling on a tour bus once used by Garth Brooks' children and nanny might sound like a glamorous life, but the founders of one of the country's fastest-growing sub shops say the schedule is grueling. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2006
McDonald's owner wins top award. Miles Ichinose, owner and operator of McDonald's Corp. franchises on Oahu, has received the company's prestigious Golden Arch Award. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2006
Three Tips for Financing Your Franchise Purchase. If you're headed to the bank for a loan, this advice may help speed along your application. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2006
Print franchiser planning four Jacksonville locations. A Michigan printing and graphics company is planning to open franchises in Jacksonville by helping franchisees purchase existing printing businesses. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2006
Lucky 13: Famous Dave's franchisees lay out growth plan. Famous Five Dining hopes to go from five to 13. The Franklin-based franchisee of Famous Dave's barbecue eateries plans to open a restaurant every nine months until it hits 13. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2006
Burger wars. Frank Valenti, his brother Charles Valenti and two business partners have shut down their five Burger King restaurants in the St. Louis area. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2006
Burger King chief leaves ahead of IPO. urger King said Friday that its chairman and CEO is resigning to return to running his private equity firm, ahead of the initial public offering for the No. 2 fast-food chain. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2006
Starbucks sales soar on Hawaii conversion. Starbucks Corp. reports March sales up 10 percent from last year, but much of the improvement was the conversion of Hawaii franchises to owned locations. .... [more] 7 Apr, 2006
Wendy's Franchisees Form Association. The Old Fashioned Franchise Association is pleased to announce the formation of a Franchise Association designed to represent the interests of the U.S. franchisees of Wendy's International, Inc. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2006
Command Center Assumes Management and Financial Control of 41 Franchise Locations. Command Center, Inc., an emerging provider of temporary staffing services in the United States, announced today that it has assumed management and financial control of 41 franchise store locations. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2006
Captain D's expanding into Puerto Rico. Captain D's has signed a letter of intent with Restaurant Development Group LLC to develop 125 restaurants over the next 10 years in Puerto Rico. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2006
Gym Franchisee Says Program Is a Good Fit. The administrative work has been the biggest challenge for a former real-estate agent turned franchisee. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2006
Netflix sues Blockbuster to stop its online service. Online DVD rental company Netflix sued rival Blockbuster for patent infringement, asking a federal judge in Northern California to shut down Blockbuster's 18-month-old online rental service and award Netflix damages. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2006
Regis Corporation Acquires Famous Hair Salons. Regis Corporation today announced the acquisition of a well-established chain of 105 salons located primarily in Ohio and four other states. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2006
Dollar Financial Buys Franchisee Outlets. Dollar Financial Corp., which provides financial services to low- and middle-income customers, said Monday it bought six stores from a franchisee in southeast England for $1.7 million. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2006
Choice Hotels Expands Franchise Ownership Among Minorities. Worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International, Inc. today announced that 2005 was a watershed year for the company's Emerging Markets Division. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2006
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